This means all or part of your case has been sent to a magistrate, sort of like an assistant judge. A magistrate can usually do all the same things a judge can do, like make rulings, hold trials and hearings, etc., but a magistrate's rulings must be approved by the judge, which generally happens automatically unless someone objects. If neither side has a lawyer, it's very common in many Florida counties for a divorce case to be sent to a magistrate. There is usually a quick time limit for you to object to your case or issue being sent to a magistrate as opposed to remaining with the judge. Sometimes, having your case heard by a magistrate will speed things up.
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Attorney Rose is correct. Generally, the GM deals with parties who don’t have attorneys. You should consult a local attorney so he or she can give you a complete legal analysis of your situation.
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