What is a Final Judgment in a divorce case?
In Divorce actions, the Final Judgment is the document identifying the final order of the court in your case. Until the final judgment is entered, the court may may temporary decisions regarding issues that need to be determined during the pendency of your divorce, but the final judgment will address all issues in your case.
If the final judgment does not dispose of all integrally related matters at issue in the case, the final judgment is not necessarily the final order in the case. If the court reserves on any issues, the judgment may not be final. Once there is a final order in the case, either party may still have cause appeal the court’s decision, but the appeals court will not have jurisdiction to appeal a final judgment unless it is in fact the final order in the case, and it addresses all integrally related issues in the case.
See El Gohary v. El Gohary, 36 Fla. L. Weekly D2754.
Patricia Dills is an Attorney with Martin Law Firm, P.L., whose practice focuses in Divorce, Child Support, Family Law, and Civil Litigation. She primarily practices in Naples, Collier County, and Fort Myers, Lee County Florida.