A Review of Recent Appellate Opinions
Seligsohn v. Seligsohn
43 Fla. Law Weekly D2637c
Fourth DCA; November 28, 2018
In a final divorce judgment, the trial court ordered the wife to “attend weekly [parent effectiveness training] until further Court order. She shall demonstrate to the Court and in her parenting and verbally what has been taught to her, and that she understands what she has been taught and that she can put into practice what she has been taught.” The trial court further ordered the parties to exercise shared parental responsibility, but granted the former husband “ultimate decision-making authority as to all issues,” if the parties disagreed. The former wife appealed. Did the trial court err in so ordering?
The answer is :
Yes. The parent effectiveness training order was vague and ambiguous about the scope and the termination date of the parent effectiveness training. Also, ultimate decision-making authority over a child must be limited to specified decisions when the parents are awarded shared parental responsibility.
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