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Glossary of Terms
|Case Law Citations
(cites) - An excellent reference book for
persons without any legal background is the one titled
"Legal Research" seen on the right..
It will teach you the composition of a case cite that are
frequently used in family law cases. It will demystify what
you are reading and help you to understand the basis upon
which courts rely to make rulings.
You will learn how to do your own research and understand
what you are doing and why. This is an invaluable guide for
the person who is self-represented in court. It is written
in easy to understand layman's language.
The following case cites are from Florida. To
find out if there are similar cases in your state, you might want to
go to the courthouse to their legal library. If they have a
computer, you can access one of the vendors who provide case cites
at no charge to you. Another free place you can go online is
The use of appropriate words to be used as
keywords is very important. Check the cases below and they will give
you hints as to which keywords to search for.
and Attorney's Fees
Barna, 850 So.2d 603 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003 -
for a Writ of Certiorari for fee shifting. Frivolous Motions.
Finol, 869 So.2d 866 (2004): No client-attorney
privilege exists in requests for discovery relating to the fees paid
to an attorney. Bank accounts, credit card accounts, are all subject
to a subpoena and your attorney will fork over that information to
your former wife's attorney. Don't forget to get a receipt.
v. Seaside Community Development Co.
1st DCA Case #1D04-3270 (Aug. 5, 2005)
attorney’s fees is deficient if it does not set forth specific
findings regarding the attorney’s hourly rate, the number of hours
reasonably expended, and the appropriateness of reduction or
Right to Privacy
Littlejohn v. Rose,
768 F. 2d 765, *6th Cir. (1985) - The case states that divorce is within the
umbrella of the Right of Privacy. That means any statute written in that zone is
privacy protected and presumptively unconstitutional. The only question
remaining is: "Is there a compelling state interest for the alimony statute and
is it minimally applied?"
Loving v. Virginia -
388 U.S. 1,
12, 87 S.Ct. 1817 (1967):
Miscegenation law (marriage between
races) held violative of Equal Protection: "Marriage is one of
the ‘basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very
existence and survival."
Planned Parenthood v. Casey
- (505 US
833) in 1992.
"Our law affords
constitutional protection to personal decisions relating to
Principles of Equal Protection -
Site with many cites on Right
734 So. 2d 1063 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999)
to do with the grandparent visitation parts violating the right
of privacy of parents to decide who their kids can visit
with...not the grandparents rights
(434 US 374) in 1978
Separation of Powers
Bush v. Schiavo,
885 So. 2d 321, (Fla. 2004) - A law permitting the
governor to stay the court-ordered removal of a feeding tube
enacted after the order had been rendered was an
unconstitutional invasion of the separation of powers.
Federal Case Law
1983 Litigation: The fundamental issues that arise
in litigation under
42 U.S.C. § 1983, the statute for redressing
constitutional and federal statutory violations, and the
case law interpreting those issues.
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