Florida Department of Children and Families v. N.M., 2015 WL 5614852 (Fla. 3rd DCA)

The Florida Department of Children and Families (Department) appealed an order fining the Department $500 for failing to file a case plan seventy-two hours prior to a reunification hearing. The Department asserted that the trial court did not permit the Department the opportunity to present evidence against on the issue of contempt. The Third DCA agreed that Department was entitled to a reasonable opportunity to respond and reversed the order imposing the fine.

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