In re S.M.,136 So.3d 1271 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014)

The father and mother petitioned for a writ of certiorari to quash the trial court’s disposition order that accepted the case plan requiring each parent to submit to a psychiatric evaluation and a substance abuse evaluation.

The Second District Court of Appeal (Second DCA) agreed with the parents and quashed the part of the order requiring a substance abuse evaluation (they had already submitted to psychiatric evaluations). The Second DCA held, “nothing in the record indicates that a substance abuse evaluation is relevant to the dependency or that it would meaningfully address the facts and circumstances which resulted in the children’s removal from the home.”

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