In re E.D., 2015 WL 9487592 (Fla. 2d DCA)

In affirming the trial court’s final judgment that terminated the mother’s parental rights to her four children, the Second District Court of Appeal emphasized the importance of trial courts adhering to specific time frames in cases involving termination of parental rights.  In this case, the trial court did not render its final termination of parental rights judgement until eight months after the termination hearing and only after the Guardian ad Litem filed a motion for ruling on the petition for termination of parental rights. The eight months was well beyond the 60 days required by Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.215(f) and did not comply with Florida’s public policy of expediting termination proceedings.