Proposed Final Order-Trial Court’s adoption of a proposed final judgment terminating parental rights is not per se reversible; rather, reversal is required only where the circumstances create an appearance that the judgment does not reflect the judge’s independent decision-making.

D.R. v. Department of Children and Families, — So.3d —- (2018), 44 Fla. L. Weekly D253 Department submitted a proposed order at the beginning of TPR trial. After the trial ended, the court adopted the proposed order in full, but added approximately one page of additional findings. Mother appealed, arguing the court failed to conduct […]