W.L. v. Department of Children and Families, 172 So.3d 562 (Fla 4th DCA 2015)

Mother appealed termination of her parental rights. The Fourth District Court of Appeal (Fourth DCA) vacated the order and remanded, without addressing Mother’s arguments, based on the trial court’s failure to recite a number of required factual findings and conclusions of law in its final written order.

The Fourth DCA found that rather than issuing specific findings and conclusions of law, the trial court concluded only that the Department met its burden in establishing the allegations set forth in the petition. Without specific findings and conclusions the Fourth DCA was unable to meaningfully review the trial court’s order.


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