Florida Divorce & Custody Appeals | Oral Arguments

A Florida Divorce & Child Custody attorney provides answers to the most common questions when using oral arguments  in a Florida divorce or child custody case.


Unlike a divorce or child custody case in divorce court, most divorce and child custody appeals do not involve a single court hearing.  Most all divorce and child custody appeals are decided solely by the appeals court judges reviewing each party’s legal briefs. In some cases, however, there is a short hearing called an “oral argument” in an appellate case.  An oral argument hearing is much different than a trial, as there is no testimony from witnesses and the hearings are relatively short. 


Oral argument hearings are limited to attorneys arguing their client’s position and answering the appellate court’s questions about the case.  Unlike trials, that can span several days, oral arguments are typically limited to each side having 10-30 minutes to present their case.

Below are explanations of some of the most commonly asked questions and topics relating to oral arguments: 

What is an oral argument in a Florida divorce court appeal?

Is there an oral argument in each and every case?

How do I get an oral argument hearing scheduled?

Can clients attend an oral argument hearing?

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