Beckford v. Drogan (Fourth DCA, January 27, 2017)

In this en banc decision, the District Court receded from its prior precedent which held that section 742.045, which authorizes attorney’s fees in paternity cases, did not allow for appellate fees related to paternity cases.  The Court noted that nothing in the statute prohibits such awards, and that it was therefore inappropriate to read such prohibition into the statutory language, as the Court had done previously in Gilberston v. Boggs.  The Court further noted that its holding expressly conflicts with the Fifth District’s contrary conclusion in Starkey v. Linn (as does the Second District’s holding in B.K. v. S.D.C.).