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The Florida Statutes

The 2009 Florida Statutes

Title VI
CIVIL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
Chapter 55
JUDGMENTS
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Section 55.204, Florida Statutes 2009

55.204  Duration and continuation of judgment lien; destruction of records.--

(1)  Except as provided in this section, a judgment lien acquired under s. 55.202 lapses and becomes invalid 5 years after the date of filing the judgment lien certificate.

(2)  Liens securing the payment of child support or tax obligations as set forth in s. 95.091(1)(b) shall not lapse until 20 years after the date of the original filing of the warrant or other document required by law to establish a lien. No second lien based on the original filing may be obtained.

(3)  At any time within 6 months before or 6 months after the scheduled lapse of a judgment lien under subsection (1), the judgment creditor may acquire a second judgment lien by filing a new judgment lien certificate. The effective date of the second judgment lien is the date and time on which the judgment lien certificate is filed. The second judgment lien is a new judgment lien and not a continuation of the original judgment lien. The second judgment lien permanently lapses and becomes invalid 5 years after its filing date, and no additional liens based on the original judgment or any judgment based on the original judgment may be acquired.

(4)  A judgment lien continues only as to itemized property for an additional 90 days after lapse of the lien. Such judgment lien will continue only if:

(a)  The property had been itemized and its location described with sufficient particularity in the instructions for levy to permit the sheriff to act;

(b)  The instructions for the levy had been delivered to the sheriff prior to the date of lapse of the lien; and

(c)  The property was located in the county in which the sheriff has jurisdiction at the time of delivery of the instruction for levy. Subsequent removal of the property does not defeat the lien. A court may order continuation of the lien beyond the 90-day period on a showing that extraordinary circumstances have prevented levy.

(5)  The date of lapse of a judgment lien whose enforceability has been temporarily stayed or enjoined as a result of any legal or equitable proceeding is tolled until 30 days after the stay or injunction is terminated.

(6)  If no second judgment lien is filed, the Department of State shall maintain each judgment lien file and all information contained therein for a minimum of 1 year after the judgment lien lapses in accordance with this section. If a second judgment lien is filed, the department shall maintain both files and all information contained in such files for a minimum of 1 year after the second judgment lien lapses.

(7)  Nothing in this section shall be construed to extend the life of a judgment lien beyond the time that the underlying judgment, order, decree, or warrant otherwise expires or becomes invalid pursuant to law.

History.--s. 11, ch. 2000-258; s. 4, ch. 2001-154; s. 3, ch. 2005-241.

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