Stephens’ Squibs – July 2019

Edited by Caryn Stevens Agreements: Springer v. Springer, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D1855 (Fla. 2D DCA 2019). Co-parenting agreement between bio parent and non-parent unenforceable in Florida. Ziegler v. Natera, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D1770 (Fla. 3D DCA 2019). Trial court affirmed for setting aside prenuptial agreement when husband promised to provide financial disclosure, never did, and demanded his … Continue reading

Florida’s new Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act

For those of you who may have to take depositions or get documents via subpoena from out of state, Florida just passed the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (“UIDDA”), effective July 1, 2019. The new law applies to “requests for discovery in all proceedings pending or commenced on or after July 1, 2019.” This means … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – June 2019

Stephens' Squibs is edited by Caryn Stevens. Alimony: Molina v. Perez, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D1558 (Fla. 3d DCA 2019). Trial court erred awarding durational alimony instead of permanent alimony in 20-year marriage. Final Judgment finds vocational report indicated wife would be able to increase her income, but vocational report was not in record. Shaw v. Shaw, … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – May 2019

Agreements: Famiglio v. Famiglio, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D1260 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2019).  The Wife filed for divorce in 2013 and dismissed it.  Wife files for divorce again in 2016. Prenuptial agreement provided scheduled payments to Wife based on how long marriage was as defined when someone files for divorce.  Court erred in using 2016 date to calculate … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – April 2019

Appeals: Browner v. Browner, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D1020 (Fla. 1st DCA 2019). Appellate Court did not have jurisdiction to review non-final order that reserved jurisdiction over child support and equitable distribution, which then rendered that order as non-final, even if some issues are resolved in order. Attorneys’ Fees: Dood v. Dood, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D969 (Fla. 2d … Continue reading

Ending the Mental Health Stigma

Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. When someone breaks their arm, we take them to the doctor and mend it.  However, when someone suffers from mental illness, they often go untreated. That is because there is a stigma in our society that prevents people from getting proper treatment. We can end … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – March 2019

Alimony: Gilliland v. Gilliland, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D720 (Fla. 5th DCA 2019). When dissolution judgment gives no guidance as to why permanent periodic alimony is inappropriate in a long-term marriage and why durational alimony is awarded, reversal is proper. Frerking v. Stacy, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D717 (Fla. 5th DCA 2019). Trial court erred in awarding wife of … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – February 2019

Alimony: Lizzmore v. Lizzmore, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D366 (Fla. 1st DCA 2019). Trial Court reversed for awarding more than $1,000.00 a month in alimony when pleadings only requested $1,000.00 per month. Alvarez-Reyes v. Fernandez-Gil, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D387 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019). Trial Court’s imputation of income to husband and award of permanent alimony to wife affirmed. … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – January 2019

Alimony: Griffitts v. Griffitts, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D234 (Fla. 5th DCA 2019). Trial Court erred awarding three years of durational alimony, instead of permanent alimony, in long term marriage. Fox v. Fox, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D27 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018). Fourth DCA recedes from Farghali, and holds motion for rehearing is not necessary to preserve prior error when … Continue reading