Why do Hurricanes Chase After the Stephens Family?

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Originally published by the Palm Beach Post. … [Read more...]

Stephens’ Squibs – July 2016

Alimony: Sherlock v. Sherlock, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D1601 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016).  Trial court affirmed for denying permanent alimony in long term marriage to 63 year old husband who could not work because he had a broken back from working during marriage.  Husband was receiving 1.3 million in marital assets and 980k in non-marital assets.  While a court should not require a spouse in need to deplete or invade capital assets to maintain standard of living, a court may consider income generated by any asset held by that party. Dunkel v. Daly, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D1538, (Fla. 2nd DCA 2016).  Error to require temporary alimony to continue past final judgment until house is sold when no such relief requested. Annulment: Smith v. Smith, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D1514 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016).  Certifies question of great public importance:  Where fundamental right to marry has not been removed from a ward under section 744.3215(2)(a), Florida Statues, is court approval required for a ward to … [Read more...]

Proposed Collaborative Law Rules

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Below are the proposed Collaborative Rules of Procedure and Rule of Conduct.  They have been recently approved by the Board of Governor's of the Florida Bar and are awaiting approval by the Supreme Court and will be published for commentary in the Florida Bar News next week. Coral Gables attorney and champion of the Collaborative Process in Florida, Robert Merlin, recently stated: "The rules are an important step in standardizing the use of the Collaborative Process in Florida. I believe that more clients are going to be asking their attorneys to use the Collaborative Process. Family attorneys should learn about the Collaborative Process so they are qualified to provide that service to their clients. The next Collaborative training in South Florida will be on November 11-12 in Miami. People can contact me for details." RULE 12.745.     COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS (a)     Application. This rule governs all proceedings under Chapter 61, part III, Florida Statutes. (b)     Collaborative … [Read more...]

What we did on our Summer Vacation….

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Click here to read about The Stephens in The Palm Beach Post.   by Eddie Stephens & Jacquie Stephens Eddie:  My family & I were vacationing on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, from July 30 to August 6, 2016.  We first learned of Invest 97L while booking a snorkeling trip.  San Pedro, Belize, is a diving / fishing resort on an Island on the West Coast of Central America which has the second largest barrier reef in the world.   We got there Saturday afternoon, had a restful day on Sunday and on Monday heard about Earl.  Being a third generation Floridian, I have some experience with Tropical weather and have been through a half dozen hurricanes and the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1991.  However, I have never been through one in a foreign, developing country, residing in a structure on the beach with my family including my wife Jacquie, our teenaged boys who are 16 and 14, our adult daughter Kathleen, her husband and our 18 month old grandson.  All of the sudden I … [Read more...]

#NoComment Shirts Available Again. 100% Proceeds Donated to Charity!

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So, we had a little fundraiser to raise some funds and awareness for Equality Florida and the Compass Center.  After the "campaign" ended, we got a sizable request from the Florida Bar who shared our "shirt" on social media and dozens of request came in to our office to make more shirts available. So, what are you waiting for?  Stephens' Squibs is releasing another limited run of our “Upon the advice of my attorney my shirt has no comment at this time.”  3 Designs to choose from including ladies. CLICK HERE TO ORDER. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this shirt will be equally divided between Compass, and Equality Florida. CLICK HERE TO ORDER. OR, you can support these organizations directly: Compass:  Compass aims to diminish stereotypes by challenging long-standing misconceptions about the character of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We accomplish this by emboldening our youth, promoting pride in our community, and acting as an educator, advocate, … [Read more...]

Stephens’ Squibs – June 2016

ONLY 24 HOURS LEFT TO GET YOUR Stephens' Squibs #NoComment shirt! Order here. 100% Proceeds donated to Equality Florida and Compass! Alimony: Kruse v. Levesque, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D1391 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2016).  Trial court abused discretion by failing to award permanent alimony in 11 year marriage when wife was disabled and unable to return to work. Stark v. Stark, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D1256 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016).  Trial court abused discretion awarding a mixture of $4,900 / month durational alimony for 9 years and $100 / month permanent alimony when there were no findings as to what would happen in nine years. Maciekowich v. Maciekowich, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D1244 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016).  Trial court erred awarding Wife $1 per year in alimony even without a transcript when the Court failed to make adequate findings as to her needs. Appeals: Benevides v. Reese, 41 Fla.L.Weekly D1328 (Fla. 5th DCA 2016).  Judgment affirmed when appellant failed to provide transcript that would allow meaningful … [Read more...]

Squibs Shirt For Sale – All Proceeds Donated to Charity

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In order to raise money and awareness at this critical juncture in humanity, Stephens' Squibs is releasing a very limited run (available until July 4th) of our “Upon the advice of my attorney my shirt has no comment at this time.”  3 Designs to choose from including ladies. CLICK HERE TO ORDER. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this shirt will be equally divided between Compass, Equality Florida and the Human Rights Campaign. CLICK HERE TO ORDER. OR, you can support these organizations directly: Compass:  Compass aims to diminish stereotypes by challenging long-standing misconceptions about the character of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We accomplish this by emboldening our youth, promoting pride in our community, and acting as an educator, advocate, health service provider, and focal point for community organizing.  As good neighbors, effective partners, and respected participants in our civic responsibilities, Compass promotes awareness of the caring … [Read more...]

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