Originally published in the Family Law Section's Commentator, Fall 2019 “Invincible” [Note: The author intentionally places quotation marks around the title to communicate that the author does not agree with the use of the term.] by Eddie Stephens, Esquire While most disputes are, and should be, resolved without resorting to litigation, there are always those … Continue reading

EDITORIAL:  57.105: When applicable.

Recently I found myself in the position of having to file a 57.105 motion.  Due to the circumstances, I served the safe harbor notice on every attorney that had a general notice of appearance filed on behalf of the opposing party during the case. I do not believe 57.105 motions should ever be used as … Continue reading

Changes to Florida Notary Laws

Effective January 1, 2020, Florida’s notary laws changed. In general terms, remote notarization will now be permitted, meaning that if certain criteria are met and the statutory protections are in place, the notary will no longer have to physically (in person) witness the person sign the instrument requiring notarization, but rather notarization can be accomplished … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – December 2019

Stephens' Squibs - 2020 Edition Now Available on KINDLE   Click here for more information on the 2nd Annual Family Law Mental Health Summit   Edited by Caryn A. Stevens Agreements: Suess v. Suess, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D3028 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2019).  Trial court reversed for limiting wife to 50% of husband’s FRS pension earned during … Continue reading

Summary of Florida Bar 2019 Disciplinary Actions

In 2019, the Florida Supreme Court issued 214 disciplinary orders against attorneys.  They are reported by the Florida Bar in a monthly press release.  I have taken all actions and organized them and ranked them in order of severity.  I believe by looking at the data in this manner certain patterns are easier to identify. … Continue reading

Preview of Stephens’ Squib 2020 FOREWORD by Angela Cahill and last chance to Pre-Order!

PREORDER INSTRUCTIONS: Donate $60 + $5 shipping to Families First here. Send me the receipt of your donation.  (If you don't send me receipt, I will not know you donated).  Let me know where you want it shipped and if you want it personalized or doodles or almost whatever!  🙂 Autographed Squibs will not be … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – November 2019

Edited by Caryn Stevens, Esquire Agreements: Hellard v. Siegmeister, 44 Fla.L.Weekly D2584 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2019).  Reconciliation or remarriage abrogates the executory provisions of a prior marital settlement agreement unless there is an explicit statement in the agreement that parties intended otherwise.  However, executed provisions of a prior settlement agreement are not affected by reconciliation … Continue reading

Early Bird Registration – 2nd Annual Mental Health Summit

2nd Annual Mental Health Summit Friday - April 3, 2020 - West Palm Beach, FL (CLE Pending) The Center for Child Counseling, Inc, is proud to be hosting our 2nd Annual Family Law Mental Health Summit on April 3rd, 2020!  Keynote speaker is incoming Florida Bar President Dori Foster-Morales! Many other great speakers to be announced … Continue reading