Lunsford v. Engle: Grandparent / Jurisdiction issues handled by Stephens & Stevens

Caryn Stevens and Eddie Stephens, Attorneys for the Interested Parties View Original Appellate Opinion that was vacated. ->Download View Interested Parties Appellate Brief ->Download DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF FLORIDAFOURTH DISTRICTKELLY KAY LUNSFORD,Appellant,v.KARA ENGLE and JAKE PHILLIPS,Appellees.No. 4D19-774[January 20, 2021] Appeal from the Circuit Court for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach … Continue reading

Tips on How to Pass the Family and Marital Law Board Certification Exam

As Director of Legal Education for the Center for Child Counseling, Inc., I have a goal to DOUBLE that passage rate of the Family & Marital Law Board Certification exam. To reach that goal we have assembled an incredible string of speakers, including: Past chairs of the Family & Marital Board Certification Committee Past chairs … Continue reading

STEPHENS’ SQUIBS 2021 [Physical Book] – ONLY 2 WAYS TO GET IT! Stephens’ Squibs is a physical book that contains every squib Eddie has written categorized by subject. This is not the “Annual” which is a PDF and only has the 2020 cases. All of the information is available for free on this website. There are only two ways to obtain a copy of the 2021 Edition of … Continue reading

4th DCA Enforces New Font Rule Times New Roman is no longer an accepted font for APPELLATE pleadings! Effective January 1, 2021 at 12:03 a.m., the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure have been modified to require, among other things, that computer-generated documents be filed in either Arial 14-point font or Bookman Old Style 14-point font.  In addition, the page limits … Continue reading

Involuntary Commitment to Treatment is an Effective Tool by Joe Considine, Esq.

Written by Joe Considine, Esquire Originally published in THE SOBER WORLD. “After a one year drop in 2018, U.S. opioid overdose deaths increased again in 2019, topping 50,000 for the first time according to the CDC.” (Associated Press 10-22-2020) There were 82,000 alcohol related deaths in 2018; they have never been higher. Overdose rates have … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – December 2020 Editor: Caryn A.Stevens Associate Editor: Gina Szapucki Appeals: Goodman v. Goodman, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D2725 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2020). Remand remanded back to trial court who apparently “inadvertently” failed to follow remand instructions from prior appeal. Judge John S. Carlin, affirmed in part, reversed in part. Enforcement: Ringenberg v. Ringenberg, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D2791 (Fla. 1st DCA 2020). … Continue reading

The Florida Bar – Summary of 2020 Disciplinary Orders (Ranked in order of severity of discipline)

The Florida Bar Summary of 2020 Disciplinary Orders (Ranked in order of severity of discipline) Nicole Blair Dickerson, P.O. Box 26095, Los Angeles, Calif., and 33 E. Robinson St., Suite 113, Orlando, disbarred effective immediately following a November 16 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2015) Dickerson failed to provide a copy of the Supreme Court’s March 5 … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – November 2020

Stephens' Squibs Family Law Monthly Law CLE - Episode 5 with Family Law Legend DAVID MANZ will be available 12/15/2020 To register: Editor: Caryn A.Stevens Associate Editor: Gina Szapucki Attorney’s Fees: Rotunda v. Rotunda, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D2498 (Fla. 5th DCA 2020). Trial court erred not awarding attorney’s fees for the fourth day of trial. Judge George … Continue reading

My Unfortunate Real Life Battle with Darth Vader

If you know me, you know I am a Star Wars fan. It is not just a film to me.  It is the classic example of Joseph Campbell's "Monomyth", or the Hero's Journey.  This is the very blueprint I have employed to constantly expand my comfort zone.  More on that here. So can you imagine … Continue reading


We are so proud of our CLE series, we are making episode 4 available for FREE right here: Download course materials here ->Download To claim CLE: Course No: 2008695N CLE Credits: 1.0. General 0.5 Ethics 0.5 Professionalism 1.0 Marital & Family Board Certification Program: 00:00:00 - 00:17:08 Family Law Case Law Update for all … Continue reading