Why I am Thankful (or at least Hopeful!)

This past month has been pretty tough. In October, I was in a car accident that totaled both cars involved.  I was left with a concussion and other orthopedic issues that are resolving themselves with physical therapy and will hopefully not be a permanent issue. It was scary.  But in reflection, it could have been … Continue reading

Palm Beach 2019 Judicial Rotations Announced

The Chief Judge has finalized the January 2019 mini-rotation, which will take place over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend–assignment changes are effective January 22, 2019. The five elected judges will start on January 8, 2019; the start date for the recent appointment, Ms. Paige Gillman, is TBD (sometime in December). The new assignments as of January … Continue reading

Family Law Mental Health Summit – January 11, 2019. 6.5 Hours of CLE for $300

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Course No. 1807406N Accredited by The Florida Bar for: 6.5   General CLE Hours 6.5   Marital & Family Board Certification Credits 3.5   Mental Illness Hours 1.5   Ethics Hours 1.0   Substance Abuse Hours Level: Advanced The Center for Child Counseling is pleased to be hosting our inaugural Family Law Mental Health Summit at … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – October 2018

  Appeals: Rayess v. Bitar, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D2367 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018).  Without transcript, appellate court must affirm judgment unless fundamental error appears on the face of the order. Evans v. Miller, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D2337 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018).  Without transcript, appellate court cannot determine if final judgment had evidentiary support. Attorney’s Fees: Cherry v. … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – September 2018

Alimony: Woelk v. Woelk, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D2018 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018).  Court’s award of alimony remanded back to trial court when it was unclear from the record and final judgment how the Court determined the Wife’s needs. Appeals: Vartumyan v. Bean, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D2109 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2018).  Appellate court lacked jurisdiction to review child … Continue reading

Florida Supreme Court Rules Daubert Expert Witness Law Unconstitutional

In a 4-3 split, the Florida Supreme Court finally issued its opinion in Delisle v. Crane, which was the “present case or controversy” determining whether the Daubert expert witness testimony standard is unconstitutional as adopted by the Legislature in 2013 and codified in Section 90.702.  In short, the Court determine that the Legislature overstepped its … Continue reading

Family Law Mental Health Summit Accredited for 6.5 hours of advanced CLE. Early bird registration ends 11/1/18.

  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Course No. 1807406N Accredited by The Florida Bar for: 6.5   General CLE Hours 6.5   Marital & Family Board Certification Credits 3.5   Mental Illness Hours 1.5   Ethics Hours 1.0   Substance Abuse Hours Level: Advanced The Center for Child Counseling is pleased to be hosting our inaugural Family Law Mental Health Summit … Continue reading

9th Annual Case Law Update CLE (webinar) this Thursday at Noon

9th Annual Case Law Update 2 hours of Family Board Cert approved CLE (including 0.5 ethics) for only $125 sponsored by Family Law Section of The Florida Bar!!!! To register: https://goo.gl/4bAw5Y Don't miss Florida Bar board-certified marital and family lawyers Eddie Stephens and Ralph White presenting the 9th Annual Case Law Update this Thursday, September 20th, from noon to 2 p.m. … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – August 2018

Alimony: Clausen v. Clausen, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D1913 (Fla. 5th DCA 2018).  Award of alimony remanded as court failed to include wife’s imputed income in determination. Velez v. Montalvo-Velez, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D1831 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2018).  Award of alimony remanded because Court did not provide findings that would allow a meaningful review. Appeals: Salgado v. Suyapa-Jimenez, … Continue reading