Stephens’ Squibs – July 2017

Agreements: Whissell v. Whissell, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D1533 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017).  Trial Court erred terming certain payments as alimony when parties prenuptial agreement waived alimony. Alimony: Hua v. Tsung, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D1019 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017).  Trial court erred not applying rebuttable presumption in favor of permanent alimony in 17 ½ year marriage.   In almost … Continue reading

Eddie Stephens named as 2017 Recipient of the Alberto Romero Jr. Making a Difference Award

Reported in the Sun Sentinel. Reported in the Palm Beach Post. Eddie E. Stephens, III has been awarded the Alberto Romero Jr. Making a Difference Award by The Family Law Section of the Florida Bar. Stephens was recognized for his dedication to the state’s children and families. He was also given the Family Law Section … Continue reading

Local Law Firm Gets Slammed with $16.4 Million Judgment for Negligence and Breach of Fiduciary Duty

This past Friday a Jury Verdict was entered in the amount of $16,400,000 to the Estate of Oliver Wilson Bivins, Sr., and against two West Palm Beach guardianship attorneys. The jury found the local attorneys breached both their professional and fiduciary duties to Oliver Wilson Bivins, Sr., an incapacitated ward of the State of Florida. … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – June 2017

Alimony: David v. David, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D1441 (Fla. 1st DCA 2017).  Trial court erred denying alimony in long term marriage without findings of fact and his imputation of income for Wife was not supported by record. Brown v. Brown, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D1376 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017). Appellate court unable to conduct meaningful review because judgment … Continue reading

Smokefest 2017 – 20th Anniversary

RSVP on our FaceBook Page You are cordially Invited to: SmokeFEST 2017 - 20th Anniversary! Hosted by Ritchie Shaner, Eddie Stephens, Mitch Simmons and Jeff Berlat To Benefit the Delta Sigma Pi Leadership Foundation Confirmed details: August 17, 2017 - 8:00pm to closing Dos Jefes Uptown Cigar Bar* (co-owned by Brother Ritchie "D-Day" Shaner) 5535 … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – May 2017

Alimony: Hanson v. Hansom, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D977 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2017).  Court erred basing alimony on Husband’s gross income, as opposed to net. Appeals: Stephens v. Whittaker, 42 Fla. L. Weekly D961 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017).  Errors not raised in initial brief are waived. Attorneys’ Fees: Hanson v. Hansom, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D977 (Fla. 2nd DCA … Continue reading

Associate Attorney (Family Law) Position Available at Ward Damon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Associate Attorney (Family Law) Position Available at Ward Damon The Family Law Department of WARD DAMON is expanding it's Family Law Practice and is hiring an associate attorney.  Associate will work directly with Eddie Stephens, Esquire. Requirements: Strong Moral Compass Strong desire to help people. Willingness to engage in Community Service. Empathetic. … Continue reading

Center for Child Counseling Elects Eddie Stephens as New Board Member

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (June 6, 2017) – The Center for Child Counseling is pleased to announce the election of Eddie Stephens, Equity Partner at Ward Damon, to the Center for Child Counseling’s Board of Directors. Mr. Stephens is a board-certified attorney in Family and Marital Law and a trained Collaborative Law attorney.  He earned … Continue reading

Opponent Gets Hit with $47K in Rosen Fees for taking Unreasonable Position in Same Sex Divorce

I just finished my first same sex divorce that actually went the distance and went to final trial. The only thing unusual about the case were the issues one of the spouses was making. The parties were married 4 years but in a relationship for 20.  The opponent spouse sought an equitable distribution of all … Continue reading

Eddie Stephens opposes American Academy of Matrimonial Law’s Position on Hooker

by Tricia Erickson Originally Published in the Florida Record. TALLAHASSEE — A property dispute in a marriage dissolution case raised questions about “donative intent” and interspousal gifts. The Florida Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that upholds the trial court’s interpretation and reverses an appeals court’s decision that used a different evidence standard from the … Continue reading