ACEs and Divorce: How We Can Begin to Help Combat the Epidemic

By Caryn A. Stevens, Esquire Originally Published in the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar's Commentator, Winter 2020. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events from one’s childhood that can have long-lasting, lifetime effects on a person’s life. They are common, and pervasive, with about 61% of surveyed adults in twenty-five states reporting that … Continue reading

“Invincible”

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

WARD DAMON Attorney GINA SZAPUCKI on Mentorship

Originally Published in the Family Law Section Commentator, Summer 2020 Edition. Mentorship: An Essential Tool as a Young Associate By Gina Szapucki, Esq Ok, you’ve passed the bar. An exam you’ve worked so hard for throughout the years. There is a certain kind of excitement you feel when you first start a new job, especially … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – July 2020

Stephens' Squibs Monthly Family Law CLE Launches August 15th.  Click for more information!   July Florida Family Law Case Summaries Edited by Caryn A. Stevens, Esquire Alimony: Pricher v. Pricher, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D1707 (Fla. 5th DCA 2020).  Error to award Wife permanent alimony in 10-year marriage.  In this case, an award of permanent alimony was improper where … Continue reading

Fla. Supreme Court Refuses to Add “Space Force” to List of Uniformed Services

Stephens' Squibs Monthly Family Law CLE Launches August 15th.  Click for more information! Supreme Court of Florida. IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO the FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORMS—FORMS 12.948(A)-(E) No. SC19-1897 July 9, 2020 Original Proceeding – Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms Opinion PER CURIAM. This matter is before the Court for … Continue reading

Florida’s Supreme Court Provides Lengthy Analysis for Predicate for Business Records Exception to Hearsay Rule

Supreme Court of Florida. Cynthia L. JACKSON, et al., Petitioners, v. HOUSEHOLD FINANCE CORPORATION III, et al., Respondents. No. SC18-357 July 2, 2020 LAWSON, J. This case is before the Court for review of the decision of the Second District Court of Appeal in Jackson v. Household Finance Corp. III, 236 So. 3d 1170 (Fla. … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs Website Turns 10 Years Old – Viewed over 150,000 times!

10 years of Statistics: Happy 10th Birthday to Stephens' Squibs Website! While I have been squibbing for 16 years,  I have been posting my case law summaries on EVERY FLORIDA FAMILY LAW APPELLATE DECISION on-line since June 2010! In that time, this blog has been viewed over 150,000 times and is more popular than ever!  … Continue reading

Court Should Not Compel Production of Mental Health Records Unless it is Alleged Parent is Unfit to Have Time-Sharing with their Children

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL OF FLORIDA SECOND DISTRICT Case No. 2D19-3854   SHAWN K. RICKETTS v. TIMOTHY G. RICKETTS Opinion filed June 19, 2020 BLACK, Judge. Shawn K. Ricketts, the Wife, seeks certiorari review of the trial court's order granting in part and denying in part her motion for protective order addressing discovery … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – June 2020

MONTHLY ACCREDITED CLE's Stephens' Squibs Monthly CLE Update becomes available August 15th! Annual Subscription of 13 hours of monthly CLE for $500.  Click here for more information on the CLE series which launches August 15, 2020. Each annual registration will come with a physical copy of Stephens' Squibs 2021 Edition (available January 2021). Our August 15th … Continue reading