Stephens’ Squibs – March 2020

Edited by Caryn A. Stevens, Esquire Agreements: Romaine v. Romaine, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D558 (Fla. 5th DCA 2020).  Hand written notes on a settlement agreement that change essential terms, constituted a counter offer that must be accepted by original party. Law v. Law, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D503 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2020).  Trial court erred interpreting a “hold … Continue reading


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

Stephens’ Squibs – February 2020

Edited by Caryn A. Stevens Alimony: Williams v. Jones, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D212 (Fla. 1st DCA 2020). Trial court affirmed for awarding permanent alimony in marriage that lasted 16 years and 11 months. Appeals: Smith v. Cooper, 45 Fla.L.Weekly D411 (Fla. 5th  DCA 2020).  Any meritorious arguments not raised in initial brief are waived/abandoned. Muszynski v. … Continue reading

EddieProTip: Act NOW: WebCams are selling out!

Last night I went searching for webcams so I could ensure I was ready for our next phase of virtual law. I found there were some in the price range of > $1,000, and a bunch between $25 - $150.  Then I noticed the lack of availability on my normal consumer electronic outlets; Amazon, Target, … Continue reading

Alimony Reform Off the Table in 2020

A proposed revamp of the state’s alimony laws is off the table for the 2020 legislative session, according to Lakeland Republican Kelli Stargel, the Senate sponsor of the proposal. The News Service of Florida reported on Tuesday February 25, 2020 a proposed revamp of the state’s alimony laws is off the table for the 2020 … Continue reading

Ward Damon participates in Youth Law Day

This past Saturday, Ward Damon partner Dane Leitner and I spent the day sharing our love of law with 100 youths at Youth Law Day.  This annual event invites kids and teens to learn more about civics and our legal system from real judges and attorneys at the Palm Beach South County Courthouse in a … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – January 2020

Upcoming CLE Programs: 2nd Annual Mental Health Summit with Keynote Speakers Laura Davis-Smith and Dori Foster-Morales April 3, 2020 - West Palm Beach, FL Click Here to Register!   Click Here for Early Bird Registration - Only $75 for 2 Hours of CLE   January Squibs Edited by Caryn A. Stevens Appeals: Thompson v. Melange, … Continue reading

Appellate Procedure Cheat Sheet

NON-FINAL ORDERS  Cross-appeal notice due within 15 days of appellant’s notice of appeal or within the time prescribed for filing a notice of appeal, whichever is later 9.130(g) Initial brief and Appendix are due within 15 days of filing Notice 9.130(e) Answer Brief due 30 days from service of Initial Brief 9.210(f) Reply Brief due … Continue reading