Stephens’ Squibs – July 2018

Attorneys’ Fees: D’Anna v. Ackerman, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D1579 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018).  Family division is proper forum to adjudicate attorneys’ charging lien. Mahoney v. Mahoney, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D1555 (Fla. 1st DCA 2018).  Trial court erred awarding attorneys’ fees when no evidence on fees presented. Child Support: M.M. v. J.H., 43 Fla.L.Weekly D1541 (Fla. 2nd DCA … Continue reading

Eddie Stephens Nominated for Volunteer of the Year

Eddie Stephens, along with 24 other individuals, have been nominated to receive Nonprofits First, "Hats Off NonProfit" Volunteer of the Year Award. The winner will be announced on October 2, 2018 at the Hats Off Nonprofit Awards at the Harriet Himmel Theater in City Place, West Palm Beach, Florida.  Tickets can be purchased here. Proceeds raised from … Continue reading

“Peaceful Universe” Fundraiser for Kelsey Cares

  CLICK HERE TO BUY A SHIRT AND SUPPORT KELSEY CARES    CLICK HERE TO BUY TANK TOPS, MUGS OR TOTES           A design I created called "peaceful universe" is being used for a fundraiser where 100% of proceeds will be donated to Kelsey Cares. Lots of t-shirt designs and colors to … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – June 2018

Click Here to Register for Case Law Update CLE Alimony: Castleman v. Bicaldo, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D1256 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018).  Court cannot award durational alimony for a period longer than the marriage. Kurtanovic v. Kurtanovic, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D1194 (Fla. 1st DCA 2018).  Trial Court cannot obligate estate to pay obligor’s alimony after obligor’s death in … Continue reading

9th Annual Florida Family Case Law Update with Eddie Stephens and R.T. White

Join Eddie Stephens, Esquire and Ralph T. White as they provide an update of published Florida family law cases.  Participants will received 2 Marital and Family Law Certification Hours and 1/2 ethics credit and were treated to an an update of published Florida family law since January 1, 2018. This two hour presentation will included a … Continue reading

How Collaborative Law Can Fail the Litigator

An eye-opening look at how the collaborative law process could fail both litigators and their clients. Originally published in Divorce Magazine. By Eddie Stephens, Esquire For 20 years, I have guided families through the painful and often complicated process of separating married couples when they make the decision to divorce. Our traditional divorce jurisprudence as placed … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – May 2018

Agreements: Sealy v. Sealy, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D1119 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018).  Trial court erred by giving 50% of proceeds from forced sale of marital home when agreement provided husband would pay the Wife 50% of the proceeds upon refinance but did not have the same provision concerning a forced sale. Fazio v. Fazio, 43 Fla.L.Weekly … Continue reading

Child’s biological father has standing to rebut presumption of legitimacy when he has show substantial and continuing concern for welfare of child per Florida Supreme Court

Stay connected with Stephens' Squibs on Twitter or Facebook! Treneka SIMMONDS, et al., Petitioners, v. Connor PERKINS, Respondent. No. SC17–1963 [June 28, 2018] Opinion LAWSON, J. Treneka Simmonds seeks review of the decision of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Perkins v. Simmonds, 227 So.3d 646 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017), on the ground that … Continue reading

Unanticipated change no longer a factor in modifying alimony per 4th DCA

Stay connected with Stephens' Squibs on Twitter or Facebook!   In a recent decision, the 4th DCA has expanded Pimm v. Pimm, and has declared that alimony may be modified even if economic change was foreseeable or anticipated. See Gelber v Brydger, 43 Fla.L.Weekly D1243 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018). DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL OF THE … Continue reading

CfCC 1st Annual Family Law Mental Health Summit

I am proud to announced that the Center for Child Counseling is hosting their 1st Annual Family Law Mental Health Summit at the Kelsey Theater (Lake Park, Florida) in January 2019. All the details are currently be working out, but we expect it to be 5.0 CLE hours. The focus of the summit will be … Continue reading