Supreme Court adopts New Stand Alone Family Law Rules effective Immediately

In 1995, Florida's Supreme Court first adopted the Family Law Rules of Procedure.  At that time, stand-alone rules for family law.  Instead Board of Governors took the position "the Family Law Rules should reference the civil rules where necessary rather than totally incorporate them with significant changes" because new rules “would make it difficult for … Continue reading

Alimony Reform Not Happening in 2017

According to the Sun Sentinel, Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Chairman Rene Garcia said he won't schedule the bill for a hearing effectively killing any chance of Alimony Reform occurring in Florida this year. "We have more pressing issues that we're dealing with as it relates to the safety and welfare of children than to … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – February 2017

Alimony: Duke v. Duke, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D372 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017).  Trial court failed to impute interest income Wife’s ½ share in Husband’s retirement in calculating alimony. Attorneys’ Fees: Duke v. Duke, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D372 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017).  A dissolution order awarding attorney’s fees that recites simply that the total amounts of time and … Continue reading

#TeamWardDamon participates in Peggy Adams walk for the Animals

If you haven't noticed, i am a big fan of animals and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. For my Leadership Palm Beach ciciv project, I helped produce a series of public service announcements that furthered the cause to eliminate the killing of adobtable animals in Palm Beach County. On March 11th I will be … Continue reading

Eddie Stephens’ Awarded Delta Sigma Pi Silver Helmet for 25 Years of Service

I had the honor of having my silver helmet presented for 25 years of service in Delta Sigma Pi by one of my best friends and Past Grand President Mitch Simmons and my wife Jacquie. Many thanks to Jacquie, Mitch, Velvet, Barrett, Kimberly, Carrie, Jeff, Shane, Sylvia, Mary and Norm for celebrating with me! Click … Continue reading

Business Scholarship named after local attorney

We endowed the South Florida Leadership Fund to help pay for collegiate members, from Zeta Phi, Xi Omega, Beta Omega, Delta Iota and Theta Sigma attend Grand Chapter Congress and Provincial Conferences. Currently it pays out hundreds of dollars each year to defray registration and travel expenses. However, the purpose of the fund is to cover … Continue reading

“Did Obsolete Technology Make Me a Better Lawyer?”

Originally published in the Family Law Section of Florida Bar’s Commentator Winter 2017 Edition. PDF version here. “Did Obsolete Technology Make Me a Better Lawyer?” By Eddie Stephens, Esq., West Palm Beach, Florida I am a computer techie…. I guess, that’s nicer than calling myself a geek, but it is very accurate and all the same. … Continue reading

Stephens’ Squibs – January 2017

Other items of interest: Did Obsolete Technology Make me a Better Lawyer?  (Commentator, Winter 2017) 1 in 17:  Antisocial Personality Disorder  (ASPD) in Family Court (Commentator, Fall 2016) Line in the Sand: Iranian Divorce  (Commentator Spring 2015) Stephens' Squibs Guide to Alimony Reform Alimony: Morgan v. Morgan, 42 Fla.L.Weekly D186 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016).  Trial court affirmed … Continue reading

Eddie Stephens will give keynote address to Kick Off Delta Sigma Pi’s Grand Chapter Congress

Originally Published here. GCC Keynote Announced Jan 27, 2017 – Grand Chapter Congress will kick-off with Eddie Stephens, Miami-Florida, talking about the extraordinary leader. As a Golden Council member and Trustee Emeritus, Stephens will describe how joining Delta Sigma Pi, together with several other life decisions along the way, led him to find significant success in … Continue reading