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

Toy Drive for Immigrant Children

The Center for Child Counseling, a charitable organization that treats traumatized children and is creating a trauma informed community, launched an initiative to send therapists down to offer assistance to the 1,000 displaced immigrants in Miami. In addition, the Palm Beach Community is doing a toy drive for the 1,000 migrants being detained in Miami … Continue reading

Well this is embarrassing….

If you were nice enough to support Center for Child Counseling, Inc by buying this cool shirt:   we just found out, the company Teespring sent the wrong shirt, and it's shitty.  Literally, shitty.  The shirt I received in the mail today looks like this: We did not order these shirts, had nothing to do with … Continue reading

Eddie Stephens receives Palm Beach County Leadership Excellence Award     Eddie's acceptance remarks: In each of us there is a voice. A unique gift that we have to offer. We are all different, and that “gift”, “voice”, “ability to contribute” is different for each of us. For some people, the gift is obvious. For others, it takes some searching, maybe even overcoming … Continue reading