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As a holiday special, we will send you an autographed (by author Eddie Stephens, foreword contributor William Foman, Esquire and CEO of Center for Child Counseling Renée E. Layman) for a $30 tax deductible contribution to the CfCC (this is 10 bucks off MSRP).  I will even pay for this shipping.  Books will arrive mid-January.

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  1. Donate $30 or more to Center for Child Counseling by December 31, 2017
  2. Email me receipt, autograph inscription/personalization requests and shipping address.

This way, you are saving money AND 100% of your payment is a donation to a great cause!

Thanks for doing something that matters!


Preorder Autographed Version of the 2018 Squib Book by making a tax deductible donation of at least $30 to the Center for Child Counseling.


Foreword by William R. Foman, Esquire


I met Eddie Stephens in 2007 when our sons joined Cub Scouts together. It was my first experience with Scouts, but Eddie was already a volunteer leader with the organization, having an older son involved with the group. Very soon, despite my lazy nature, Eddie’s dedication to volunteerism inspired me to sign up and get involved.

Eddie Stephens is dedicated to using his leadership skills to help his community. Eddie has a way of using his own example of dedication and passion as a subtle nudge which makes everyone around him want to get involved. More than once over our ten year friendship, I have been inspired to action by what I like to call Eddie’s “infectious energy”. Eddie not only understands that each and every one of us has our own valuable talents, but he also has a talent for knowing how to organize those various uniquely talented folks to form a successful team.

Eddie’s book combines his passion for leadership and teaching with his special insight into family law, resulting in a great resource. This year, Eddie is donating the proceeds from his book to the Center for Child Counseling, a non-profit which provides mental health resources to children and their care givers in Palm Beach County, Florida.

When he’s not representing clients, Eddie volunteers on the Board for the Center for Child Counseling, acts as the Chairperson for the Leadership Palm Beach GROW teen leadership program, and spends time with his lovely wife and his two sons. Eddie dedicates his time and efforts to helping make our community a better place. He not only gives his own time and money, but by example, his “infectious energy” gets others involved. I am both proud and privileged to call him my friend.

William R. Foman, Esq.


Introduction by Renée E. Layman, LMHC, CEO of Center for Child Counseling

Layman, Renee HeadshotIn 2017, Eddie joined the Board of Directors for the Center for Child Counseling after engaging with the organization for two years. As a board member, Eddie is a passionate advocate for Center for a Child Counseling’s mission of building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County.

The foundation for lifelong health is built in infancy and early childhood. Research shows that children living with chronic adversity and trauma often face a lifetime of challenges, with a twenty-year shorter life expectancy. In the absence of healthy or buffering relationships, toxic stress related to trauma impacts physical and mental health, continuing the intergenerational cycle of abuse, violence, mental illness, and substance abuse. Creating these buffering relationships that prevent a lifetime of challenges is at the heart of Center for Child Counseling’s work.

Children carry the effects of childhood experiences well into adulthood and throughout the lifespan. Exposure to toxic stress and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) puts children at higher risk for learning difficulties, emotional and developmental issues, and long-term health problems. Since 1999, Center for Child Counseling has focused on addressing childhood adversity and trauma for the most vulnerable children and families, ameliorating the devastating impact on their minds and bodies. Center for Child a Counseling is also on the frontlines, providing trauma treatment for children who have experienced sexual and physical abuse, loss, complicated grief, and other traumatic circumstances no child should ever endure. Eddie’s dedication to this cause is inspirational. His generosity and support (time, talent, and treasure) of Center for Child Counseling’s work and therapists is felt throughout the organization.

In addition, Eddie is helping us lead the fight against ACEs in Palm Beach County. In 2017, Eddie was the main speaker at Center for Child Counseling’s inaugural ‘Lead the Fight’ breakfast, telling his personal story of resilience and hope to over one hundred business and community leaders. He is a strong, energetic advocate for mental health, using his personal journey and platform as a board member to create awareness and a call to action for effective strategies to ensure our next generation is healthier and happier.

We are so grateful that Eddie is donating the proceeds from his book to Center for Child Counseling. In addition to grants, we rely on the generosity of individuals in our community to continue to provide immediate, effective trauma counseling for children. We hope you consider joining Eddie with a gift to support a child’s healing: https://www.centerforchildcounseling.org/ways-to-give/donate-online/

For more information about the organization, visit www.centerforchildcounseling.org.




“Eddie’s squibs are a great resource, and every marital and family lawyer in Florida should keep a copy front and center on her desk.” –Laura Davis Smith, Esquire Past-Chairwoman, Family Law Section of the Florida Bar

“I remember receiving Stephens’ Squibs over 10 years ago.  Now, it is most definitely not the small firecracker it once was.…  Simply the best …I refer to it all the time.” –Robert M.W. Shalhoub, Esquire

“Eddie Stephens’ Squibs are a quick, easy to read summary of appellate case law that family law practitioners should be sure to include in their resource tool kit.   It is a major “go to” resource that I rely upon when I am looking to check on the latest developments in the law and to point me in the direction of the appropriate full appellate opinions.”  –Honorable Diane M. Kirigin, General Magistrate, 15th Judicial Circuit

“Squibs has a little bit for everyone, and not just for those actively involved in family law. Read it and you’ll get a glimpse of Stephens: his indefatigable pursuit of mastery of family law, his fearless endeavor to understand how his mind works, and his passion to positively influence others in the world. Really good stuff.” -Dr. Michael O’Hara, Forensic Psychologist

Eddie’s book – and all his squibs – are amazing – as an appellate attorney I always have to remind myself to keep the case to its holding and Eddie always keeps me “honest” – and his case summaries bring to mind my favorite Albert Einstein quote: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”   That was one smart dude and so is Eddie – buy his book – I know I will (again)!” –Allison Perry, Esquire

Eddie Stephens provides an invaluable resource for those wanting to keep abreast of the ever-evolving area of Florida Family Law. As both a lawyer and academic, I also highly recommend this book to professors teaching Family Law in Florida. The textbooks can give the basics, but since family law is a creature of state law, giving students a real glimpse (not to mention a good preparation for the bar) into how our ever-changing statutes are being interpreted, is a gift. -K Grossman, Esquire

Mr. Stephens provides a brilliant conglomeration of case law updates, interviews with judges and personal advice in Stephens Squibs. The case law review helps the attorney that practices in other areas to understand more easily the law surrounding family issues in Florida. For most attorneys, no matter their practice area, family comes up at some point in the representation and it is nice to have a guide that is so easily accessible to reference just so that we, as attorneys in other fields, can quickly answer some questions and have the knowledge to refer in other areas. -Dena Sisk Foman

Excellent resource for the non-attorney litigation support specialist. A quick reference for financial, accountants, CPAs and mental health professionals that assist divorce attorneys with litigation and settlement services. Highly recommended. -FLDivorcePlanner

Attorney Stephens has provided to the literary marketplace and fine example of a squib…”a short humorous or satiric writing or speech.” This purchase is not only entertaining; it is informative to the reader. I would most definitely consider this purchase. I know that I am glad that I did. Thank you Counselor! -J. Barrett Carter
 I found Stephens’ Squibs to be a short, thorough and concise analysis of Family Law caselaw in Florida. Excellent resource for attorneys and non-attorneys alike! -Luis E. Insignares
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One thought on “Squib Book

  1. This book sits (2014 edition) behind my desk at the ready. It is an indispensable entry into Westlaw saving me untold hours narrowing my search for the kernel of authority I seek. A better value you will not find anywhere. Erskine C. Rogers III Board Certified Marital and Family Lawyer

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