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Property Distribution (Equitable)

 

Courts generally divide and distribute marital property equally to each spouse.  However, unequal distribution can be utilized under certain circumstances to provide equity between the parties.  Your case will be presented so that your efforts and contributions are given their fair representation in order to create an equitable property distribution.

Alimony / Child Support

 

The purpose of periodic permanent alimony is not to divide future income or to establish financial equality between the parties.  Alimony is used to cover needs.  There are certain criteria used to establish needs which includes earning ability, age, health, education, duration of the marriage, standard of living and the value of the parties estate.

Time Sharing (Child Custody)

 

When parents litigate a custody dispute, the children often become the victims.  The Florida Supreme Court has requested that attorneys shift their focus from litigation to utilizing more therapeutic approaches to resolving children's issues.  Mediation or other alternatives are used to resolve contact, timesharing and shared parental responsibility issues.

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Connie R. Stephens

With more than 26 years of experience with family law litigation and mediation, Connie R. Stephens brings substantive knowledge of emerging law and significant trial experience to the practice of family law in Florida.   A skilled family law advocate, she is a zealous advocate in pursuit of her clients' rights.  Her knowledge of current and emerging legal issues has garnered her recognition in the legal community.  She is a contributor to the The Rules Rule column of the Clearwater Bar Association (CBA)'s Res Ipsa Loquitur Newsletter.

She is also the newsletter's former editor.  In the past, she has also served as Chair of the CBA's Family Law Section, Bench & Bar Conference Committee, and Oyster Roast.  Ms. Stephens was an Executive Counsel Member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and participated as a Chairperson, Co-Chair and Committee Member of the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for over ten years.  She has published articles in local and State bar news publications and has lectured on various topics related to family law.  When she is not working, Connie spends time on a farm with her two dogs, Sadie the Baby and Boo the Monster in Florida and a residence in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

 

Bar Admissions

Connie R. Stephens is a lawyer in good standing with the Florida Bar.  She is licensed to practice in state, federal, and appellate courts throughout Florida and the United States.

She has been admitted to the bar in Florida since 1989, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida since 1989, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 1992, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit since 1995.

 

 

Educational Background

Connie R. Stephens graduated with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from Barry University, summa cum laude, before attending Nova Southeastern University's Shephard Broad Law Center, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree, with honors, in 1988.

 

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