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J. Benjamin Stevens

Divorce and separation Attorney at Spartanburg, SC

4.6   9 reviews

also known as Ben Stevens


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About J. Benjamin

Learn J. Benjamin’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    35%
    A quality child custody and visitation attorney must be able to understand his clients’ needs and the emotional and human nature faced by people going through a family crisis. At the same time, however, a good attorney navigates the most direct path to a fair resolution of his client’s case. As the father of three children and the step-father of three children, Ben possesses a tremendous ability to be simultaneously understanding and effective in handling these complex cases.

    28 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    35%
    Aggressive, creative, and compassionate are words Ben Stevens’ colleagues freely use to describe him as a divorce attorney. Ben is a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and he is one of only six attorneys in South Carolina with that distinction. Having been previously divorced himself, Ben has a unique insight into the issues people face in Family Court.

    28 years

  3. Alimony
    10%
    Alimony can be a particularly complex issue, because SC does not have guidelines for its calculation. Ben Stevens majored in Financial Management and has a minor in Accounting, so he understands the complexities in handling these types of cases for well over two decades.

    28 years

  4. Family
    10%
    Ben Stevens is a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and is a Board Certified Family Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocates. He is one of only four attorneys in South Carolina with those simultaneous distinctions. He is well qualified to handle complex issues in Family Court and is highly respected by the Bench and Bar alike.

    28 years

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    10%

Aggressive, creative, and compassionate are words Ben Stevens’ colleagues freely use to describe him. Mr. Stevens is a Principle with Offit Kurman in Spartanburg. While Mr. Stevens is an experienced trial lawyer, he understands that it takes much more than technical proficiency to be an effective family law attorney. In order to be the best advocate for his clients, a quality family law attorney must understand their problems and the emotional and human nature of the issues faced by people going through a family crisis. At the same time, however, he must navigates the most direct path to a fair resolution of his client’s case. Mr. Stevens possesses a tremendous ability to be simultaneously understanding and effective, and the best evidence of this is his successful track record of well over two decades of experience handling complex family law cases.

Mr. Stevens is a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and currently serves as one of its national Vice Presidents.  He is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a Board Certified Family Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  Mr. Stevens previously served as Chair of both the South Carolina Bar’s Family Law Council and the Family Law Section of the South Carolina Association for Justice. He holds an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has given presentations on family law topics locally, nationally, and internationally.

Photos and videos

Ben Stevens explains what he likes about handling family law cases, the importance of legal technology in the practice of law, and other legal developments in this video made for the South Carolina Bar as part of its "Career Counsel" series.
Spartanburg divorce attorney, Ben Stevens, is interviewed by WYFF (NBC affiliate in Greenville, SC) about the impact of the economy on divorces in South Carolina.
Is it the rise of social media, the changing economy, or just the way things are now? Without a doubt, more and more older couples are getting divorced than ever. Ben Stevens discusses what's behind these "gray divorces" and the challenges they present.
Spartanburg divorce attorney, Ben Stevens, is interviewed by WSPA (CBS affiliate in Spartanburg, SC) about the recent decision from the Supreme Court and its impact on same sex marriages in South Carolina.
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Licensed for 27 years
State SC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 01/22/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact J. Benjamin

The Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center
349 East Main Street.
Suite 200
Spartanburg, SC, 29302

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Ben Stevens is an excellent attorney. I sought Ben’s representation several years ago. My situation was quite complex. It involved issues such as clearly outlining custody/visitation arrangements, child support, and harassment. Ben proved himself to be extremely professional. He did a great job of helping to find creative solutions. When court appearances were necessary, he was well prepared to offer effective, aggressive representation. I’d also like to note that even though he was in high demand, he always managed to make me feel as though my case was a priority. He made himself available to offer responses in a timely manner. I’m pleased with my decision to hire Ben. Signed: A pleased client
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Response from J. Benjamin Stevens October 8, 2015
Thank you for your kind words. You highlighted what our goals (particularly in complex litigation cases) are: effective, aggressive representation and timely, responsive access to our clients. While we certainly hope that you won't need us again, you know that we're here for you if and when you do.
Posted by David | September 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Ben Stevens.
Ben Stevens is extremely professional and very well respected in the community and among his peers. When facing what I knew was going to be a difficult divorce, I needed an attorney that would have my best interest and my children's best interest at heart. I could not have made a better decision when I hired Ben Stevens as my attorney. Ben argued tirelessly, even when faced with what seemed to be impossible situations. I highly recommend Ben Stevens to anyone facing difficult family law issues.
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Response from J. Benjamin Stevens September 22, 2015
Thank you for your kind words. Difficult cases are always made easier by having a client who is so cooperative and works with his attorney the way you did. I don't ever mind undertaking a challenge, nor do I get tired of fighting to protect my clients. I am glad that we were able to achieve a positive outcome in your case. Thanks again for such a positive review, I truly appreciate it.
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Posted by Kyle | August 31, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Very professional, knowledgeable. He is straightforward and I have used his services several times. My case was a particularly nasty child support/custody case and I am glad that I had an attorney like him fighting for me. I highly recommend him to anyone needing services in his field.
Response from J. Benjamin Stevens September 22, 2015
The fact that you chose to retain me multiple times is one of the highest compliments that you can pay to me and my firm, as it demonstrates the trust you placed in me and the confidence you had in our ability time and time again. I appreciate your kind words, and as you well know, we are here if and when you need us again.
Posted by Dawn | August 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST ATTORNEY EVER!!!
I hired Attorney Ben Stevens to handle my divorce. He always listened to my concerns and gave me great advice!! He even gave me advice I didn't want to hear because I was only thinking emotionally and not realistically. Most importantly, he was ALWAYS available for any problem I may have, always responded quickly and he fought for me!!! Since my divorce I've recommended him a few times and will continue to do so. He's an AMAZING attorney and I want to THANK him for helping me through a very difficult time of my life!!
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Response from J. Benjamin Stevens September 22, 2015
I am humbled by such lavish praise, but I truly appreciate it. One of the keys of being a successful divorce attorney is telling your clients what they *need* to hear, and not what they *want* to hear. Also, it is important to ensure that our clients make informed decisions and not emotional ones. I am glad that you gave me the opportunity to work with you on your case and that we were able to achieve a positive outcome.
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Posted by Brad | August 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ben Stevens: A Class Above
After an unpleasent experience with a reputable attorney who was willing to take my money but not listen to my concerns. I found myself seeking new representation. I hired Ben with the understanding that he would listen to my concerns and fight for what I wanted and not what was simply the courtroom norm. To my surprise, not only did he listen but he set proper expectations for the potential outcomes in the negotiations and in the courtroom. Additionally, he made recommendations that would potentially produce the same desired ruling while putting me in the best negotiation position possible. Most understand that it is customary, with all things being equal, for the mother to be awaded custody but as a man who won custody of his child I am confident in recommending Ben Stevens to fight for your best interest. I found that Ben was knowlegable of family law and respected among his peers within the courtroom. He will be honest with you, provide you your options along with probabilities of the outcome for each circumstance and allow you to make the decision on what you want to do next. I trust Ben and have recommended him numerous times.
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Response from J. Benjamin Stevens September 22, 2015
It was almost two decades ago when you first retained me, and I remember quite well all of the many battles that we fought side by side in the courtroom over many years. You have referred dozens of people to me in the years since, which I consider to be the highest compliment that a client can pay his attorney. I have tried to model my practice and my reputation on honesty, tenacity, and creativity, and those factors have enabled me to achieve positive outcomes in many cases that other lawyers didn't even want to attempt. I appreciate the trust you placed in me way back when, and I'm glad that we have become friends in the years since then.
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Posted by Katie peeler | August 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ben is the only attorney you will ever need!
Mr. Steven's has been my "go to" attorney in every case since 2007! I have utilized him in several cases and always came out on top. His primary goals are accessibility, aggressiveness, and creativity in helping solve clients problems without the need for court, but being prepared to try each case if we are forced to do so, in which he's done all of that for me and my family. He makes you feel like family and I love that about his Law Firm. I can ALWAYS depend on Ben.
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Response from J. Benjamin Stevens September 22, 2015
Our team works very hard to help our clients through difficult times in their lives. We realize that no one ever comes to see us on their best days, and often times they are in our office on the worst of days. While we are hopeful that we can amicably resolve cases, we prepare each one as if we are going to trial, and we are ready if and when we are forced to do so. Thank you for your kind words about me and my team – I sincerely appreciate it.
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Posted by Lauren | August 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ben Stevens
I highly recommend Ben Stevens for divorce/family law. He is very professional, knowledgeable, compassionate and smart. He is a very good listener and was extremely calming for me during my divorce process. He was always accessible to me when I needed to meet with him or talk to him on the phone. He was also very responsive via email. He was great to work with despite it being a very difficult time in my life. He really helped me get through it. I have needed him a couple of times after my divorce as well and he was again very helpful.
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Response from J. Benjamin Stevens September 22, 2015
Having been through it myself, I understand that divorce can be a difficult thing for some people to face. As a result, everyone on our team makes a concerted effort to make the process as "painless" as possible for our clients. We do this through being understanding and compassionate toward the situations they are facing, and by making ourselves available when they need to discuss any concerns about the issues in their case. We strive to paint a realistic picture for every client, so that they know what outcomes are possible and which are most likely, as that can be quite reassuring. We are glad that you are pleased with our services, and I thank you for your review and your kind words.
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Posted by christopher | August 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outcome focused with client's interest as priority
Like most attorney's, Ben has his clients best interest as a first priority and understands what's important to them; however, the differentiator was Ben's responsiveness and sense of urgency on getting back to his clients. Response time was important to me given the geographic disparity and nature of my case as well as the anxiety it carried with it. In addition to Ben's prompt communication, he was very outcome oriented and when working with his clients re-directs their mind set to think of the facts of the case and not the emotion (data and facts will steer the direction of the case). Moreover, he was transparent and shared an opposing view (not to discourage) but to facilitate the decision making process. While Ben's communication and creativity toward results were equally important, what I really liked about Ben was his ability to identify with my case and relate back to his experiences and not just look at my case as revenue stream for his firm.
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Response from J. Benjamin Stevens September 22, 2015
One of the first things we do in every case is map out a unique strategy that makes the most sense for that particular matter, as we know that no two family court cases are alike. We always make an effort to respond as promptly as possible to our clients (near and far), and I appreciate your kind words in that regard. When we represent clients who are located outside of SC, we make every effort to utilize technology to keep them up to date on the status of their cases. Hopefully you will not need us again, but you know that we will be here ready to spring into action if you do.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2014
Not worth the money (I didn't have)
This attorney is extremely overpriced. I had to secure a loan and max a credit card to pay my fees. My case was a simple, uncomplicated case that cost me thousands. The resolution was a big disappointment. I expected to come out with a FAIR agreement but very little argument was given on my behalf or in my defense. Little to no push back was displayed during meetings it was like we just threw in the towel and conceded that we would take what we can get.
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Response from J. Benjamin Stevens September 22, 2015
I have no way of verifying who wrote this review, but I seriously doubt it was one of my firm's clients. My reputation as being willing to fight to protect my clients' rights is well known by my colleagues, both attorneys and judges alike. In fact, I have even had situations in the past where the opposing party later retained me (in unrelated matters) because they were so impressed with the results I obtained against them. It's unfortunate that someone chose to post an anonymous negative review, but I hope the other reviews serve as ample evidence of the type of attorney I am and the type of service I provide to my clients.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • The Stevens Firm, PA Family Law Center
  • 1996 - Present

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Clemson University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • SC DSS v. Mary C. & Daniel C.
  • Affirmed in Part / Reversed in Part
  • Thomson v. Thomson
  • Affirmed
  • Roddy v. Cleveland
  • Affirmed

Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Vice President (National)
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified Family Trial Advocate
  • 2016 - Present
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • International Academy of Attorneys for Divorce Over 50
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • 1995 - Present
  • Spartanburg County Bar Association
  • 1995 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Technology Director (National)
  • 2015 - 2017
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Family Law Council (Past Chair)
  • 2012 - 2018
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2010 - 2015
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • Family Law Section (Past Chair)
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Fastcase 50 Class of 2015
  • Fastcase
  • 2015

Publications

  • NextGen Law
  • Computer Smackdown : Mac vs. PC
  • 2009
  • Lawyers Weekly
  • Parental Alienation: The Latest weapon in Nasty Divorce
  • 2007
  • The Sun News
  • Extra Funds Set to Fortify Child Welfare
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • South Carolina Bar's Hot Tips Seminar
  • What The Hague? (The Convention You’ve Heard Of – and All the Ones You Haven’t)
  • 2017
  • AAML (Northern California Chapter) Family Law Symposium
  • Practice Management Hacks: Tips and Tricks to Make Life Easier
  • 2017
  • American Bar Association Family Law Section Fall Conference
  • Tech Tools to Work Less and Earn More
  • 2017
  • South Carolina Bar's Hot Tips Seminar
  • Special Concerns in High Profile Cases
  • 2016
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting
  • How to Make Social Media Work for You
  • 2016
  • Greenville County Bar Association Annual CLE
  • Working With Experts in Family Court
  • 2015
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting
  • Practical (and Understandable) Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Clients from 21st Century Headaches
  • 2015
  • South Carolina Bar Family Law Essentials
  • Developing Your Family Law Practice
  • 2015
  • Iowa State Bar Association Family Law Seminar
  • Developing Your Family Law Practice
  • 2015
  • South Carolina Bar's Bridge The Gap Seminar
  • Establishing and Managing Your Family Law Practice
  • 2014
  • South Carolina Bar's Hot Tips Seminar
  • Dealing with Problematic Guardians ad Litem – To Remove or Not to Remove?
  • 2014
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting
  • Marketing in the 21st Century
  • 2014
  • South Carolina Bar's Hot Tips Seminar
  • Practical Application and Creative Extension of the Psychological Parent Doctrine
  • 2013
  • South Carolina Bar's Guardian ad Litem Annual Training
  • How to Get GAL Appointments From the Bench
  • 2013
  • Tennessee Bar Association's Law Tech Conference
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Ethically Marketing a Law Firm
  • 2013
  • AAML (SC Chapter) Family Law Symposium
  • Running Your Family Law Practice in the Cloud
  • 2013
  • ABA TECHSHOW
  • iOS in Action / Making the Switch for the Mac-Curious / The Super-Awesome Mac Hour of Amazement
  • 2013
  • South Carolina Bar's Bridge the Gap
  • Establishing and Managing Your Family Law Practice
  • 2013
  • South Carolina Association of Legal Investigators Annual Conference
  • Family Law Basics for Private Investigators
  • 2013
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting
  • Running Your Family Law Practice in the Cloud
  • 2012
  • South Carolina Bar's Hot Tips from the Coolest Domestic Practitioners
  • iPad, iPhone & Android Apps for Family Law Attorneys
  • 2012
  • ABA TECHSHOW
  • Popular Cloud Services and SaaS vs. Hosted Infrastructure / A Day in the Life of a Mac Lawyer
  • 2012
  • South Carolina Bar's Guardian ad Litem Annual Training
  • Dealing With "Other" Parents (Psychological, De Facto, Grand, Etc.)
  • 2012
  • Continuing Education Conference for Mental Health Professionals
  • Law School for Non-Lawyers - The Family Court Experience
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse J. Benjamin
Family Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Ben for over 15 years and he has always been an extremely competent and compassionate lawyer. I have worked with Ben as both the opposing attorney and as co-counsel on complex cases. His knowledge of the law and his abilities in a courtroom have always impressed me. Those same skills have also gained him the respect of his fellow lawyers and our Family Court Judges."
Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Other
"Ben Stevens is a knowledgeable and hard working family law attorney. He has that certain work ethic and compassion that make an effective advocate for his clients. If you need a family law attorney in South Carolina, Ben Stevens is a wonderful attorney to have on your side."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben has an excellent reputation across the state as a knowledgeable and experienced family court lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ben is well-respected by all family law attorneys in the Upstate of SC."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben is a good man, and a good lawyer. He is respected by his colleagues, and viewed as a thought-leader in our field."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ben enjoys a stellar reputation as one of the top Family Court attorneys in Upstate South Carolina. He is bright, well-prepared, with excellent trial skills. Ben is also a highly respected member of the Spartanburg community and is active in civic affairs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Stevens is not only a skilled attorney, but he is also a thought leader in the legal community. I admire his work and recommend him to anybody seeking an attorney in the Spartanburg, SC area."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I practice about 3 hours from Ben, but his name is still widely recognized and respected by the lawyers in my community. That is rare. Any referrals I have for a family court lawyer in his area go to Ben."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Spartanburg Divorce and separation Lawyer J. Benjamin Stevens
J. Benjamin Stevens
Divorce and separation Attorney
Spartanburg, SC
Licensed for 27 years