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My name is Eddie Stephens and I am a Board Certified Family Law Attorney who has practiced family law in Palm Beach County my entire legal career.

With 18 years of litigation experience, I specialize in high-conflict, high-asset divorce cases.  I focus on helping clients with domestic legal issues such as property division, business valuation, child support and spousal support, child custody and visitation, post-judgment modifications, child relocation, same sex marriages, and both prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

I have earned the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a professional rating indicating the highest ethical standards and professional ability.  I have also been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America ®, a peer-review publication recognizing the top 4% of attorneys in the country.

Having tried hundreds of high-conflict divorce cases in Palm Beach County, my hourly rate is higher than the average family law attorney due to my experiences and expertise.  I also oversee a team of lawyers with varying levels of experience and hourly rates.

In addition to practicing family law, I am also proud to call myself an author, lecturer, and community leader.  As a third generation Floridian, I am a concerned citizen of Palm Beach County who volunteers and supports a number of civic and charitable organizations to better the community including Leadership Palm Beach County, Boy Scouts of America, Big Dog Ranch Rescue and Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League.

As a divorced father of two teenage children, I know first-hand what’s at stake when counseling my clients.  My hobbies include cooking, yoga, camping and spending time with my family.

In my spare time, I like to write my own summaries on every family law case published in Florida; I call them “squibs.”  While I started the “squibs” as a way for me to learn about the cases, I also enjoy sharing them with my colleagues and they are published by the Family Section of the Florida Bar.  If you would like to read my “squibs” or learn more about me, visit my legal blog at

Please give my office a call if you would like to schedule a consultation.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 45%
    19 years
  2. Divorce: 45%
    19 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    19 years



Hourly ($450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Cory Carsan Strolla

    I have known Eddie for well over a decade. He is one of the most knowledgeable family attorneys in the area! He is also one of the top courtroom trial attorneys I know. Highly recommend.


    Cory Strolla Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kristin Kathleen Grossman

    Eddie Stephens is not only one of the most well-informed lawyers I know, but also an incredible human being with the moral compass I wish all lawyers possessed.


    Kristin Grossman Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


FLMember in Good Standing199706/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers - Family LawBest Lawyers in America2016
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Service Award for 8 YearsBoy Scouts of America2013
Kiwanian of the YearKiwanis2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWard Damon2013 - Present
Board Certified Marital & Family Law AttorneyLaw Offices of John Christiansen, PL2012 - 2013
Board Certified Marital & Family Law AttorneyLaw Office of Eddie Stephens, PA2005 - 2012
AssociateChristiansen & Jacknin, Lawyers1997 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Leadership Palm Beach CountyBoard of Governors2015 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law Section Technology CommitteeChairman2014 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law Publications CommitteeMember2006 - Present
Boy Scouts of AmericaAdult Leader2005 - Present
Palm Beach County Bar Association, CLE CommitteeMember2005 - Present
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Family Law Practice CommitteeMember1997 - Present
Florida Bar, CLE CommitteeMember2009 - 2011
Florida Bar, Family Law Section, CLE CommitteeCo-Chair2009 - 2010
Marital & Family Law Board Certification CommitteeChairman2004 - 2010
Leadership Foundation of Delta Sigma PiPresident and Chair2003 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nikolits v. Delaney, 719 So.2d 348 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998)Judgment overturned.
Nikolits v. Ballinger, 736 So.2d 1253Writ of prohibition entered.
Palm Beach Gardens Community Church v. Nikolits, 754 So.2d 729 (Fal. 4th DCA 1999)Judgment affirmed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Bar Family Law CommentatorLine in the Sand: Iranian Divorce from the Perspective of the Trial Attorneys Involved2015
Florida Bar Family Law CommentatorBack to the Basics: In Order to Succeed you Must Fail2015
Florida Bar Family Law CommentatorEthics for Marital Attorneys2015
Lulu PressStephens Squibs'2015
Florida Bar Family Law CommentatorImportance of Daily Rituals2014
Watermark MediaWill Florida have legal same-sex marriage within a year?2014
The DeltasigThe Ordinary Secret to Living an Extraordinary Life2014
Florida Bar Family Law CommentatorHow I Relax2013
Florida Bar Family Law CommentatorTherapy Dogs in Court2013
Palm Beach PostEddie Stephens Scene Maker2013
Palm Beach PostAlimony Reform2013
Florida Bar Family Law CommentatorBasics of Cross Examination2009
National Business Institute SeminarProperty Tax Law in Florida2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of MiamiComputer ScienceBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration1994
Gulliver PreparatoryN/AHigh School Diploma1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WebinarMechanics of the Marital and Family Law Certification Exam2015
WebinarFamily Law Case Update2015
United Methodist Church of the Palm BeachesLiving an Extraordinary Life: Lessons from our Heroes2015
Grand Chapter Congress - Chicago, ILLiving an Extraordinary Life: Lessons from our Heroes2015
April is for AuthorsModerated Author Panel "Keep them Guessing"2015
WebinarFamily Law Case Update2014
Canakaris American Inn of CourtMental Health for the Family Law Practitioner2014
April is for AuthorsModerated Author Panel2014
WebinarFamily Law Case Update2013
Raleigh. NC LEADBecome Your Own Hero2013
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Bench-Bar CommitteeTop 10 Family Law Cases2013
Grand Chapter Congress - Seattle, WABecome Your Own Hero2013
Florida Bar, Family Law Section, Board Certification CommitteeAll Kinds of Temporary Relief2013
WebinarPrenuptial Agreements2012
TelephonicFamily Law Case Update2012
Palm Beach County Bar Association, CLE CommitteeStatutes, Rules & Regulations2012
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Bench-Bar CommitteeStephens' Squibs Family Law Case Update2012
Leadership Retreat - San Diego, CABecome Your Own Hero2012
Webinar2011 Lawline Family Law Case Update2011
TelephonicFamily Law Case Update2011
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Bench-Bar CommitteeFamiy Law Case Update2011
Webinar2010 Lawline Family Law Case Update2010
Case Law Update Telephonic SeminarFamily Law Case Update2010
Palm Beach County CLECase Law Update2009
Case Law UpdateFamily Law Case Update2009
Attorneys’ Fees, Enforcement & Charging LiensAttorneys’ Fees, Enforcement & Charging Liens2009
View from the Bench SeminarCo-Chair - View From the Bench2008
San Diego LeadPersonal & Professional Risk Management2008
Palm Beach County CLECase Law Update2008
Palm Beach County Bar Association, Family Law CLEDROPS COLA’s and Deferred Retirement2008
PB Family Law CLEEvidentiary Issues in Relocation Cases2007
Florida Bar, Family Law Section, CLE CommitteeValuation of Real Property in Rapidly Changing Market2007
Florida Association for Women LawyersEthical Issues in Family Law2007
Palm Beach Bar Family Law CLEEthical Issues in Family Law2006
Louisville LeadEnabling Others to Lead2006
Leadership RetreatPersonal and Professional Risk Management2006