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This basic level program is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit.

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Join us as we walk through the steps of divorce from client intake and filing to important considerations concerning child and spousal support, custody, asset, and debt division. (see full course description)

 

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Divorce Cases from Start to Finish

A Comprehensive Walk Through Divorce

Are you confident you can successfully navigate through the twists and turns of the divorce process? Join us as we walk through the steps of divorce from client intake and filing to important considerations concerning child and spousal support, custody, asset, and debt division. Learn how to handle a divorce case step-by-step - register today!

  • Discuss ways to effectively gather important information during client intake.
  • Walk through the preliminary steps in the divorce process with a look at jurisdiction considerations, filing and more.
  • Review how to properly complete financial affidavits as well as what to look for in the other side's.
  • Explore successful informal and formal discovery methods in divorce cases.
  • Learn what custody and visitation options should be considered in divorce.
  • Take a close look at considerations for both child and spousal support.
  • Gain valuable insight from a family law judge on custody, support and division of assets.
  • Review crucial exemption and deduction considerations to factor in through the divorce process.
  • Examine the fundamental issues that need to be addressed post-divorce.


DAY ONE

  1. Arkansas Divorce Law Fundamentals
    9:00 - 9:30, Johnnie Rhoads
    1. Overview of the Divorce Process
    2. State Laws Governing Divorce
    3. Local Court Rules and Preferences
    4. Deadlines and Procedures You Need to Know
  2. Client Intake
    9:30 - 10:15, Victoria Hargis Bruton
    1. Gathering Critical Details and Documents
    2. Advising Client on Their Options
    3. Customization of the Intake Form
    4. Sample Checklists
  3. Initial Steps in Filing
    10:30 - 11:15, Johnnie Rhoads
    1. Jurisdiction Considerations
    2. Drafting and Filing the Petition
    3. Developing a Parenting Plan
    4. Filing Temporary Orders/Motions
    5. Stipulations: What You Need to Know
    6. Service and Summons
    7. Responding to the Petition
  4. Essential Discovery Tools in Divorce
    11:15 - 12:00, Victoria Hargis Bruton
    1. Initial Disclosure (with Checklists)
    2. Financial Investigation and Finding Hidden Assets
    3. Customizing Interrogatories
    4. Requests and Responses for Production
    5. Depositions
    6. Requests for Admission
    7. Discovery Motions
    8. Social Media, Email, Text Evidence and More
    9. When Things Get Contentious
  5. Examining Financials: What to Look for
    1:00 - 1:45, Janet Spencer
    1. Financial Statement/Affidavit
    2. Tax Returns
    3. Earnings Statements/Paystubs
    4. Bank Statements, Investment Statements
    5. Pension/Retirement Statements
  6. Custody and Visitation Considerations
    1:45 - 2:30, Michael Armstrong
    1. Determining the Best Interest of the Child
    2. The Scope of Custody Jurisdiction
    3. Types of Custody Arrangements (w/Samples)
    4. Joint Custody Considerations
    5. Noncustodial Parents and Grandparent Visitation
    6. Termination of Parental Rights
    7. Enforcing and Modifying Custody and Visitation Agreements
  7. Child Support: Guidelines and Calculations
    2:45 - 3:45, Michael Armstrong
    1. Calculating Child Support (w/Worksheets)
    2. Imputing Income for Unemployed, Underemployed or Self-Employed Spouses
    3. The Impact of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)
    4. Modifications of Child Support
  8. Spousal Support/Maintenance
    3:45 - 4:30, Scott E. Smith
    1. Calculating Spousal Support
    2. Temporary vs. Rehabilitative vs. Permanent Support
    3. The Impact of Property Awarded on Support
    4. Healthcare Considerations
    5. Termination or Modification of Spousal Support

DAY TWO

  1. Family Law Judge Insights
    9:00 - 9:45, Hon. Doug Schrantz
    1. What is in the Best Interest of the Child from the Adjudicators POV
    2. Contempt in Family Court, What is It
    3. Temporary Hearing and What Information Does the Adjudicator Need to Make a Decision
    4. Domestic Violence and How it Impacts the Divorce Case, Custody, Orders, Firearm Ownership
  2. Division and Valuation of Assets and Debt
    9:45 - 10:30, Scott E. Smith
    1. Marital Division Mechanics
    2. Prenuptial and Post Nuptial Agreement Considerations
    3. Marital vs. Non-Marital Property
    4. Retirement Plan Division/QDRO Considerations
    5. Valuation of Assets and Marital Property
    6. Common Mistakes
  3. Tax Considerations in Divorce
    10:45 - 11:30, Katalina R. Wyninger
    1. Timing of the Divorce and its Impact on Taxes
    2. Key Exemptions and Deductions
    3. Support Tax Consequences
    4. Property Transfers - Avoiding Capital Gains
    5. The Impact of Retirement Transfers
  4. Ethical Considerations in Divorce
    11:30 - 12:30, Brenda D. Austin
    1. Client Communication
    2. Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
    3. Mishandling Funds from the Divorce Settlement
    4. Addressing Attorney's Fees to Avoid Disputes
  5. Tips for Mediation/Arbitration in Divorce Cases
    1:30 - 2:15, Mary M.W. Schneider
  6. Marital Settlement Agreements: Pitfalls, Drafting Tips and More
    2:15 - 3:00, Chris Oswalt
  7. The Divorce Hearing and Trial
    3:15 - 3:45, Janet Spencer
  8. Post-Divorce Considerations
    3:45 - 4:30, Janet Spencer
    1. Final Divorce Wrap-up Checklist
    2. The Final Divorce Decree - Review and File
    3. Modifications or Changes
    4. Additional Documents to be Drafted/Revised
      1. Wills and Trusts
      2. QDROs
      3. Insurance
    5. Appeal
    6. Contempt Enforcement
    7. Preparing Child Support Orders

Seminar Summary:

Join us as we walk through the steps of divorce from client intake and filing to important considerations concerning child and spousal support, custody, asset, and debt division. (see full course description)

 

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