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This basic-to-intermediate level program is designed for attorneys who are looking to enter the family law field, or for those that currently practice family law and are looking to brush up on their skills. Paralegals may also find this program beneficial.

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Learn from experienced attorneys as they review best practices and insider tips only available in a real-life setting. (see full course description)

 

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Family Law From Start to Finish

Two Knowledge-Packed Days of Rules, Procedures, Forms and Practice Pointers!

In this insightful 2-day program, our seasoned faculty will provide you with procedural guidance, how-to's, sample forms, and best practices so you can build a strong starting point or receive a practical refresher for an existing practice. You will also learn how to navigate special, hot-button issues such as the growing impact of social media in litigation and how to properly tackle frustrating support/income issues. Don't miss this opportunity to gain foundational knowledge and strategies that are critical to family law success - register today!

  • Confidently guide your clients through decision-making processes by understanding all options, benefits and potential drawbacks.
  • Understand the essential mechanics of marital property valuation and division.
  • Navigate complex tax returns to uncover a wealth of financial information.
  • Find out how to divide qualified retirement plans, nonqualified plans and state workers' retirement accounts.
  • Determine what can and cannot be used in child support calculations or offset child support obligations.
  • Explore key tax pitfalls and opportunities of divorce.
  • Analyze social media's evolutionary impact on divorce litigation.
  • Discover how to properly handle contempt and enforcement issues like child support enforcement.
  • Get straightforward guidance on drafting key family law documents, including prenups, parenting plans and final orders.


DAY 1

  1. Client Intake: Divorce, Unmarried Couples, etc.
    9:00 - 10:00, Megan O'Brien Stanley and Krista Stipe
  2. Prenuptial Agreements: Key Clauses and Considerations
    10:00 - 11:00, Megan O'Brien Stanley and Krista Stipe
  3. Divorce Procedures, Initial Steps and Preliminary Orders
    11:15 - 12:15, Dennis J. McGlothin
    1. Annulment vs. Separation vs. Divorce
    2. Advising Clients About ADR Options
    3. Jurisdictional Considerations, Case Filing and Service of Process
    4. Case Information Statements
    5. Emergency and Preliminary/Temporary Orders
    6. Procedural Rule Pitfalls to be Aware of
  4. Discovery in Divorce: Tax Returns, Social Media and More
    1:15 - 2:30, Amir John Showrai
    1. Discovery Timing and Extensiveness
    2. Effective Use of Interrogatories, Requests for Production, Requests for Admission, etc. (with Samples)
    3. How to Respond to Interrogatories and Requests for Documents
    4. Reading Complex Tax Forms
    5. How to Authenticate and Admit Electronic Evidence
    6. Social Media's Impact on Litigation
    7. When and How to Use Discovery Motions (with Samples)
  5. The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property
    2:45 - 3:30, Amir John Showrai
    1. Marital vs. Non-Marital Assets
    2. Dividing Real Estate
    3. Business Assets and Interests in Closely Held Entities
    4. Employee Benefits, Stock Options and Executive Compensation Plans
    5. Other Sources of Assets
    6. Dividing Debt Between Spouses
    7. Bankruptcy's Impact on Divorce
    8. When and How to Use Financial Experts
  6. Valuing and Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce
    3:30 - 4:30, Laura Carlsen
    1. Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
    2. Retirement and Benefits for State Workers and Teachers
    3. Military Retired Pay
    4. Federal Employees Retirement System and Civil Service Retirement System
    5. Railroad Retirement System
    6. IRAs

DAY 2

  1. Tax Primer for Family Law Attorneys
    9:00 - 10:00, Todd R. DeVallance
    1. Filing Status of Divorcing Parties
    2. Tax on Sale/Transfer of Assets
    3. Spousal Support Taxation
    4. Child Tax Benefits
  2. Child Custody, Parenting Plans and Paternity Actions
    10:00 - 11:00, Laura Carlsen
    1. Custody Options, Procedures and Forms
    2. Sole Custody vs. Shared Parenting
    3. Custody Evaluations
    4. Third Party Visitation Rights
    5. Relocation Requests
    6. How to Modify Custody and Visitation Orders
    7. Paternity Actions
    8. Drafting Parenting Plans
  3. Calculating Child Support and Alimony
    11:15 - 12:15, Danielle LaBelle and Kim L. Schnuelle
    1. Child Support Guidelines and Calculations
    2. Interfacing with Child Support Agencies
    3. Alimony/Spousal Support Guidelines
    4. Actual Earnings vs. Earning Capacity, Overtime, Bonuses, etc.
    5. How to Modify Child and Spousal Support
  4. Settlement Negotiation, Trial Strategies and Drafting Final Orders
    1:15 - 2:30, Michael W. Louden
    1. Best Arguments to Make in Negotiations
    2. Preparing for and Going to Mediation
    3. Hearings and Trial: What to Expect and How to Prepare
    4. Direct and Cross Examination in Divorce
    5. Drafting Final Orders
  5. Enforcing the Judgment and Contempt Proceedings
    2:45 - 3:30, Caleb Oken-Berg
    1. Bringing Contempt Issues to Court
    2. Child Support Enforcement
    3. Custody/Visitation Order Violations
    4. Violations of Restraining Orders
    5. Forcing the Other Party to Deliver Property
  6. Ethical Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, Michael W. Louden
    1. Recouping Attorneys' Fees
    2. Preventing Burnout
    3. Client Communications and Managing Expectations
    4. Client's Best Interests vs. the Child's Best Interests

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