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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, Written by Charles M. Budde and Manav H. Raj. Presented by Manav H. Raj in Cleveland and Charles M. Budde in Akron.
  2. Prenuptial Agreements: Key Clauses and Considerations
    10:15 - 11:15, Written by Charles M. Budde and Adam J. Thurman. Presented by Adam J. Thurman in Cleveland and Charles M. Budde in Akron.
  3. Divorce Procedures, Initial Steps and Preliminary Orders
    11:15 - 12:15, Written by Manav H. Raj and Laura M. Wellen. Presented by Manav H. Raj in Cleveland and Laura M. Wellen in Akron.
    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 - 2:15, Written by James L. Lane. Presented by James L. Lane in Cleveland and Akron.
    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. E-Discovery Tips (with Sample Subpoenas)
    6. How to Authenticate and Admit Electronic Evidence
    7. Social Media's Impact on Litigation
    8. When and How to Use Discovery Motions (with Samples)
  5. The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property
    2:15 - 3:15, Written by Bernard I. Agin. Presented by Bernard I. Agin in Cleveland and Akron.
    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, Written by Nora Kelley and Adam J. Thurman. Presented by Adam J. Thurman in Cleveland and Nora Kelley in Akron.
    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, Written by John L. Juergensen and Scott S. Rosenthal. Presented by Scott S. Rosenthal in Cleveland and John L. Juergensen in Akron.
    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
    10:15 - 11:15, Written by Rosemary G. Rubin. Presented by Rosemary G. Rubin in Cleveland and Akron.
    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, Written by John L. Juergensen and Manav H. Raj. Presented by Manav H. Raj in Cleveland and John L. Juergensen in Akron.
    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 - 2:15, Written by Manav H. Raj and Laura M. Wellen. Presented by Manav H. Raj in Cleveland and Laura M. Wellen in Akron.
    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
    2:15 - 3:15, Written by Tia M. Kroeger and Peter A. Russell. Presented by Peter A. Russell in Cleveland and Tia M. Kroeger in Akron.
    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, Written by Tia M. Kroeger and Rosemary G. Rubin. Presented by Rosemary G. Rubin in Cleveland and Tia M. Kroeger in Akron.
    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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