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

In this insightful 2-day program, our seasoned faculty will provide you with procedural guidance, how-tos, 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 family law 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.
  • Discover how to properly handle contempt and enforcement issues like child support enforcement.
  • Get straightforward guidance on key family law documents, including prenups, parenting plans and final orders.

All times are shown in Eastern time


  1. Client Intake: Divorce, Unmarried Couples, etc. (with Sample Forms and Checklists)
    10:00 - 10:45, Kirk C. Stange
  2. Prenuptial Agreements: Key Clauses and Considerations
    10:45 - 11:30, Kirk C. Stange
  3. Divorce Process, Initial Steps and Preliminary Orders
    11:45 - 1:00, Kirk C. Stange
    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. Effective Use of Emergency and Preliminary/Temporary Orders
  4. Discovery in Divorce: Tax Returns, Electronic Evidence and More
    1:30 - 2:45, John D. Kershman
    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. When and How to Use Discovery Motions
  5. The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property
    3:00 - 4:00, Tifanne E.E. Wolter
    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. Effective Use of Financial Experts
  6. Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce
    4:00 - 5:00, John D. Kershman
    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


  1. Tax Primer for Family Law Attorneys
    10:00 - 11:00, John D. Kershman
    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
    11:15 - 12:15, Kirk C. Stange
    1. Custody Options, Procedures and Forms
    2. Sole Custody vs. Shared Parenting
    3. Custody Evaluations
    4. Handling Relocation Requests
    5. How to Modify Custody and Visitation Orders
    6. Paternity Actions
    7. Drafting Parenting Plans (with Samples)
  3. Calculating Child Support and Alimony
    12:15 - 1:15, Tifanne E.E. Wolter
    1. Reading Complex Earnings Statements
    2. Child Support Guidelines and Calculations
    3. Interfacing with Child Support Agencies
    4. Alimony/Spousal Support Guidelines
    5. Key Issues: Imputed Income, Overtime, Bonuses, etc.
    6. How to Modify Child and Spousal Support
  4. Settlement Negotiation, Trial Strategies and Drafting Final Orders
    1:45 - 2:45, Kirk C. Stange
    1. Weapons to Use in Negotiations
    2. Preparing for and Going to Mediation
    3. Effective Use of Pre-Trial Motions
    4. Hearings and Trial: What to Expect and How to Prepare
    5. Direct and Cross Examination in Divorce
    6. Drafting Final Orders (with Samples)
  5. Enforcing the Judgment and Contempt Proceedings
    2:45 - 3:45, Tifanne E.E. Wolter
    1. Child Support Enforcement
    2. How to Bring Contempt Issues to Court
    3. Custody/Visitation Order Violations
    4. Violations of Restraining Orders
    5. Forcing the Other Party to Deliver Property
  6. Ethical Considerations
    4:00 - 5:00, Kirk C. Stange
    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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