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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.
  • 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. Iowa Divorce Law Fundamentals
    9:00 - 9:30, Rebecca Feiereisen
    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, Rebecca Feiereisen
    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, Rebecca Feiereisen
    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 - 12:15, David A. Morse
    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
    1:15 - 2:15, Alison Werner Smith
    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
    2:15 - 3:00, David A. Morse
    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
    3:15 - 4:00, David A. Morse
    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
    4:00 - 4:30, Alison Werner 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. Division and Valuation of Assets and Debt
    9:00 - 10:00, Brian W. Crotty
    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
  2. Tips for Mediation/Arbitration in Divorce Cases
    10:00 - 10:45, Linda A. Hall
  3. Marital Settlement Agreements: Pitfalls, Drafting Tips and More
    11:00 - 11:45, Linda A. Hall
  4. Tax Considerations in Divorce
    12:45 - 1:45, Brian W. Crotty
    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
  5. Ethical Considerations in Divorce
    2:00 - 3:00, Andrew Wiezorek
    1. Client Communication
    2. Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
    3. Mishandling Funds from the Divorce Settlement
    4. Addressing Attorney's Fees to Avoid Disputes
  6. The Divorce Hearing and Trial
    3:00 - 3:45, William N. Toomey
  7. Post-Divorce Considerations
    3:45 - 4:30, William N. Toomey
    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

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