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
- Client Intake: Divorce, Unmarried Couples, etc. (with Sample Forms and Checklists)
10:00 - 10:45, Kirk C. Stange
- Prenuptial Agreements: Key Clauses and Considerations
10:45 - 11:30, Kirk C. Stange
- Divorce Process, Initial Steps and Preliminary Orders
11:45 - 1:00, Kirk C. Stange
- Annulment vs. Separation vs. Divorce
- Advising Clients About ADR Options
- Jurisdictional Considerations, Case Filing and Service of Process
- Case Information Statements
- Effective Use of Emergency and Preliminary/Temporary Orders
- Discovery in Divorce: Tax Returns, Electronic Evidence and More
1:30 - 2:45, John D. Kershman
- Discovery Timing and Extensiveness
- Effective Use of Interrogatories, Requests for Production, Requests for Admission, etc. (with Samples)
- How to Respond to Interrogatories and Requests for Documents
- Reading Complex Tax Forms
- E-Discovery Tips (with Sample Subpoenas)
- How to Authenticate and Admit Electronic Evidence
- When and How to Use Discovery Motions
- The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property
3:00 - 4:00, Tifanne E.E. Wolter
- Marital vs. Non-Marital Assets
- Dividing Real Estate
- Business Assets and Interests in Closely Held Entities
- Employee Benefits, Stock Options and Executive Compensation Plans
- Other Sources of Assets
- Dividing Debt Between Spouses
- Bankruptcy's Impact on Divorce
- Effective Use of Financial Experts
- Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce
4:00 - 5:00, John D. Kershman
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
- Retirement and Benefits for State Workers and Teachers
- Military Retired Pay
- Federal Employees Retirement System and Civil Service Retirement System
- Railroad Retirement System
- Tax Primer for Family Law Attorneys
10:00 - 11:00, John D. Kershman
- Filing Status of Divorcing Parties
- Tax on Sale/Transfer of Assets
- Spousal Support Taxation
- Child Tax Benefits
- Child Custody, Parenting Plans and Paternity Actions
11:15 - 12:15, Kirk C. Stange
- Custody Options, Procedures and Forms
- Sole Custody vs. Shared Parenting
- Custody Evaluations
- Handling Relocation Requests
- How to Modify Custody and Visitation Orders
- Paternity Actions
- Drafting Parenting Plans (with Samples)
- Calculating Child Support and Alimony
12:15 - 1:15, Tifanne E.E. Wolter
- Reading Complex Earnings Statements
- Child Support Guidelines and Calculations
- Interfacing with Child Support Agencies
- Alimony/Spousal Support Guidelines
- Key Issues: Imputed Income, Overtime, Bonuses, etc.
- How to Modify Child and Spousal Support
- Settlement Negotiation, Trial Strategies and Drafting Final Orders
1:45 - 2:45, Kirk C. Stange
- Weapons to Use in Negotiations
- Preparing for and Going to Mediation
- Effective Use of Pre-Trial Motions
- Hearings and Trial: What to Expect and How to Prepare
- Direct and Cross Examination in Divorce
- Drafting Final Orders (with Samples)
- Enforcing the Judgment and Contempt Proceedings
2:45 - 3:45, Tifanne E.E. Wolter
- Child Support Enforcement
- How to Bring Contempt Issues to Court
- Custody/Visitation Order Violations
- Violations of Restraining Orders
- Forcing the Other Party to Deliver Property
- Ethical Considerations
4:00 - 5:00, Kirk C. Stange
- Recouping Attorneys' Fees
- Preventing Burnout
- Client Communications and Managing Expectations
- Client's Best Interests vs. the Child's Best Interests
This program is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit.