Skillfully handle the most challenging family law cases!
Family law is growing increasingly more complex. The potential complications of high-wealth or high-conflict divorce can intimidate some attorneys into shying away from such cases. Do you have the skills to step up to the plate? We've compiled the most confounding and involved issues you're likely to encounter in your practice and put our attorney faculty to the task of demonstrating how to successfully tackle them. Gain from their collective experience - enroll today and sharpen your professional edge!
Explore the most difficult areas of family law practice and get solutions from seasoned attorney faculty.
Protect the rights of cohabitating couples and clarify the boundaries of such protection in the eyes of the law.
Get the latest updates on paternity law in recent court decisions.
Protect the victim: stop effects of domestic violence from upsetting the balance of power in divorce proceedings.
Effectively dispute false allegations of abuse to help your client fight for custody.
Obtain the best settlement for your client by conquering the division of complex assets.
Suspect the opposing spouse is hiding assets? Learn how to track them down and include them in the settlement.
Get tips on effectively arguing for and against contempt orders.
Get new tactics for enforcement, modification and termination of child support and spousal maintenance.
Make the best use of forensic accountants and valuation experts to ensure all assets are on deck at the time of settlement.
Safeguard clients from allegations of financial misconduct with timely advice on the consequences of their spending.
Non-Traditional Family Structures and Paternity Disputes
Continuing Legal Education ME CLE
- 6.50Approval Exp. 12/2/2023
This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course may receive up to 6.50 hours of self-study CLE credit. No more than 5.0 hours of self-study CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period. Attorneys may not earn ethics or harassment and discrimination credit with self-study.
VANESSA A. BARTLETT is a sole practitioner with offices in Brunswick and Portland, Maine. She graduated from Southern New Hampshire University and University of Maine School of Law. Ms. Bartlett practices in the area of family law. She received her paralegal certificate from Mid-State College in Auburn, Maine. She is a member of the Maine State Bar Association.
JONATHAN M. DUNITZ is counsel with the Portland, Maine law firm, Verill Dana LLP, where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation, family law and appellate advocacy. He has lectured for the Maine State Bar Association on shareholder oppression litigation, business interruption insurance coverage and the art of legal writing, for Business Valuation Resources on various lost profits damages issues, including exclusion of financial damages experts, discovery, spoliation and the context of lost profits damages claims, as well as for National Business Institute on advanced legal writing for paralegals. Mr. Dunitz is the co-editor for the upcoming 2013 edition of The Comprehensive Guide to Lost Profits and Other Commercial Damages, published by Business Valuation Resources. Mr. Dunitz earned his Bachelor of Arts in history, with a minor in music from Ithaca College and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maine State Bar Association, the Cumberland County Bar Association and Defense Research Institute.
JAMES C. MUNCH III is an attorney with Vafiades, Brountas & Kominsky in Bangor. His areas of practice include bankruptcy, divorce and family law, commercial litigation, collection matters, and educational law. He is admitted to the Penobscot Tribal Court, United States District Court and the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals and is a member of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the Penobscot, Maine State, and American bar associations. Mr. Munch received his B.A. degree, with honors, from Brown University, his M.A. degree from New York University and earned his J.D. degree from University of Maine School of Law.
STEPHEN C. SMITH is an attorney with Steve Smith Trial Lawyers. He has been a trial lawyer for 20 years with a statewide practice in criminal defense, personal injury and family law. Mr. Smith brings a businesslike approach to his litigation practice. He assists clients in divorce and custody cases, homicides, sex crimes, domestic violence, abuse and drug-related charges. Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and federal and state courts, he has also been a longtime member of the Bar of the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Tribal Courts and once acted as the Penobscot Tribe's child protective attorney general. Mr. Smith is a member of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Maine State Bar Association, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Maine, University of Kharkov in Kharkov, Ukraine and his J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
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