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Advanced Family Law



Friday, March 09, 2018


8:30 AM - 4:40 PM

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Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn

2511 1st Avenue North

Billings, MT 59101


$339 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • MT CLE - 6.50


  • Social Worker - 6.50

Program Description

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.
  • Help clients think ahead: find out how divorce affects estate plans and what new provisions must be made.
  • Safeguard clients from allegations of financial misconduct with timely advice on the consequences of their spending.
  • Understand the unique nuances that arise when helping military clients through a divorce.

Who Should Attend

This advanced level program will benefit:

  • Attorneys
  • Paralegals
  • Guardians Ad Litem and Other Child Representatives
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors

Course Content

  1. Non-Traditional Family Structures and Paternity Disputes
  2. Navigating Complex Asset Cases
  3. Effectively Arguing Contempt Issues
  4. Advanced Child and Spousal Support Issues
  5. Special Issues in Military Divorce
  6. Death and Divorce - Estate Planning Considerations
  7. Ethics
  8. Violence in the Home

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.50 *

Social Worker – Social Worker: 6.50

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    8:30 - 9:30, Written and presented by Brenda L. Wahler in Billings and Missoula.
    1. Cohabitating Couples/Domestic Partnerships
    2. Grandparent Rights
    3. Guardianships
    4. Emancipation of Minors
    5. Current Paternity Case Law
    6. Paternity Fraud
    7. Paternal Rights
    8. Update on Paternity Affidavits
    9:30 - 10:15, Written by Evonne S. Wells. Presented by Jennifer Wendt Bordy in Billings and Evonne S. Wells in Missoula.
    1. Commingled Separate and Community Assets
    2. Vacation Homes or Investment Real Estate Interests
    3. Family Business Assets
    4. Interests in Closely Held Corporations
    5. Stock Option Compensation
    6. Complex Retirement Plans
    7. Financial Misconduct
    8. Spotting Hidden Assets
    9. Using Forensic Accountants and Business Valuation Experts
    10. Enforceability of Prenuptial Agreements
    10:30 - 11:15, Written and presented by Jennifer Wendt Bordy in Billings and Missoula.
    11;15 - 12:00 Written and Presented by Jennifer Wendt Bordy in Billings and Missoula.
    1. Arguing Spousal Maintenance: What Works and What Doesn't
    2. Voluntary Impoverishment
    3. Enforcement Options
    4. Support Modification Procedures and Tactics
    5. Support Termination: When and How
    6. Case Law Update
    1:00 - 1:45, Written by Joan E. Cook. Presented by Brenda L. Wahler in Billings and Joan E. Cook in Missoula.
    1. Statutory Changes and Current Case Law
    2. Rules of Practice and Procedure for Family Court
    3. Parenting Issues
    4. Child Support
    5. Military Pension, Retirement and Benefits
    6. Survivor Benefit Plan for Retired Military Personnel
    7. Military Reservists' Retirement Benefits
    8. Survivorship and Military Disability Benefits
    9. Continued Health Care
    10. Contempt
    1:45 - 2:45, Written by Evonne S. Wells. Presented by Brenda L. Wahler in Billings and Evonne S. Wells in Missoula.
    1. Default Inheritance Laws
    2. Medical Decisions
    3. Changing Retirement Plan and Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations
    4. Updating Estate Planning Documents
    5. Planning for Disabled Dependents
    3:00 - 4:00, Written by Jennifer Wendt Bordy and Brenda L. Wahler. Presented by Jennifer Wendt Bordy in Billings and Brenda L. Wahler in Missoula.
    1. Client/Lawyer Relationship
    2. Researching and Preventing Conflicts of Interest
    3. Communication With Adverse Party
    4. When Your Client is Dishonest or Abusive
    5. Attorneys' Fees
    6. Handling an Ethics Complaint/Grievance
    4:00 - 4:40, Written and presented by Brenda L. Wahler in Billings and Missoula.
    1. Restraining Order vs. Protective Order
    2. Disputing False Allegations
    3. Adult Protective Services
    4. Child Protective Services
    5. Child Abduction
    6. TROs Post-Dissolution

JENNIFER WENDT BORDY is in private practice. She focuses her practice on criminal defense, family law and other civil litigation. She served as the first chief public defender for the Gallatin County courts. Ms. Wendt Bordy won the Am Jur Book Award for evidence and has focused on and loved the topic ever since. She earned her B.S. degree from the University of Montana and her J.D. degree from the University of Montana School of Law. Ms. Wendt Bordy clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert Holmstrom in Billings before becoming a deputy Gallatin County attorney. She is now mostly retired from practicing law although she maintains an active license with the State Bar of Montana. (Billings and Missoula locations)

JOAN E. COOK is an attorney in Missoula with the Law Office of Joan E. Cook. She has practiced for more than 32 years and focuses her practice in family law. Ms. Cook is a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Montana. She is licensed to practice in Montana and before the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Cook earned her B.S. degree from the University of Santa Clara in California and her J.D. degree from Lincoln University School of Law in San Francisco. (Missoula location)

BRENDA L. WAHLER is a solo practitioner and mediator in Helena specializing in family law, dependent neglect cases, and related issues. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Wahler was legal counsel for the Child and Family Services Division of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and for the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. She has taught undergraduate college courses on legal topics, U.S. history, and American government, as well as having presented CLEs on family law and legal issues regarding abused and neglected youth. She earned her law degree from the University of Montana following a career as a high school teacher, which included experience teaching youth within the juvenile corrections system. She is a past president of the First Judicial District Bar Association, and chair of the Law-Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Montana. Ms. Wahler served as state director of the YMCA Youth and Government program for nine years, and was a volunteer for Lewis and Clark County's Community Youth Justice Program, using restorative justice principles to divert young people from the criminal justice system. (Billings and Missoula locations)

EVONNE S. WELLS is a shareholder in the Missoula law firm of Wells & McKittrick, P.C., where she focuses her practice in family law, real estate, business and estates. Ms. Wells earned her B.S. degree in business administration and management from the University of Montana and her J.D. degree from the University of Montana School of Law. She is teaching family law at Blewitt School of Law, University of Montana. Ms. Wells is a member of the State Bar of Montana, the Western Montana Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Counsel for Children. (Missoula location)

Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.

Additionally, our team of credit specialists are here to answer your specific credit-related questions weekdays 7am - 5pm Central:

Phone: 866-240-1890


Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

MT CLE: 6.50 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
Approved for 6.5 hours of CLE credit by the Montana Commission on Continuing Legal Education, including 1.0 hour of ethics.

Social Worker

MT SW: 6.50 Pending Credit Approval
This program has been submitted to the Montana Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors.

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