Audio CD + Course Book

Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

May, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • FL CLE - 14.50
From Event: Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law, held May 2018.

Program Description

Are you using every tool you can to navigate through challenging and complex family law cases? Go beyond the basics with this detailed legal guide to get you up to speed on the latest family court procedures and give you the skills to tackle the toughest areas of family law. Take your skills to the next level - order today!

Course Content


  1. Advanced Discovery and Evidence in Divorce
  2. Ethics in Family Law
  3. Complex Assets: Valuation and Division
  4. Tax Issues in Divorce
  5. Mental Health Issues in Family Court - Do I Need/Want an Evaluation?


  1. Family Court Procedures
  2. UIFSA and Complex Child Support Issues Update on Governing Laws, Regulations and Cases
  3. Thorny Custody Issues
  4. Unmarried Couples/Domestic Partnerships/Same-Sex Marriage
  5. Adoption Issues

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 14.50 FL - Credit Approval Expiration 11/17/2019 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered


  1. Advanced Discovery and Evidence in Divorce
    9:00 - 10:30, Cynthia J. Dienstag
    1. E-Discovery
      1. Home and Work Computers (E-Mail Chains, Deleted Files)
      2. Smartphones and Tablets
      3. Social Media
    2. Tracking Down Hidden Assets and Income
      1. Major Sources of Information
      2. Reading Tax Returns
      3. Evidence of Under the Table Income
    3. Discovery Abuses and Remedies
    4. Depositions
    5. Preparing Effective Sworn Financial Statements
  2. Ethics in Family Law
    10:45 - 11:45, Cynthia J. Dienstag
    1. Rules of Professional Conduct
    2. Conflicts of Interest in Family Law
    3. Managing Client Expectations
    4. Guarding Confidentiality and Privilege
    5. Handling Client Conflicts and Preventing Grievances
  3. Complex Assets: Valuation and Division
    12:45 - 2:00, Michael S. Elmaleh
    1. Commingling of Personal and Marital Property
    2. Business Valuation Methods
    3. Commingling of Business and Personal Assets
    4. Gradual Buy-Out Considerations
    5. Dividing Retirement Assets - Best Use of QDROs
    6. Dividing Trusts in Divorce
    7. When and How to Use Experts
    8. The Effect of Bankruptcy on Divorce
  4. Tax Issues in Divorce
    2:15 - 3:15, Michael S. Elmaleh
    1. Tax Considerations in Sale of Assets
    2. Tax Returns for the Year of Divorce
    3. Liability for Prior Tax Returns
    4. Dependency Exemptions
    5. Income Tax and Spousal Support
  5. Mental Health Issues in Family Court - Do I Need/Want an Evaluation?
    3:15 - 4:30, Dr. Jerome H. Poliacoff
    1. Grounds for a Social Investigation or Psychological Evaluation
    2. The "Reasonable Psychologist" Statute
    3. Standards for Evaluations
    4. The Court Order and the Evaluation Process
    5. Obtaining and Releasing Records


  1. Family Court Procedures
    9:00 - 10:15, Arturo R. Alfonso
    1. The Role of Judges and Advocates in Family Law
    2. Common Mistakes Lawyers Need to Stop Making
    3. The Role of a Temporary Hearing in Divorce
    4. Best Practices for Writing and Submitting Briefs, Motions, Pleadings
    5. Effective Communication With the Court
    6. How to Present Your Case at the Hearing
    7. Post-Judgment Enforcement and Modifications
  2. UIFSA and Complex Child Support Issues Update on Governing Laws, Regulations and Cases
    10:30 - 11:45, Arturo R. Alfonso
    1. UIFSA Challenges - Examining Hypotheticals
    2. Hints and Tips for the Child Support Worksheet
    3. Defining Income - Gross vs. Net, Second Jobs, Bonuses, Imputing Income, etc.
    4. Child Support Calculations - Top Mistakes Attorneys Make
    5. Reading Complex Earning Statements (Military, Teachers, etc. - With Examples)
    6. How to Modify Child Support Obligations - Step-by-Step
  3. Thorny Custody Issues
    12:45 - 2:00, Scott J. Brook
    1. What Information the Adjudicators Need to Make the Decision
    2. Major Determining Factors
    3. Creative Custody Arrangements
    4. Allegations of Abuse/Violence
    5. Orders of Protection
    6. Child Testimony
    7. Relocation
  4. Unmarried Couples/Domestic Partnerships/Same-Sex Marriage
    2:00 - 3:15, Scott J. Brook
    1. The Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
    2. Co-Habitation Agreements
    3. Common Law Divorce
    4. Tax Issues
    5. Custody
    6. Cross-State Issues
  5. Adoption Issues
    3:30 - 4:30, Elizabeth R. Berkowitz
    1. Third Party Parenting Rights
      1. Grandparents
      2. Stepparents
      3. Psychological Parents (in loco parentis)
      4. Paternity Tests and Fathers' Rights

ARTURO R. ALFONSO is a sole practitioner in Miami. His areas of practice include matrimonial law, real estate law, personal injury litigation, collections, civil litigation, construction law, bankruptcy, and commercial law. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Miami and his J.D. degree from Nova School of Law. Mr. Alfonso is a member of the Dade County Bar Association (Family Court Committee), the American Bar Association, the Cuban-American Bar Association, and The Florida Bar.

ELIZABETH R. BERKOWITZ is an attorney with an extensive and exclusive practice in the area of adoption law, based in Palm Beach County, Florida. Ms. Berkowitz is a member of the Florida Adoption Council. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Adoption Council as the treasurer. Ms. Berkowitz is head of the Mentoring Committee for adoption professionals and is a member of the Grievance Committee. Her memberships include the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Cuban Bar Association, Florida Association of Woman Lawyers and The Federalist Society. She is certified as a guardian ad litem and as a justice teacher for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. Ms. Berkowitz was admitted to the Federal Bar which allows her to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her practice is dedicated to the adoption of children of all ages. She provides representation in step-parent and relative adoptions as well. She provides representation in state intervention cases where a birth parents' rights have not been yet terminated by the state. She has been honored to be the keynote speaker at several hospitals, pregnancy clinics, health departments and organizations. Ms. Berkowitz earned her B.A. degree from James Madison Honors College. She earned her J.D. degree from St. Thomas University School of Law.

SCOTT J. BROOK is an attorney with Brodzki, Jacobs and Associates, P.L., where he focuses his work on family law and immigration matters. He has practiced family law for more than a dozen years and had his own successful firm before moving to Brodzki, Jacobs and Associates, P.L. Mr. Brook has contributed to his community in various ways, including acting as the mayor of Coral Springs and as a city commissioner. He is a member of The Florida Bar and has successfully practiced before the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Brook received his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Tulane University and his J.D. degree from the University of Miami.

CYNTHIA J. DIENSTAG has focused her practice on marital and family law since 1989, and expanded her specialization to include domestic partnership matters. Ms. Dienstag is a Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator, Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, listed among Who's Who in American Law 1998-1999 edition and Who's Who of American Women 2006-2007 edition, chosen by Florida Trend Magazine as one of the Florida Legal Elite since 2006, Florida's Super Lawyers 2007 with the Miami Herald, named Nation's Top One Percent 2015 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, honoree 2015 Leave a Legacy's 17th Annual "Donor Next Door" by the University of Miami, and frequent lecturer on complex areas of marital and family law. She earned her A.A. degree from Florida State University, her B.S. degree from Florida International University, and her J.D. degree from the University of Miami, School of Law. Her memberships include Honorary Society of First Family Law Inns of Court, Florida; and Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade County bar associations, Family Law sections (former chair). Ms. Dienstag is admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States. Her appearances include Court TV Live Radio, Fox "The Live Desk," "The O'Reilly Factor," and "Catherine Crier Live."

MICHAEL S. ELMALEH is the author of Enterprise Goodwill in Small Service Businesses: Negotiating a Fair Price and Financial Accounting: a Mercifully Brief Introduction. Mr. Elmaleh has served as an adjunct instructor at universities and colleges in Wisconsin and Maryland, teaching accounting, mathematics, statistics and economics. He has lectured for continuing legal education courses on business valuation topics. Mr. Elmaleh has published several peer reviewed articles on valuation theory and serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis. He has testified as an expert witness in Wisconsin and Maryland courts. Mr. Elmaleh operates a practice specializing in the appraisal of closely held firms in Miami. He has graduate degrees in accounting and philosophy and an undergraduate degree in psychology.

DR. JEROME H. POLIACOFF is a child, adolescent and adult psychologist licensed in the state of Florida since 1984. His training included pre and post-doctoral internships and training at the Children’s Psychiatric Centers in Miami, Florida. He has been a staff consultant to the Northwest Dade Community Mental Health Center where he conducted the pre-doctoral internship training in child assessment; and on the staff of Charter Hospital of Miami where he served as co-director of an adult inpatient unit. He is a frequent consulting and testifying expert in both family and dependency courts in Florida’s Eleventh, Fifteenth, and Seventeenth Judicial Circuits; an expert in cases involving discrimination and harassment claims in Federal employment law cases; an expert in the assessment and defense of tort claims for emotional damages in cases involving children, adolescents and adults; and he serves as a Level III third party review expert of pediatric patient insurance appeals for National Medical Review of Pennsylvania. Dr. Poliacoff has presented as a lecturer before numerous legal audiences and has had articles published in bar journals on various topics, including "Alternative Approaches to Litigation," "Examining the Premise of Equal Timesharing," "Psychologists' Dual Role Conflicts," "Mental Examinations in Federal Employment Litigation," "Parental Alienation: Frye v. Gardner in Florida Courts," and "What Does Love Have to Do With It? The Psychology of Prenuptial Agreements." Dr. Poliacoff maintains a private practice in Coral Gables, Boca Raton, Florida where his time is spent providing both clinical and forensic services. He earned his undergraduate degree from the City University of New York, and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Miami, Coral Gables.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

FL CLE: 14.50 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00, Marital and Family Law: 14.50
Approved by The Florida Bar, this program may qualify for up to 14.5 general hours of CLER self-study credit including 1.0 hour of self-study ethics credit. Certification: 14.5 hours - Marital and Family Law.

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