Live Seminar

Divorce Cases from Start to Finish



2 Day Seminar
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 -
Thursday, June 07, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Four Points by Sheraton Lexington

1938 Stanton Way

Lexington, KY 40511


$565 / Each Additional

$555 / New Professional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • KY CLE - 12.00

Program Description

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.
  • Gain valuable insight on custody, support and division of assets.
  • Review crucial exemption and deduction considerations to factor in through the divorce process.
  • Examine the fundamental issues that need to be addressed post-divorce.

Who Should Attend

This basic level program is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit.

Course Content


  1. Kentucky Divorce Law Fundamentals
  2. Initial Steps in Filing
  3. Client Intake
  4. Essential Discovery Tools in Divorce
  5. Examining Financials: What to Look For
  6. Custody and Visitation Considerations
  7. Child Support: Guidelines and Calculations
  8. Spousal Support/Maintenance


  1. Family Law Insights: Custody, Support, Asset Division and More
  2. Division and Valuation of Assets and Debt
  3. Tax Considerations in Divorce
  4. Ethical Considerations in Divorce
  5. Tips for Mediation/Arbitration in Divorce Cases
  6. Marital Settlement Agreements: Pitfalls, Drafting Tips and More
  7. Post-Divorce Considerations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 12.00 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered


  1. Kentucky Divorce Law Fundamentals
    9:00 - 9:45, Sheila M. Donovan
    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. Initial Steps in Filing
    9:45 - 10:30, Sheila M. Donovan
    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
  3. Client Intake
    10:45 - 11:30, Jennifer McVay Martin
    1. Gathering Critical Details and Documents
    2. Advising Client on Their Options
    3. Customization of the Intake Form
    4. Sample Checklists
  4. Essential Discovery Tools in Divorce
    11:30 - 12:15, Thomas E. Banks II
    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 - 2:00, Thomas E. Banks II
    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
    2:00 - 2:45, Jennifer McVay Martin
    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
    3:00 - 3:45, Jennifer McVay Martin
    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
    3:45 - 4:30, Ashley Larmour
    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


  1. Family Law Insights: Custody, Support, Asset Division and More
    9:00 - 9:45, Ashley Larmour
  2. Division and Valuation of Assets and Debt
    10:00 - 10:50, Melissa D. DeArk
  3. Tax Considerations in Divorce
    10:50 - 11:50, Melissa D. DeArk
    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
  4. Ethical Considerations in Divorce
    12:50 - 1:50, Lauren R. Brooke
    1. Client Communication
    2. Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
    3. Mishandling Funds from the Divorce Settlement
    4. Addressing Attorney's Fees to Avoid Disputes
  5. Tips for Mediation/Arbitration in Divorce Cases
    1:50 - 2:40, Lauren R. Brooke
  6. Marital Settlement Agreements: Pitfalls, Drafting Tips and More
    2:55 - 3:45, Sheila M. Donovan
  7. Post-Divorce Considerations
    3:45 - 4:30, Sheila M. Donovan
    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

THOMAS E. BANKS II is a partner with Pregliasco Straw-Boone Doheny Banks & Bowman PLLC, in Louisville, Kentucky. He solely practices family law litigation. Mr. Banks is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana State and American bar associations; and he is the current chair of the Family Law Section of the Louisville Bar. Mr. Banks is designated nationally as a Super Lawyer and locally by Louisville Magazine as a Top Lawyer in the field of domestic relations. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Louisville in accounting, his pre-law certificate from Cornell University, and his J.D. degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. Mr. Banks is a regular speaker for National Business Institute and throughout both Kentucky and Indiana on all issues pertaining to domestic relations, trial practice and civil procedure.

LAUREN R. BROOKE is a sole practitioner in Lexington, where she practices in the areas of family law, contracts, criminal defense, business law, lease agreements, landlord/tenant law and wills. She is admitted to practice in Kentucky, and is a member of the Kentucky and Fayette County bar associations. Ms. Brooke earned her B.S. degree from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her J.D. degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. She is involved in many charitable organizations, including Wills for Heroes Clinic-Lexington; Featured Speakers Panel: Arcadian Cove Nursing Home, “Why a Will”?, June 2013; and National Business Institute, “Ethics, QDROS and Tax Issues in Divorce”, June, 2013, March 2014, 2015 and 2017; Pro Bono and Mentoring Program, Fayette County Bar Association; Philanthropy Committee, Ladies Leads Group; Board of Directors and Governance Committee Member, Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center; and the Dress for Success Executive Committee.

MELISSA D. DeARK is an associate director with Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC (litigation support and business valuation group). Prior to joining the firm, she was a controller and chief financial officer for more than 16 years with full responsibility for all financial, administrative and human resource functions for multi-million dollar organizations. Ms. DeArk specializes in helping attorneys and their clients understand the financial and tax issues specific to the divorce process through a variety of services, including disposable income and cash flow analysis, forensic accounting services, preparation of marital estate balance sheet, marital and non-marital tracing, alimony calculations, business valuation, and expert witness testimony. She performs business valuation in a variety of contexts, including estate, gift, and income tax planning and reporting; marital dissolutions; shareholder transactions; and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. DeArk has valued a variety of retail establishments, service businesses, and holding companies owning real estate, marketable securities, closely-held stock, and other assets in the following industries: manufacturing, healthcare, and wholesale distribution. She is a certified public accountant and financial forensics for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a certified forensic financial analyst for the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Ms. DeArk earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Bellarmine University and her M.A. degree from Indiana University.

SHEILA M. DONOVAN is an attorney with Clark Law Office, Inc., in Lexington, Kentucky, where her areas of practice include all aspects of family law (including adoption, custody, child support, divorce, termination of parental rights, paternity and post-divorce issues) as well as estate administration, probate/probate litigation. She is a certified mediator and mediates all of those types of cases. She has lectured previously both locally and nationally for National Business Institute on topics of divorce and trial preparation of divorce cases. She has also completed collaborative law training. Ms. Donovan is a member of the Fayette County and Kentucky bar associations. She is the past chair of the KBA Family Law Section. Ms. Donovan earned her A.B. degree from Smith College, her J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky, and attended the Family Law Advocacy Institute.

ASHLEY LARMOUR is an attorney with Larmour Law Office PSC, located in Georgetown, Kentucky. She focuses her practice in the areas of divorce and family law, guardianships and conservatorships, juvenile law, probate, criminal defense, wills, personal injury, as well as civil litigation and Casey’s law. She is admitted to the Kentucky State Bar, Eastern Division of the U.S. District Court, and the Eastern Division of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Ms. Larmour is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association; as well as the Fayette County, Franklin County, and Woodford County bar associations. She is a Kentucky guardian ad litem, Kentucky advanced guardian ad litem, and a state certified family mediator. Ms. Larmour received her B.A. degree from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. She then earned her J.D. degree from Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio.

JENNIFER McVAY MARTIN is a partner with McVay Martin Shepard, PSC, where she practices in the areas of family law, real estate, estate planning/probate and general civil litigation. Ms. McVay Martin is a member of the Kentucky Justice Association (KATA), the Domestic Relations Law Practice Section (past-chair), the Kentucky and Fayette County bar associations (past chair, Domestic Relations Section), the Central Kentucky Lawyer Referral Program, and the Lexington Board of Realtors (realtor member and licensed real estate broker). She earned her Bachelor of Business Management degree from the University of Kentucky and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Ms. McVay Martin is licensed in Kentucky, Arkansas and Florida.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

KY CLE: 12.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This activity has been approved by the Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 12.0 credits, of which 1.0 hour relates to ethical considerations.

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