Audio CD + Course Book

Family Law From Start to Finish

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

Product ID#:

77498CDRA

Audio + Course Book

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Continuing education credit
is not available on this program.


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From Event: Family Law From Start to Finish, held December 2017.

Program Description

This insightful guide will provide you with procedural guidance, how-to's, 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 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 - order today!

Course Content

DAY 1

  1. Client Intake: Divorce, Unmarried Couples, etc.
  2. Prenuptial Agreements: Key Clauses and Considerations
  3. Divorce Procedures, Initial Steps and Preliminary Orders
  4. Discovery in Divorce: Tax Returns, Social Media and More
  5. Calculating Child Support and Alimony
  6. The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property

DAY 2

  1. Valuing and Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce
  2. Tax Primer for Family Law Attorneys
  3. Child Custody, Parenting Plans and Paternity Actions
  4. Settlement Negotiation, Trial Strategies and Drafting Final Orders
  5. Enforcing the Judgment and Contempt Proceedings
  6. Ethical Considerations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
For additional questions regarding continuing education credits please contact us at 866-240-1890 or credit@nbi-sems.com.

Agenda / Content Covered

DAY 1

  1. Client Intake: Divorce, Unmarried Couples, etc.
    9:00 - 10:00, Virginia Miller
  2. Prenuptial Agreements: Key Clauses and Considerations
    10:15 - 11:15, Virginia Miller
  3. Divorce Procedures, Initial Steps and Preliminary Orders
    11:15 - 12:15, Virginia Miller
    1. Annulment vs. Separation vs. Divorce
    2. Advising Clients About ADR Options
    3. Jurisdictional Considerations, Case Filing and Service of Process
    4. Case Information Statements
    5. Emergency and Preliminary/Temporary Orders
    6. Procedural Rule Pitfalls to be Aware of
  4. Discovery in Divorce: Tax Returns, Social Media and More
    1:15 - 2:15, Lana K. Hawkins
    1. Discovery Timing and Extensiveness
    2. Effective Use of Interrogatories, Requests for Production, Requests for Admission, etc. (with Samples)
    3. How to Respond to Interrogatories and Requests for Documents
    4. Reading Complex Tax Forms
    5. E-Discovery Tips (with Sample Subpoenas)
    6. How to Authenticate and Admit Electronic Evidence
    7. Social Media's Impact on Litigation
    8. When and How to Use Discovery Motions (with Samples)
  5. Calculating Child Support and Alimony
    2:15 - 3:15, Lana K. Hawkins
    1. Child Support Guidelines and Calculations
    2. Interfacing with Child Support Agencies
    3. Alimony/Spousal Support Guidelines
    4. Actual Earnings vs. Earning Capacity, Overtime, Bonuses, etc.
    5. How to Modify Child and Spousal Support
  6. Settlement Negotiation, Trial Strategies and Drafting Final Orders
    3:30 - 4:30, Lisa L. Woods
    1. Best Arguments to Make in Negotiations
    2. Preparing for and Going to Mediation
    3. Hearings and Trial: What to Expect and How to Prepare
    4. Direct and Cross Examination in Divorce
    5. Drafting Final Orders

DAY 2

  1. The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property
    9:00 - 10:00, Daniel H. Chambers
    1. Marital vs. Non-Marital Assets
    2. Dividing Real Estate
    3. Business Assets and Interests in Closely Held Entities
    4. Employee Benefits, Stock Options and Executive Compensation Plans
    5. Other Sources of Assets
    6. Dividing Debt Between Spouses
    7. Bankruptcy's Impact on Divorce
    8. When and How to Use Financial Experts
  2. Valuing and Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce
    10:15 - 11:15, Daniel H. Chambers
    1. Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
    2. Retirement and Benefits for State Workers and Teachers
    3. Military Retired Pay
    4. Federal Employees Retirement System and Civil Service Retirement System
    5. Railroad Retirement System
    6. IRAs
  3. Tax Primer for Family Law Attorneys
    11:15 - 12:15, Daniel H. Chambers
    1. Filing Status of Divorcing Parties
    2. Tax on Sale/Transfer of Assets
    3. Spousal Support Taxation
    4. Child Tax Benefits
  4. Child Custody, Parenting Plans and Paternity Actions
    1:15 - 2:15, Austin Burdick
    1. Custody Options, Procedures and Forms
    2. Sole Custody vs. Shared Parenting
    3. Custody Evaluations
    4. Third Party Visitation Rights
    5. Relocation Requests
    6. How to Modify Custody and Visitation Orders
    7. Paternity Actions
    8. Drafting Parenting Plans
  5. Enforcing the Judgment and Contempt Proceedings
    2:15 - 3:15, Gwendolyn Thomas Kennedy
    1. Bringing Contempt Issues to Court
    2. Child Support Enforcement
    3. Custody/Visitation Order Violations
    4. Violations of Restraining Orders
    5. Forcing the Other Party to Deliver Property
  6. Ethical Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, Gwendolyn Thomas Kennedy
    1. Recouping Attorneys' Fees
    2. Preventing Burnout
    3. Client Communications and Managing Expectations
    4. Client's Best Interests vs. the Child's Best Interests

AUSTIN BURDICK is an experienced attorney with The Burdick Law firm. Mr. Burdick is recognized by his peers as an outstanding constitutional law, and family law attorney, having represented family law clients at the trial court, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court. He is also an experienced criminal defense lawyer, having represented clients facing everything from a life sentence to traffic fines. Mr. Burdick is a trained civil and domestic relations mediator and has experience with issues involving uncontested divorce, contested divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, child support, and criminal defense. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar and is licensed to practice in federal district courts in Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Burdick is also a member of the Alabama Law Institute Standing Committee on Family Law, which helps the legislature prepare new proposed laws in the area of family law. He is committed to parents' rights to the care and custody of their children and is a member of the National Parents Organization's Alabama Executive Committee. Mr. Burdick frequently lectures and instructs on family law issues at continuing legal education seminars and other organized events. Mr. Burdick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Montevallo, where he studied history. He then attended the Birmingham School of Law and graduated in the top third of his class. While attending law school, Mr. Burdick worked for Merrill Legal Solutions where he gained valuable courtroom and deposition experience as a trial consultant. As a trial consultant, he consulted on high profile cases including Richard Scrushy v. HealthSouth.

DANIEL H. CHAMBERS is the owner of the law firm of Daniel H. Chambers Attorney at Law, PC. His main areas of practice are domestic and family law. Mr. Chambers is a member of the Alabama State Bar and is licensed to practice in the state of Alabama. He received his B.S. degree from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee and his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law.

LANA K. HAWKINS, owner of The Hawkins Law Firm, assists clients in central and northern Alabama in a range of practice areas, including family law, estate planning, probate law proceedings, business and corporate law, and litigation and appeals. Before returning to live and practice in her hometown of Arab, Alabama in 2004, Ms. Hawkins practiced in Birmingham, Alabama; Palo Alto, California; and Washington, D.C. She earned her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Central Florida and her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar (member, Family Law, Estates and Trusts, Business Law, Litigation, Appellate, and Elder Law sections) and the District of Columbia Bar (inactive). Ms. Hawkins regularly writes and speaks on various legal topics related to her areas of practice.

GWENDOLYN THOMAS KENNEDY is a seasoned litigator with more than 25 years of trial experience in the areas of divorce, custody, domestic violence, adoption and child support, with an emphasis on the rights of military spouses. She is the senior attorney of the Kennedy Law Group, LLC, which handles civil, criminal, administrative and appellate cases. Ms. Thomas Kennedy has been appointed guardian ad litem for many cases involving the custodial placement of minors and continues to focus her efforts on the improvement of services for children. During the last two decades, she has been a television and radio talk show host with shows which simulcast to more than forty of Alabama’s sixty-seven counties. Ms. Thomas Kennedy has also served the community in various mediums which include motivational speaking in the public and private schools. She is a prolific trainer in many areas of the law and has been the speaker for many government agencies, including the Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama State University, the Small Business Development Center and various courses approved for CLE credit by the Alabama State Bar. Ms. Thomas Kennedy has served as a prosecutor for the state of Alabama, as well as the town of Hayneville, Alabama, and was appointed temporary probate judge for civil commitments for the mentally ill in Montgomery County. She also protects the intellectual property of many civil rights icons which include the late Rosa L. Parks and Mrs. Althea Thomas, organist to Dr. Martin Luther King. Ms. Thomas Kennedy is a graduate of the American University and of Howard University School of Law, both in Washington, D.C.

VIRGINIA MILLER is a partner with Sexton/Miller L.L.C., where she focuses her practice on divorce, adoptions, post divorce, and child support custody. She is admitted to practice in Alabama and Georgia. Ms. Miller is a registered mediator in Alabama and is a volunteer mediator for the Jefferson County, Alabama Domestic Relations Court and the Jefferson County, Alabama District Civil Court. She is a frequent lecturer. Ms. Miller's memberships and affiliations include the Birmingham Collaborative Alliance, Birmingham Bar Association, Global Collaborative Law Council, and the Alabama Supreme Court Collaborative Law Rules of Procedure Committee. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Georgia and her J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law.

LISA L. WOODS is the principal of Lisa L. Woods Attorney at Law in Birmingham. Since 1989, she has focused her practice on domestic relations law, matrimonial law, and family law. Ms. Woods is a member of the Birmingham and American (member, Family Law Section) bar associations, the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the past four years. Ms. Woods earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College and her J.D. degree from the University of Alabama.

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