Audio CD + Course Book

Family Law From Start to Finish

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

Product ID#:

77540CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CO CLE - 14.00
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. The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property
  3. Divorce Procedures, Initial Steps and Preliminary Orders
  4. Discovery in Divorce: Tax Returns, Social Media and More
  5. Prenuptial Agreements: Key Clauses and Considerations
  6. Valuing and Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce

DAY 2

  1. Tax Primer for Family Law Attorneys
  2. Child Custody, Parenting Plans and Paternity Actions
  3. Calculating Child Support and Alimony
  4. Settlement Negotiation, Trial Strategies and Drafting Final Orders
  5. Enforcing the Judgment and Contempt Proceedings
  6. Ethical Considerations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 14.00 CO - Credit Approval Expiration 12/14/2019 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

DAY 1

  1. Client Intake: Divorce, Unmarried Couples, etc.
    9:00 - 10:00, Suzanne Griffiths and Eliza R. Steinberg
  2. The Mechanics of Valuing and Dividing Marital Property
    10:00 - 11:00, Jersey M. Green
    1. Dividing Real Estate
    2. Business Assets and Interests in Closely Held Entities
    3. Employee Benefits, Stock Options and Executive Compensation Plans
    4. Other Sources of Assets
    5. Dividing Debt Between Spouses
    6. Bankruptcy's Impact on Divorce
    7. When and How to Use Financial Experts
  3. Divorce Procedures, Initial Steps and Preliminary Orders
    11:15 - 12:15, Jennifer C. Alldredge
    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, Suzanne Griffiths and Eliza R. Steinberg
    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. Prenuptial Agreements: Key Clauses and Considerations
    2:15 - 3:15, Paul G. Urtz
  6. Valuing and Dividing Retirement Assets in Divorce
    3:30 - 4:30, Paul G. Urtz
    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

DAY 2

  1. Tax Primer for Family Law Attorneys
    9:00 - 10:00, Marc J. Kaplan
    1. Filing Status of Divorcing Parties
    2. Tax on Sale/Transfer of Assets
    3. Spousal Support Taxation
    4. Child Tax Benefits
  2. Child Custody, Parenting Plans and Paternity Actions
    10:00 - 11:00, Suzanne Griffiths and Eliza R. Steinberg
    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
  3. Calculating Child Support and Alimony
    11:15 - 12:15, Jennifer I. Holt
    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
  4. Settlement Negotiation, Trial Strategies and Drafting Final Orders
    1:15 - 2:30, Jersey M. Green
    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
  5. Enforcing the Judgment and Contempt Proceedings
    2:45 - 3:30, Jennifer I. Holt
    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, Suzanne Griffiths and Eliza R. Steinberg
    1. Recouping Attorneys' Fees
    2. Preventing Burnout
    3. Client Communications and Managing Expectations
    4. Client's Best Interests vs. the Child's Best Interests

JENNIFER C. ALLDREDGE is an attorney with the law firm of Robinson Waters & O'Dorisio, P.C., in Denver. Ms. Alldredge practices in all areas of domestic relations including dissolution of marriage, legal separation, paternity actions, adoption, child support, same-sex divorce, contempt, collaborative law, drafting and reviewing marital agreements, high conflict matters, high asset cases, modifications of orders and agreements, and mediation and arbitration in domestic relations matters. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Florida and her J.D. degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Ms. Alldredge has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been listed as a Colorado Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine®. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Colorado and Denver bar associations, the Colorado Women's Bar Association, and the Metropolitan Denver Interdisciplinary Committee. She is also a member of the multi-cultural, multi-generational network of women, Ellevate; and the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. Additionally, she is a resource for UntangletheKnot.com. Ms. Alldredge was appointed to the board of the Littleton Historical Museum in 2016 and volunteers her time with the Florence Crittenton Legal Clinic.

JERSEY M. GREEN is a partner with Preeo Silverman Green & Egle, P.C., a law firm in Colorado which has represented high net worth clients for more than four decades. He represents business owners in divorce and business-related litigation and has 34 years' experience. He holds the distinction of being the first Colorado attorney to be board certified as a family law trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an organization accredited by the American Bar Association. Mr. Green is a member of the Order of the Barristers and is listed in Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the West. He is a several-time recipient of the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Client Achievement Award, which is conferred on less than 1% of attorneys world-wide. For 2015-2017, he was selected by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for a 10 Best award based on client satisfaction. Mr. Green is a member of the Arapahoe County and Colorado bar associations and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Maryland and his J.D. degree from Syracuse University. Mr. Green has been admitted to practice in Colorado and Wyoming; the U.S. District Court for the districts of Colorado and Arizona; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits; the U.S. Tax Court; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been specially admitted to represent clients in court cases in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Montana, Nevada, and New York.

SUZANNE GRIFFITHS is the managing shareholder, CFO, and co-founder of Gutterman & Griffiths PC, in Denver, Colorado. Over the years, Ms. Griffiths has received many prestigious awards including the Outstanding Women in Business award from the Denver Business Journal in August 2016 and Lawyer of the Year by Colorado Law Week in 2016. Ms. Griffiths has been listed as a Super Lawyer by Superlawyers.com for 11 consecutive years and made their list as a top 50 woman lawyer and top 100 lawyer in Colorado. Aside from her many awards, she has spoken at numerous conferences over the years and given many presentations regarding family law matters, including presenting at the American Bar Association annual convention. Ms. Griffiths specializes in high asset and high conflict cases in which complex financial and business assets are involved. Over Ms. Griffith’s time as a family law attorney, she has encountered many different obstacles which have added to her diverse set of skills and has been described as a “tenacious litigator and advocate” as well as a “financial wizard and skilled negotiator." Ms. Griffiths received her degree from the University of Cape Town in 1978. She practiced in South Africa for 15 years before coming to the United States where she was granted permanent U.S. residency on the basis of her extraordinary ability in family law. With 37 years of experience, Ms. Griffiths’ unrivaled focus, creative case strategy, and attention to detail make her a very highly sought after litigator in her the field.

JENNIFER I. HOLT is special counsel at Gutterman Griffiths PC. Prior to joining Gutterman Griffiths PC, she practiced domestic law with the Bayer, Carey & McGee law firm for the first seven years of her practice, then was a solo practitioner specializing in family law and domestic relations for 27 years. Ms. Holt has had several favorable appellate decisions for her clients. She has spoken at continuing legal education seminars on parenting responsibility, retirement assets, property division and domestic violence. In addition, Ms. Holt has spoken at several National Business Institute seminars regarding child custody and adoption issues; and has published an article in the Colorado Lawyer regarding attorney/client fee disputes. She is a member of the Denver Bar Association and the Colorado Bar Association (member, Family Law Section; co-chair, Fee Arbitration Committee). Ms. Holt earned her B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and her J.D. degree from the University of Denver.

MARC J. KAPLAN is an attorney with the Kaplan Law Office LLC, where he is a practicing trial lawyer, special master and arbitrator. Having been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Kaplan is a formidable advocate in court. He provides to the firm expertise in civil litigation and appeals, including complex divorces. Mr. Kaplan practices in all civil areas of the law, but primarily in the areas of family law and legal malpractice. He received his B.A. degree from the Institute of Policy Services and Public Affairs, Duke University, North Carolina; and his J.D. degree from the University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado. Mr. Kaplan is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Colorado State Delegate; Colorado Bar Association, Board of Governors; Colorado Supreme Court Committee on County & District Court Civil Jurisdiction & Access Issues, member; Thompson G. Marsh Inn of Court; The Faculty of Federal Advocates; and American College of Barristers, senior counsel member. Mr. Kaplan is admitted to practice in Colorado, U.S. District Court District of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit and Montana.

ELIZA R. STEINBERG received her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver, cum laude, and received her J.D. degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Ms. Steinberg is a law clerk at Gutterman Griffiths PC, and upon her admittance to the Colorado Bar Association, she will join the firm as an associate attorney practicing exclusively in the field of family law. She has worked exclusively in family law at Gutterman Griffiths PC, since January 2011, working primarily with the managing partner, Suzanne Griffiths, on high asset, high conflict divorce cases. Ms. Steinberg has extensive knowledge regarding trusts and has worked on many cases involving technical legal arguments regarding the property characteristics of various trusts and other assets. She has presented on litigation case management techniques for the Institute for Paralegal Education, and has significant experience in preparing complex cases for trial.

PAUL G. URTZ is an attorney with Miller & Urtz, LLC, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of family law, construction litigation, commercial matters and bankruptcy litigation. His family law practice cover a range of matters from parenting time, child support, property division and maintenance issues, to more complex matters involving the valuation and division of closely held businesses and other substantial marital assets. Mr. Urtz has more than 30 years of experience litigating all aspects and types of domestic relations and commercial matters in state and federal courts. He also has represented clients in numerous arbitration proceedings, as well as serving as a mediator and providing expert testimony regarding attorney fees. Mr. Urtz earned his J.D. degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

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Continuing Legal Education

CO CLE: 14.00 Credit Approval Exp
12/14/2019
Includes - Ethics: 1.20
This program may qualify for up to 14.0 hours of self-study general Colorado Continuing Legal Education Credit, including 1.2 ethics credit.


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