Indiana Family Law From A to Z Seminar

About this Event

When families run into difficulties, they are dealing with highly emotional situations that may cloud their judgment and prevent them from making rational long-term decisions. As a family law attorney, it's your job to help clients through family law issues with knowledge, insight and compassion. Developing these skills and sensitivity can take years to perfect, but you can get the essential knowledge and techniques you need in just one day. Join us as we explore legal updates, procedural tips and problem-solving strategies critical to family law success.

Seminar Itinerary:

Legal Update – A Year in Review

9:00 – 9:30, Bryan L. Ciyou, Molly Lokitis

  • Procedural Rules for Family Law Cases
  • Case Law Update: Family Law
  • Application of Recent Cases and Amended Statutes to Your Cases

Marriage Dissolution – Process and Procedure

9:30 – 10:15, Carl J. Becker

  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Annulment
  • Legal Separation
  • Divorce
  • Checklist of Necessary Documents
  • Typical Case Timeline and Basic Steps to Follow
  • Sample Pleadings and Motions: What to Use and When

Discovery in Divorce

10:15 – 11:00, Bryan L. Ciyou, Molly Lokitis

  • Social Media Tips and Tricks
  • Discovery of Electronic Communications
  • Locating Hidden Assets
  • Model Letters and Motions (with Sample Forms)
  • Discovery Abuses and Remedies

Child Custody and Visitation Rights

11:15 – 12:00, Bryan L. Ciyou, Molly Lokitis

  • Petition for Visitation
  • Petition for Custody
  • Motion for a Change of Custody or Visitation
  • Questions of Paternity
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • The Rights of Grandparents and Other Relatives
  • UCCJEA: Uniform Child Custody and Enforcement Act
  • Checklist of Necessary Documents and Sample Forms

Finance 101 for Family Law Practitioners

1:00 – 1:45, Bryan L. Ciyou, Molly Lokitis

  • Valuation and Division of Assets (Real Estate, Insurance, Stock Options, Retirement Plans)
  • Tax Ramifications of Divorce
  • Petition for Child Support
  • Child Support Enforcement Options
  • Drafting Clear QDROs – Do's and Don'ts
  • Equitable Distribution when Debts Equal or Exceed Assets
  • Bankruptcy
  • Checklist of Necessary Documents and Sample Forms

Drafting Enforceable Terms in Consent Orders and Agreements

1:45 – 2:30, Carl J. Becker

Ethics

2:30 – 3:30, Bryan L. Ciyou, Molly Lokitis

  • Client/Lawyer Relationship
  • Attendance at Client Conferences by Friends or Family of Client
  • Attorneys' Fees
  • Communication With Adverse Party
  • Malpractice Concerns

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