FL01

Domestic Violence in 2020: What Every Family Lawyer Needs to Know

September 14, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Family Law Track

Presented by the Family Law Section

About the Program

This multi-disciplinary panel will educate participants on the complicated topic of domestic violence.

You Will Learn

  • About domestic violence and its impact on families and family law cases
  • Strategies for managing cases that include allegations of domestic violence

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (General); 2.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

Laura Babala Laura Babala
LCSW, CYT, Fairfield

Leslie Coplin Leslie Coplin
YWCA, Domestic Abuse Services, Greenwich

David_McGrath David A. McGrath
Louden Katz & McGrath LLC, Hartford

!No-Headshot Jill S. Planchar
Connecticut Legal Services, Stamford




FL02

Alimony Retrospective: A Discussion on Case Law and Settlement Strategies since the Implementation of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

September 14, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Family Law Track

Presented by the Family Law Section

About the Program

The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act fundamentally changed the tax treatment of alimony and thus how many family lawyers negotiated, settled, and tried contested financial cases. This seminar will focus on the body of law regarding alimony that has emerged since the Act’s implementation in 2019, and will also focus on best practices for the settlement of alimony claims. Our presenters will provide insight on structuring alimony proposals and seeking alimony orders across all income brackets.

You Will Learn

  • About the court’s treatment of alimony following the enactment of the tax code changes
  • New strategies for negotiating alimony terms, based upon real-life experience and practical advice

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (0.5 AOP; 0.5 Skills)

Speakers

!No-Headshot Dyan M. Kozaczka
Rutkin Oldham & Griffin LLC, Westport

!No-Headshot Sarah S. Oldham
Rutkin Oldham & Griffin LLC, Westport




FL03

Defining an Emergency: Navigating the Drafting and Prosecution of Emergency Motions in Family Court

September 15, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Family Law Track

Presented by the Family Law Section

About the Program

This trial-practice seminar will focus on the nuts and bolts of emergency motions from a practitioner’s perspective and a judicial perspective.

You Will Learn

  • How to assess whether a custody issue reaches the threshold for emergency motion practice
  • How to draft an effective emergency motion, including a compelling affidavit
  • How to prosecute critical issues in a time-sensitive environment

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speaker

Ross Siegel Ross M. Kaufman
Siegel & Kaufman PC, Stamford




FL04

Family Law Year in Review

September 15, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Family Law Track

Presented by the Family Law Section

About the Program

Join us for the annual review of cases pertaining to the field of family law. Participants will be provided with richly detailed materials summarizing all relevant and current family law cases.

You Will Learn

  • About the seminal family law cases from 2019 and 2020 in a candid and lively environment

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (General); 2.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

Alexander J Cuda Alexander J. Cuda
Needle | Cuda, Westport

Steven R Dembo Steven R. Dembo
Berman Mickelson Dembo & Jacobs LLC, Hartford

Amy C MacNamara Amy Calvo MacNamara
The Law Offices of Amy Calvo MacNamara, Greenwich

Louise Truax Louise T. Truax
Reich & Truax PLLC, Southport

Aidan Welsh Aidan R. Welsh
Schoonmaker George Colin Blomberg Bryniczka & Welsh PC, Old Greenwich




FL05

Social Security and Divorce: A Primer for the Divorce Practitioner

September 16, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Family Law Track

Presented by the Disability Law Section

About the Program

An overview of the Social Security programs of disability and retirement, focusing on eligibility for the benefits, ex-spousal eligibility for those benefits, and alienability of those benefits for the benefit of the spouse and children. The program will also address Social Security retirement, ex-spousal eligibility, valuation, and reduction of those benefits for the worker and ex-spouse by windfall elimination and government pension offset.

You Will Learn

  • The difference between the two disability programs of SSDI and SSI, and the effect of assets and income on each, in the setting of alimony, support, earning capacity, property division, and health insurance
  • What derivative benefits clients may be eligible for based on the disability and retirement benefit eligibility of their former spouses, and how those derivative benefits may be reduced or extinguished
  • When future Social Security retirement benefits should be considered as deferred compensation plan in assets and the anti-assignment provision of 42 U.S.C. § 407(a)

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speaker

!No-Headshot Melissa A. Buckley
Buckley & Buckley LLC, New Haven