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Handling a Basic Divorce 2021

Product ID: CA3175R2
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Breaking up made easier

Understand the key components of divorces and be prepared to deal with common scenarios with help from an encore presentation* of Handling a Basic Divorce. Explore the unique procedural elements of legal separation, annulments, and divorce proceedings. Successfully handle family law actions from beginning to end with:

  • Insights on managing client expectations and helping them achieve their desired results
  • Tips for client interviews, conflict of interest checks, referrals, and research
  • An overview of property division, support, and custody and placement issues
  • Effective and ethical fact gathering strategies
  • Advice for assembling compelling exhibits

A clear path forward

Not every divorce needs to go to trial. Learn to differentiate between matters that should go to court and cases that can be resolved by other means, such as:

  • Early-stage facilitative mediation
  • Late-stage “last stop before trial” mediation
  • Family arbitration
  • Unbundled legal services
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Sponsored By

Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company

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Select a Format

Webcast seminar
OnDemand seminar

Pricing

Member $259.00

Non-Member $339.00

Credits

6.5 CLE

Date and Time

Friday, April 30, 20218:30 AM - 3:15 PM CT

Add to Calendar 4/30/2021 8:30:00 AM 4/30/2021 3:15:00 PM America/Chicago Handling a Basic Divorce 2021

Breaking up made easier

Understand the key components of divorces and be prepared to deal with common scenarios with help from an encore presentation* of Handling a Basic Divorce. Explore the unique procedural elements of legal separation, annulments, and divorce proceedings. Successfully handle family law actions from beginning to end with:

  • Insights on managing client expectations and helping them achieve their desired results
  • Tips for client interviews, conflict of interest checks, referrals, and research
  • An overview of property division, support, and custody and placement issues
  • Effective and ethical fact gathering strategies
  • Advice for assembling compelling exhibits

A clear path forward

Not every divorce needs to go to trial. Learn to differentiate between matters that should go to court and cases that can be resolved by other means, such as:

  • Early-stage facilitative mediation
  • Late-stage “last stop before trial” mediation
  • Family arbitration
  • Unbundled legal services
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Breaking up made easier

Understand the key components of divorces and be prepared to deal with common scenarios with help from an encore presentation* of Handling a Basic Divorce. Explore the unique procedural elements of legal separation, annulments, and divorce proceedings. Successfully handle family law actions from beginning to end with:

  • Insights on managing client expectations and helping them achieve their desired results
  • Tips for client interviews, conflict of interest checks, referrals, and research
  • An overview of property division, support, and custody and placement issues
  • Effective and ethical fact gathering strategies
  • Advice for assembling compelling exhibits

A clear path forward

Not every divorce needs to go to trial. Learn to differentiate between matters that should go to court and cases that can be resolved by other means, such as:

  • Early-stage facilitative mediation
  • Late-stage “last stop before trial” mediation
  • Family arbitration
  • Unbundled legal services
Read More ↓

Sponsored By

Amy T. Collins O’Hara
Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
Madison

Megan E. Corning
Your Family Law Center, S.C.
Madison

Christopher S. Krimmer
Forward Legal Services LLC
Madison

Amber M. Ragonese
Murphy Johnson & Trampe, S.C.
Racine

Rebecca W. Oettinger
Driftless Mediation and Family Law LLC
Baraboo

Ashley J. Richter
Richter & Phillips LLP
Madison

 

 

8:30 a.m. : The Elements of Divorce

  • Understand the differences between legal separation, annulments, and divorce and the jurisdictional requirements of each
  • Get an overview of the primary substantive aspects of divorce: property division, maintenance, custody, placement, child support, and the role of guardians ad litem
  • Learn different ways to resolve family law issues outside of litigation
  • Tips and tricks for managing client expectations and helping clients achieve the results they want

Amy T. Collins O’Hara

9:15 a.m. : Client Interviews and Divorce Process Tools

  • Triage: Listening for issues, identifying red flags, formulating a response
  • Possibility of physical harm or depletion of assets
  • Conflict checks
  • Retainer and billing process
  • Filing the information: petition, confidential addendum, notice of retainer
  • Referrals to other professionals
  • Temporary orders, restraining orders, and other initial actions
  • Legal resources and research tools

Ashley J. Richter

10:00 a.m. : Break

10:50 a.m. : Getting Started: Discovery

  • When is formal or informal discovery actually needed?
  • Avoid common mistakes in formal written discovery, abusing the discovery process, and the pitfalls of “scorched earth” attitudes
  • Best practices to supplement further discovery including depositions and e-discovery

Megan E. Corning

11:00 a.m. : Core Mediation Skills

  • Differences between early-stage facilitative mediation, late-stage evaluative mediation, and arbitration
  • Differentiate between the role of the mediator and the role of the party-attorney
  • Ethics of unbundled mediation services

Rebecca W. Oettinger

11:45 a.m. : Lunch

12:45 p.m. : Settlement Agreements

  • What they are
  • What they are not
  • Basic content
  • Use as a negotiation tool

Amber M. Ragonese

1:35 p.m. : Trial Preparation

  • Organize your argument: tips on your outline
  • Assist your witness in their presentation
  • Organize your exhibits/trial binder
  • Prepare for arguments on rules of evidence: avoid objections, and when they are not avoidable, overcome objections to your evidence

Megan E. Corning

2:25 p.m. : Post-Judgment Issues

  • How and when to file a motion to revise custody, placement, maintenance, and support
  • How and when to file a contempt motion and the appropriate purge conditions to request from the court
  • Assess the possibility of reopening property division issues
  • Tips for dividing retirement assets

Christopher S. Krimmer

3:15 p.m. : Program Concludes

 

  • Know the differences between legal separation, annulment, and divorce
  • Gain tips for effectively interviewing clients and streamlining the divorce process
  • Learn best practices for discovery, mediation, and negotiation
  • Explore the components of settlement agreements
  • Receive guidance on good trial preparation
  • Find out how to handle common post-judgment issues
  • Attorneys new to family law practice
  • Lawyers considering adding family law to their practice
  • Practitioners seeking a refresher in family law
  • Guardians ad litem

YLD Discount!

Young Lawyers Division members receive a $20 discount on tuition.* Discount applied automatically upon log-in.

*Young Lawyers Division Members are State Bar member attorneys 36 years of age or younger, or within five years of admission to the State Bar of Wisconsin. If you’ve opted out of YLD, you will not receive this discount. The $20 discount only applies to the live webcast and webcast replays, not CLE OnDemand. YLD members with Ultimate Passes, other CLE passes, or PINNACLE discounts are not eligible for this discount.


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Family Law in Wisconsin: A Forms and Procedures Handbook

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**Discount applies to both print and digital Books UnBound® editions of this title and cannot be applied to previous purchases. Offer valid as long as CLE credit is available for this program. For Books UnBound users, discount may be applied to purchase of individual Books UnBound title only and may not be used on purchase of full library.

BYP

The Build Your Practice Series from State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® introduces you to the fundamentals of various practice areas. Gain the tools and information you need to develop a new area of practice and expand your firm's offerings. Build Your Practice Series programs are endorsed by the State Bar's Young Lawyers Division.

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