8:25 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Let the Good Times Roll, Part One: Cohabitation Agreements
Irene P. King, King Collaborative Family Law, Charlotte
Explore the use of cohabitation agreements for clients who do not plan to marry.
9:40 Let the Good Times Roll, Part Two: Premarital Agreements
Cary E. Close, Close Smith Family Law, Raleigh
Discuss the who, what, when, where and how of prenups.
10:20 On the Rocks
Kristin Kelly Broyles, Halvorsen Family Law Group, Winston-Salem
Dive into the options for a client whose marriage is on the rocks, including postnuptial agreements, reconciliation agreements, separation agreements, parenting agreements and support agreements.
11:30 Sealing the Deal: Mediation
Katie Hardersen King, Wake Family Law Group, Raleigh
We've guided our client through a negotiation; now what? Tackle the ins and outs of family law mediation, including notary requirements, formalities, execution and additional instruments.
12:15 Lunch Break
1:00 Managing the Chaos: Arbitration
Charles W. "Chas" Coltrane, Coltrane & Overfield PLLC, Greensboro Barbara R. Morgenstern, Morgenstern & Associates PLLC, Greensboro Robin J. Stinson, Bell Davis & Pitt PA, Winston-Salem
Even the best-laid plans do not always work, resulting in arbitration. Discuss the top issues that should be arbitrated and review the mechanics of arbitration, including recording proceedings, time limit and exhibits. Then analyze the arbitration contract, possible pitfalls, the award and confirming the award.
2:25 All Heck Broke Loose: Breach of Contract
Michelle D. Connell, Fox Rothschild LLP, Raleigh T. Michael "Mike" Godley, Godley Glazer & Funk PLLC, Mooresville
What happens when court is our best option? Before litigation begins, determine how material is material and whether one breach invalidates another. Examine demand letters, the mechanics of a complaint, contract defenses, and different types of remedies including damages, specific performance and enforcement of judgments.
Some family law practitioners may consider contracts to be boring or a necessary evil, but the
2021 Family Law Fall Program takes a deep dive into this practice and shows attendees that "contracts are sexy too."
Andrea Bosquez-Porter is with Bosquez Porter Family Law in Raleigh. Her primary areas of practice are family law and divorce. Andrea is an active volunteer in her community, served as a Site Coordinator for the North Carolina Bar Association's 4All Statewide Service Day since 2010. Andrea uses her fluency in Spanish to help Legal Aid of North Carolina's Project Together where she represents Spanish-speaking clients in complex restraining order cases. She also serves as a supervising attorney for the Campbell Law School Domestic Violence Advocacy Project. She serves on the North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section Council, and is a member of the Wake County Bar Association. Andrea also serves on the Wake County Bar Association's Public Service Committee.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College; a Master of Business Administration degree from Brandeis University and in 2009 graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and in Wisconsin.
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Kristin Kelly Broyles
Kristin Kelly Broyles is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Family Law and a Certified Parenting Coordinator. She is the recipient of the 2020 40 under 40 award from the Triad Business Journal and the 2018 40 under 40 Alumni Award from North Carolina Central University. Kristin has been recognized as a Best Lawyers in America since 2019, a Rising Star by SuperLawyers since 2016 and has been recognized as a Legal Elite in Family Law from Business North Carolina. She was a member of the 2017 Leadership Academy class sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association and was one of sixteen attorneys chosen from across the state to be involved in the program.
Kristin is an experienced litigator and a strong advocate for her clients in and out of the courtroom. She is admitted to practice in all state courts in North Carolina as well as the Federal Courts in the Middle District of North Carolina. Kristin was recently elected as Vice President for the Executive Committee of the 21st Judicial District Bar/Forsyth County Bar Association. She has served on the Ethics and Grievance Committee for the 21st Judicial District Bar/Forsyth County Bar Association, was a Past-President for the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association and Past-President of the Forsyth County Young Lawyers Division. She is also a member of the Forsyth County Women’s Attorneys Association and a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. Kristin was the recipient of the Younger Lawyer Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award from the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association in 2014. Kristin currently serves as Co-Chair for the Pro Bono Committee for the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Kristin was born in Wilmington and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in History. Kristin attended North Carolina Central University School of Law and graduated in 2008. She was admitted to practice law in North Carolina in August, 2008 and began her legal practice working as a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. in the Winston-Salem Office. She practiced with the Family Law Unit while with Legal Aid. Kristin went into private practice in 2011 where she began practicing in the area of criminal defense and family law. Kristin has handled hundreds of trials for both family law and criminal defense matters.
Kristin also enjoys volunteering and serving her community. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Winston-Salem, Dress for Success Winston-Salem and is currently a board member for the Childcare Resource Center in Winston-Salem. Kristin enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Goler Community Garden, and H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, going to the beach, playing golf, and playing with her dog, Everhett.
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Cary E. Close
Cary E. Close is managing partner and founder of Close Smith Family Law in Raleigh. She started the firm as a solo practice in 2006 with the goal of providing the highest quality legal services to men and women faced with the biggest crisis of their life: a divorce. An equally important goal was to maintain a personal connection with each and every client, which continues to this day.
Cary is a Raleigh native who has been married for 27 years and is a mother of three. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Campbell Law School,
cum laude, where she was a member of Law Review and the Moot Court team. After law school, Cary clerked for the Honorable K. Edward Greene at the N.C. Court of Appeals.
Over her career of almost 30 years, Cary has built a solid reputation as one of the most respected divorce attorneys in Raleigh and has helped hundreds of divorcing spouses navigate the often frightening and confusing journey that begins with marital separation. Cary's clients receive high-quality legal representation and a straightforward, practical approach to their cases. For more than a decade, each year Cary has been selected by her peers across the state as one of the top family lawyers, as published in Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" issue and North Carolina Super Lawyers. The firm is consistently ranked as Top Tier by U.S. News – Best Law Firms.
An experienced and passionate litigator, Cary will fight for her clients in court when settlement is not an option. She is a strong advocate for her clients, protecting their rights, their children and their financial stability.
Cary is also a certified Family Financial Mediator who is frequently asked by other family lawyers to help resolve their clients' cases out of court.
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Charles W. "Chas" Coltrane
Charles W. "Chas" Coltrane is a member of the Greensboro law firm of Coltrane & Overfield, PLLC, where he
practices family law and serves as a mediator and arbitrator for family law
cases. He received his B.S. degree in
Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in
1985 and his J.D. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in
1990. He became a member of the North
Carolina State Bar in 1990 and a member of the Georgia State Bar in 1991. Mr. Coltrane has been a Board Certified
Specialist in Family Law in North Carolina since 1996, and he was the Chair of
the Family Law Specialization Committee of the North Carolina State Bar from
2009 to 2012. He was the Chair of the
Family Law Council of the Family Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association
from 2001-2002, and has served on or chaired several committees of the Family
Law Section. Mr. Coltrane has been a
Fellow in the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial
Lawyers since 2012 (Chapter President in 2019).
He is also certified as a family financial mediator by the North
Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.
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Michelle D. Connell
Michelle D. Connell is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in Raleigh. She is a
Board Certified Specialist in the areas of Family Law and Appellate Law. She is a Fellow in the North Carolina Chapter
of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers having been President of the
Chapter in 2020. She is a former
Chairperson of the NCBA Family Law Section.
She served on the NCBA Appellate Rules Committee having been
Chairperson of that committee in 2017. She is on the NC State Bar Board of
Specialization Committee for Appellate Law. Michelle practices in the area of Family Law in both the trial and appellate
courts. She regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars state and
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T. Michael "Mike" Godley
T. Michael "Mike" Godley is a partner and certified family financial mediator with Godley Glazer & Funk PLLC in Mooresville. His practice areas include: mamily law mediation, divorce, equitable distribution, postseparation support and alimony, child custody, child support, domestic violence, civil no contact matters, alienation of affections, criminal conversation, prenuptial/premarital agreements and post-nuptial agreements.
Mike earned his B.S. in Industrial Relations with an emphasis on Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982 and his J.D. from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 1985.
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Monica R. Guy
Monica R. Guy is a partner at Kurtz Evans Whitley Guy & Simos PLLC in Winston-Salem. She concentrates her practice in the area of family and domestic issues.
Monica attended Florida State University and Wake Forest University School of Law. She became a Certified Family Law Specialist by North Carolina Bar Association in 2008. Monica has served on the Family Law Council of the North Carolina Bar Association and on the Grievance Committee of the 21st Judicial District Bar. She is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell, has been honored as a Top 50 Woman by North Carolina Super Lawyers, has been listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers in Family Law, Best Lawyers in America® in Family Law, Business North Carolina Magazine Legal Elite Family Law, and North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Family Law.
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Irene P. King
Irene P. King is with King Collaborative Family Law in Charlotte. As a Collaborative Divorce lawyer and Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, Irene knows that family law issues are not simply legal issues to solve. It takes experience, compassion and a high level of skill to peacefully and constructively manage the legal, emotional and financial considerations and consequences of divorce. In 2015, after litigating high conflict cases for over a decade and experiencing the traumatic and devastating aftermath the adversarial approach to conflict imposes on families, she practiced exclusively outside the courtroom. She navigates divorce differently and take a supportive approach to ensuring your priorities and your children's sensibilities and well-being are at the forefront of her mind. Whether a divorce is amicable, or weighs heavily with uncertainty and complexity, she brings a creative, individualized approach to thoughtfully guide clients through this monumental life transition. In her role as a North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Family Financial Mediator, she empowers people to solve their problems and stay out of court battles.
Irene is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated
summa cum laude from Miami University of Ohio in 2000 with a B.A. in political science and a minor in vocal music performance. She earned her J.D. from UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill in 2004 and began practicing family law in Charlotte the same year.
Irene loves to sing classical and all types of music and has sung the National Anthem at Charlotte sporting events and at Naturalization ceremonies for the Western District of NC.
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Katie Hardersen King
Katie Hardersen King is a partner at Wake Family Law Group (Schilawski O'Shaughnessy Grace King & Mauney, PLLC) in Raleigh. She has been a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist since 2007, a Certified Parenting Coordinator since 2008, and is a Certified Family Financial Mediator.
Katie received her B.A. in English and Political Studies from Meredith College in 1999 and her J.D. from Campbell University School of Law in 2002. She is the current Vice Chair of the NCBA Family Law Section and has previously served as the Section's Secretary (for almost 10 years) and as a Council Member.
Outside of lawyering, mediating, and parenting coordinating, Katie enjoys rescue kittens, fast cars, craft beer, and cheering for the Wolfpack. She usually enjoys her husband and kids too.
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Barbara R. Morgenstern
Barbara R. Morgenstern graduated from Indiana University and from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She is the managing partner of Morgenstern & Associates PLLC in Greensboro. Barbara's practice is limited solely to family law. She was certified as a specialist in family law by the North Carolina State Bar in 1991, has been a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1994. She is certified as an arbitrator by the AAML and spends a substantial amount of her time conducting mediations and arbitrations.
Barbara has served as chair of the Family Law Section of the Greensboro and North Carolina Bar Associations, on various committees of the Family Law Section and currently serves on the Family Law CLE Committee. She served on the Family Law Specialization Committee of the North Carolina State Bar for 7 years and as Chair for 2.
Barbara is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars sponsored by such providers as the North Carolina Bar Foundation, UNC Law School, Wake Forest University School of Law, and the Greensboro and High Point Bar Associations. She has also served as an adjunct professor of family law at Wake Forest University School of Law and as a guest lecturer at the UNC School of Law. She has been an adjunct professor of family law at Elon School of Law every year since 2008.
Barbara is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of family law and family law mediation, and in North Carolina Super Lawyers and Legal Elite in the area of family law. She has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
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Robin J. Stinson
Robin J. Stinson, with Bell Davis & Pitt P.A. in Winston-Salem, focuses her practice on family law and dispute resolution. Robin has practiced in the Triad area for more than 34 years. She is certified as a NC State Bar Family Law Specialist and she is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Robin has served on the NCBA Board of Governors and as Chair of the Family Law Section.
Robin received her undergraduate degree at Duke University,
cum laude, and her law degree from UNC School of Law. In 2007, she received the James E. Cross, Jr. Leadership Award presented by the Board of Legal Specialization of the North Carolina State Bar. Robin has been listed annually in "Best Lawyers in America" in Family Law and Family Law Mediation, in "Legal Elite" for Family Law, and in Super Lawyers (including "Top 100 Super Lawyers" the "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers" in North Carolina).
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