8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Reunification Therapy
Maria Curran, Ph.D., Center for Creativity and Healing, Charlotte
Explore the good, the bad and the ugly of how virtual sessions have impacted work with high-conflict families and the resist/refuse dynamic, including: COVID-19 exposure; vaccine controversy; accommodations in supported, supervised or facilitated visitation service; and caseloads, therapist availability and burnout.
9:46 Contempt and Custody/Child Support
Arlene M. Zipp, Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC, High Point
Explore civil and criminal contempt, including similarities, differences, and electing civil or criminal contempt at the beginning of a trial. This session also discusses determining the availability of attorney's fees in pursuing contempt, as well as areas of law where contempt may not be the best remedy.
10:44 Family Law Case Law Update: Part 1
Lee Claiborne Hawley, Roberson Haworth & Reese PLLC, High Point
In part two of the family law case law update, examine key cases involving equitable distribution, post-separation support and alimony, marital agreements, and attorney's fees.
11:45 Custody Forensic Reports
Anastasia Elizabeth Cowan, Arnold & Smith PLLC, Charlotte
Sean B. Knuth, Ph.D., SBKPhD Forensic Psychology, Charlotte
Learn about defining the scope of an evaluation through the drafting of an order and proffering an evaluator as an expert/voir dire. Then discuss evaluation testing and interview data, as well as the bias of data through direct and cross-examination questions.
12:49 Lunch Break
1:19 Utilizing Technology in Negotiation, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution‡
Judge Ward Douglass Scott, North Carolina District Court, Asheville
Judge Teresa Harper Vincent, North Carolina District Court, Greensboro
Learn effective remote-hearing techniques, tips for the practicing lawyer, and different technology and strategies to assist in your practice. Then gain information to troubleshoot the technical difficulties that may exist in remote hearings.
2:21 Family Law Case Law Update: Part 2
Elizabeth J. "Libby" James, Offit Kurman, Charlotte
Review key cases from the past year impacting child custody, child support, contempt and domestic violence.
3:33 Lessons From the Pandemic as Applied to the Practice of Family Law
Judge David E. Sipprell, North Carolina District Court, Winston-Salem
Kelley Gondring, Gondring Law PLLC, Winston-Salem
Nancy L. Grace, Wake Family Law Group, Raleigh
Delve into impacts of the pandemic on the practice of family law and how to handle them, including quarantines or illnesses in light of a custody schedule, medical decisions and resolving disagreements with joint legal custody, accounting for tax changes in negotiation and litigation, and resolving ongoing disputes through a parenting coordinator or motion in the cause. Then explore new ways to draft orders or agreements that take into consideration the unknown.
‡ Indicates portion providing Technology Training credit
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