Divorce Liens: Allowing One Spouse to Keep the Family Home

June 8, 2017

Lorelei Stevens has been a licensed real estate broker (Washington State Real Estate Managing Broker Designated Broker’s License No. 13287) and a discounted note buyer since the 1970’s. She has worked her entire adult life with Wall Street Brokers negotiating millions of dollars of paper. She is a nationally recognized expert.


11 Things You Need to Know About Child Custody and Parenting Time

October 31, 2016

Faculty Member: Abigale M. Stolfe, New Jersey Family Lawyer

Facilitator: Diana Shepherd, CDFA®, Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine
When going through a divorce involving children, parents are faced with numerous complex issues. From the factors courts consider when granting custody to how custody and child support is decided for unwed parents, family lawyer Abigale Stolfe outlines the top issues and offers tips related to child custody and parenting time.

Can You Really Mediate a High-Conflict Divorce?

October 20, 2016
Faculty Member: Hon. Michele F. Lowrance (Ret.), Family Law Mediator and Attorney

Facilitator: Dan Couvrette, CEO and Publisher of Divorce Magazine, Family Lawyer Magazine, and DivorcedMoms.com

While couples who are involved in a high-conflict divorce may think going to court is the only option, it is possible to achieve resolutions by going through mediation. Michele Lowrance, an attorney and mediator, discusses why it can be possible to mediator high-conflict divorce cases and potential issues that may arise.

This session will discuss:

  • what creates high-conflict in divorce
  • how a mediator can help people not get stuck in the past when going through a divorce
  • whether or not it's possible to mediate a high-conflict divorce
  • the method used to deal with high-conflict couples
  • what a mediator does when parties reach an impasse
  • how to negotiate or mediate with a narcissistic or borderline spouse
  • whether a couple can go through mediation when one or both parties already has an attorney.

The Divorce Process in Illinois for Financially Complex Cases

October 19, 2016
Faculty Member: Candace L. Meyers, Family Law Attorney

Facilitator: Dan Couvrette, CEO and Publisher of Divorce Magazine, Family Lawyer Magazine, and DivorcedMoms.com

In cases involving high-net-worth individuals or business owners, the divorce process can become quite complex. Listeners in Illinois will gain a deeper understanding of what to expect while going through the process and what steps to take to protect one's business and assets.

This session will discuss:

  • whether a spouse who put their education or career on hold to help put their spouse through school is entitled to financial recognition for their sacrifice if the marriage ends in divorce
  • how you can know if your spouse if being truthful in their financial disclosure
  • how you can ensure you get a property settlement that is fair and meets your needs
  • the division of property in cases where there are multiple properties
  • what happens to private business records during a divorce
  • whether spousal support is meant to guarantee that a recipient's lifestyle will remind the same after divorce
  • what a business owner's first steps should be after being served divorce papers
  • how a business owner can protect their company during divorce
  • the importance of hiring a business valuator
  • how true income and a business' worth is determined in a case where a party is self-employed in a cash-based business.

Divorce Do’s and Don’ts for Business Owners and High-Net-Worth Individuals

October 19, 2016
Faculty Member: Marta J. Papa, Divorce Attorney and Mediator

Facilitator: Dan Couvrette, CEO and Publisher of Divorce Magazine, Family Lawyer Magazine, and DivorcedMoms.com

Whether you are a business owner or have a high net worth, there are special considerations you must keep in mind when going through a divorce. In this podcast, divorce attorney and mediator Marta J. Papa outlines some do's and don'ts – including keeping your financial information private and hiring the right experts to handle your divorce.

This session will discuss:

  • special considerations for high-asset divorces and individuals who own a business
  • the importance of keeping personal and business financial information private
  • ways to protect the privacy of your financial information
  • the challenges of business owners who get divorced
  • how it's possible to not have to sell a business during a divorce
  • the importance of getting friends, relatives, and the public on your side when divorcing as a business owner
  • why you shouldn't use your company's accountant to value the business
  • other tips that will benefit business owners, high-net-worth individuals, and their spouses.

International Divorce: Custody and Jurisdiction

October 18, 2016
Faculty Member: John K. Grubb, Family Law Attorney, MBA (accounting and finance)

Facilitator: Dan Couvrette, CEO and Publisher of Divorce Magazine, Family Lawyer Magazine, and DivorcedMoms.com

When borders are involved, child custody issues become more complex. In this podcast, John K. Grubb discusses international divorce and family law and outlines the options and rights of parents who do not live in the same country.

This session will discuss:

  • the legal options for having a child returned after the other parent has taken the child out of the country without your consent
  • whether a foreign court will respect a United States court order to have the child returned
  • factors to consider when dealing with a foreign court in an international custody dispute
  • how a parent seeking to have his/her children returned to the United States can avoid breaking international custody laws
  • whether or not a parent can take the children for a holiday outside of the country without their co-parent’s permission
  • whether or not a parent who has sole custody of the children can move to a different state/country with them, as well as if there's anything the other parent can do to prevent the move
  • rights a mother has in a case where a paternity test discloses that a father is not the child’s biological parent
  • the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act, including how it's applied to divorce cases
  • how child support works if the custodial parent lives in a different state or country
  • what happens to child support if the payor moves to another country.

Property and Retirement Assets in Florida

October 17, 2016
Faculty Member: Ginger L. Dugan, Florida Family Lawyer

Facilitator: Diana Shepherd, CDFA®, Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine

During a divorce, couples are required to go through the property division process, which includes determining what is separate property and what is marital property and how retirement benefits will be divided. In this podcast, family lawyer Ginger L. Dugan discusses the most frequently asked questions about property and retirement assets in Florida.

This session will discuss:

  • how real estate is divided in a divorce in Florida
  • whether property owned by one spouse prior to the marriage is still considered separate property during divorce
  • how furniture and household items get divided in Florida
  • what happens to a spouse's vehicle in a divorce
  • how a spouse can get an item they really want during property division
  • whether engagement and wedding rings are personal property or marital property in Florida
  • the difference between marital and separate property in divorce
  • how a pension is divided on divorce and what happens if the plan administrator says a pension can’t be divided
  • how a pension is different from a 401(k) or an IRA
  • how retirement assets are divided in Florida
  • whether or not it matters if only one person worked during the marriage
  • taxes associated with transferring retirement assets in a divorce.

Complex Issues in High-Asset Divorce Cases

October 14, 2016
Faculty Member: Sonya K. Zeigler, New Jersey Family Lawyer

Facilitator: Diana Shepherd, CDFA®, Editorial Director and Co-Founder of Divorce Magazine

When a lot of assets are at stake during a divorce, parties may be faced with having to handle complex issues -- including dividing marital property and keeping financial information private. Whether you have a high net worth, a business, or own numerous assets, you will gain a deeper understanding of what to expect as you go through the divorce process.

This session will discuss:

  • whether private business records and private financial records become public records during a divorce in New Jersey
  • how common financial misbehavior is during high-net-worth divorce cases 
  • the pitfalls someone should watch out for in the divorce process – particularly if there are a lot of assets at stake
  • whether or not professional practices such as a dentist, doctor, chiropractor, etc. are considered assets of the marriage
  • whether a non-business asset – such as a house, vacation property, or other real estate – that was inherited before marriage is still considered separate property
  • how stock options, bonuses, etc. are treated in a divorce settlement
  • how a financially inexperienced person can know if their spouse is being completely truthful in their financial disclosure.
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