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The Modern Family
(2012 Basics of Family Law)
Since 1986, the biennial Basics of Family Law program has consistently received rave reviews from new and seasoned attorneys.
The new The Modern Family (2012 Basics of Family Law) delivers invaluable information and practical tips from the best of the profession in a fast-moving, general overview format that addresses issues critical to understanding and effectively practicing family law. 
[Not for CLE Credit. Intended only for family law mediator certification with the State of North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.] 
  • How to draft orders on custody, child support, alimony and equitable distribution?
  • Can I be both a courteous professional and a zealous advocate?
  • How to effectively handle the client intake interview?
  • How do I secure payment for my services and prevent misunderstandings regarding financial arrangements?
  • How do I effectively and thoroughly examine a witness in a deposition or trial?
  • How can the Rules of Civil Procedure work for me and how do I manage, control and properly follow courtroom procedure?
  • What are the tax considerations and implications to child support, spousal support, and property distribution?
  • What are the various forms of retirement benefits and how do I divide each of them?
  • What information can I find on a tax return and how can I use that information to learn more about a party’s income or assets?
  • How and when do I use a free trader agreement and the different types of real property deeds and how do I interpret and analyze a real estate appraisal?
  • What alternative dispute resolutions exist for my clients? How do I manage and what documents do I need for mediation or arbitration?

Full program agenda

The Modern Family (2012 Basics of Family Law) written materials for this program may be purchased separately at our online bookstore


 Tuition includes a 14-day subscription to the audio/video content. 
Please click through to the certificate of completion to access a certificate to submit to the NC Dispute Resolution Commision.

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Product Information
Product Date:
September 04, 2013
Chapter 1: Post-separation Support, Alimony and Fees
  • Entitlement, marital fault, manner of payment
  • Counsel fees
  • Modification/termination of PSS/Alimony • Drafting PSS & Alimony Orders
  • Enforcement of order
Speaker Information
Shelby D. Benton   [ view bio ]
Chapter 2: Preparing and Managing a Child Support Case
  • Establishment, modification and termination of child support
  • Enforcement issues and strategies
  • Interpreting and applying the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines
  • Determining income and showing "bad faith"
  • Drafting Child Support Orders
Speaker Information
Jill S. Jackson   [ view bio ]
Chapter 3: Contempt - Civil and Criminal
  • The fundamentals of the law of contempt – the statutory framework
  • Civil contempt vs. criminal contempt
  • Contempt in domestic relations cases – special distinctions
  • Contempt vs. execution – choosing the most effective remedy
Speaker Information
Judge (Retired) K. Edward Greene   [ view bio ]
Chapter 4: Client Contact and Management
  • Client intake information
  • Identification and analysis of issues
  • Advising your client and managing expectations
  • Alternative dispute resolution options
  • Fee contracts
Speaker Information
Robin J. Stinson   [ view bio ]
Chapter 5: Advocacy & Professionalism: Top 10 Things You Don't Do
  • Ethical and practical guidance for working with the Court, your clients, and your colleagues
Speaker Information
J. Randal Hunter   [ view bio ]
Chapter 6: Managing a Child Custody Case
  • Practice tips
  • Relevant Case law
  • Parent Coordinators, Custodial Evaluations, and other potential court ordered steps
  • Drafting Child Custody Orders
Speaker Information
Kary C. Watson   [ view bio ]
Chapter 7: Civil Procedure, Discovery, Depositions and Courtroom Procedure
  • Service of process and jurisdictional requirements
  • Amendments to pleadings and intervention
  • Dismissals, default, and offers of judgment
  • Service of subpoenas and out-of-state subpoenas
  • Working with pro se opposing parties
Speaker Information
Amy L. Britt   [ view bio ]
Chapter 8: Did You Know? Helpful Hints and Practical Pointers
  • Bankruptcy implications
  • Domestic violence actions
  • Real Estate Items (Deed transfers, Free Trader Agreements)
  • Wiretapping and electronic surveillance
  • Absolute divorce
Speaker Information
D. Caldwell Barefoot, Jr.   [ view bio ]
Chapter 9: Alternative Dispute Resolution for Family Law
  • State Requirements for Custody and Property claims
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration and the Family Law Arbitration Act
  • Use of a Referee
  • Collaborative Practice
Speaker Information
Nancy L. Grace   [ view bio ]
Chapter 10: Managing an Equitable Distribution Case
  • Identification, classification and valuation issues
  • Use of a 50-20(i) motion and taking the motion to court
  • Distribution-in-kind vs. distributive awards
  • Wrapping up the case
  • Drafting Equitable Distribution Orders/Judgments
Speaker Information
Shelby D. Benton   [ view bio ]
Chapter 11: Basic Tax Issues
  • When is alimony taxable and deductible?
  • Other tax benefits
  • Tax consequences of property transfers
Speaker Information
Carole W. Bruce   [ view bio ]
Chapter 12: Maintaining a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Learn about setting boundaries with clients and co-workers, secured leave policy, avoiding substance abuse, maintaining mental health.

This session covers:

  • Lawyers Assistance Program
  • Statistics on lawyers
  • Relation to professional discipline
Speaker Information
John L. Sarratt   [ view bio ]
Chapter 13: Identification and Division of Various Types of Retirement Benefits
  • Defined contribution vs. defined benefit plans
  • ERISA plans
  • Federal retirement plans
  • NC retirement plans
  • Sample orders
Speaker Information
Arlene M. Reardon   [ view bio ]
Chapter 14: How to Read a Tax Return
  • A review of an individual income tax return, Form 1040
  • Sole proprietorships and single member LLC
  • Review of S corporation and partnership returns
  • Red flag areas for review
Speaker Information
Jonathan G. Strickland   [ view bio ]
Chapter 15: Settlement Agreements
  • Validity
  • Construction and effects of separation agreements
  • Modification and enforcement
  • Effects of reconciliation on separation agreements
  • Forms
Speaker Information
Richard D. Stephens   [ view bio ]
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