34th Annual Family Law: Hot Topics in Domestic Practice Today Seminar Materials

Publication Date: October 2015
Available Formats: Searchable PDF via immediate download, CD-ROM, or USB Flash Drive
Pages: 177

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Topics Covered:

  • Update on Virginia Family Law
  • 2015 Legislative and Rule Changes
  • Retirement Assets in Divorce
  • Social Media/Electronic Evidence in Family Law Cases - How to Get It
  • Social Media/Electronic Evidence in Family Law Cases - How to Use It
  • Legal Ethics: Problems Arising in Plain Sight

This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from an October 2015 seminar cosponsored with the cosponsored with the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.


Table of Contents

UPDATE ON VIRGINIA FAMILY LAW
Edward D. Barnes
Irene C. Delcamp
Craig W. Sampson

I. Introduction

II. Procedural Issues

III. Support and Maintenance

    A. Determination
    
    B. Modification
    
    C. Support Termination Events and Cohabitation Analogous
    to Marriage
    
IV. Miscellaneous

    A. Validity of Marriage
    
    B. Protective Orders

V. Premarital and Property Settlement Agreements

    A. Interpretation

VI. Equitable Distribution

    A. Division of Assets
    
    B. Enforcement

VII. Child Support

    A. Modification
    
    B. Enforcement

VIII. Custody and Visitation

    A. Determination
    
    B. Modification
    
    C. Adoption, Step Parent, Grandparent, or Other Family Member
    Visitation/Custody
    
    D. Relocation

IX. Attorney’s Fee Awards

X. Parental Rights

    A. Termination of Parental Rights/Foster Care/Findings of Abuse
    and Neglect

Addendum

Select Cases from Spring 2015

2015 LEGISLATIVE AND RULE CHANGES
Susan M. Butler

AVOIDING QDRO MALPRACTICE
Raymond S. Dietrich

Discovery Rule for Legal Malpractice in Virginia

I. Background

II. Statement of the Case

III. Analysis

    A. Statutory Construction of Virginia Code § 8.01-230
    
    B. Federal Retirement Plans Impose Stringent Timing Requirement
    for Former Spouse’s Seeking Divorce Related Benefits
    
    C. Distinguishing Between a Right of Action and a Cause of
    Action

Timing of a QDRO and How it Relates to Legal Malpractice

    A. Operation of Law Rule
    
    B. Trend in Virginia QDRO Case Law
    
Notice of a QDRO and How it Relates to Legal Malpractice

    A. Plan Notice
    
    B. Client Notice
    
    C. Conclusion for Timing and Notice - Best Advice
    
The Real Issue in Griffin: Timing of a Qualified Domestic Relations Order

I. Background

II. Statement of the Case

III. Analysis

    A. Operation of Law Rule
    
    B. Nunc Pro Tunc Remedy
    
    C. Continuing Jurisdiction of the Virginia Code § 20-107.3(K)(4)
    
    D. Qualification under ERISA
    
    E. Distinguishing Hopkins

AN OVERVIEW OF DIGITAL FORENSICS

Lars Daniel

    I. Types of Digital Forensics
    
    II. Acquisition (Collection) and Preservation
    
    III. Understand Forensic Experts vs. Computer Experts
    
    IV. Discovery Issues
    
    V. Analyzing the Case
    
    VI. Challenging the Evidence
    
    VII. Digital Evidence
    
USE OF ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE IN FAMILY LAW CASES

Daniel L. Gray

I. Advising Your Client Prior to Litigation

II. Obtaining the Evidence

    A. Consider a Preservation Letter
    
    B. Craft Thorough Discovery

III. You Have the Information. How Do you Get it Into Evidence?

    A. Is it Relevant?
    
    B. Authentication
    
    C. Overcoming Hearsay
    
    D. Do You Have a Best Evidence Issue?
    
    E. Will a Violation of the Computer Trespass Act or Some Other
    Electronic Evidence Statute Keep the Evidence Out?
    
    F. What About Location Information?
    
IV. Final Thoughts LEGAL ETHICS PROBLEMS ARISING IN PLAIN SIGHT
Susan Hicks
Michael L. Rigsby

Authors

Edward D. Barnes

Irene C. Delcamp

Craig W. Sampson

Susan M. Butler

Raymond S. Dietrich

Lars Daniel

Daniel L. Gray

Susan Hicks

Michael L. Rigsby

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