35th Annual Family Law Seminar Materials

Publication Date: October 2016
Available Formats: Print and Searchable PDF via immediate download, CD-ROM, or USB Flash Drive
Pages: 303

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Topics Covered:

  • Bi-annual Case Law Update
  • Bi-annual Legislative Update
  • Spousal Support: A Review of the Most Important Code Sections, and Eight Important Cases
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Federal and State Laws Governing Electronic Equipment and Communication
  • Family Law Ethics

This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from an October 2016 seminar cosponsored with the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.


Table of Contents

UPDATE ON VIRGINIA FAMILY LAW
Edward D. Barnes
Erik D. Baines
Craig W. Sampson


I. Introduction
    A. Abbreviations
    B. Published and Unpublished Cases

II. Procedural Issues

III. Equitable Distribution
    A. Division of Assets

IV. Support and Maintenance
    A. Determination
    B. Support Termination Events and Cohabitation Analogous to
    Marriage

V. Premarital and Property Settlement Agreements
    A. Validity
    B. Interpretation

VI. Child Support
    A. Determination of Award/Arrearages

VII. Custody and Visitation
    A. Determination of Custody/Visitation
    B. Modification of Custody/Visitation
    C. Adoption, Step Parent, Grandparent, or Other Family Member
    Visitation/Custody
    D. Hague Convention

VIII. Fee Awards

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

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: 2016 GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION
Lawrence D. Diehl

I. In General
    A. Summary list of 2016 Legislation
    B. General Overview of 2016 Session

II. Marriage
    A. Persons Authorized to Perform Marriages
    B. Legal Age of Marriage

III. Equitable Distribution
    A. Transfer of Separate Property

IV. Divorce
    A. Affidavits in Support of Divorce

V. Child Support
    A. Social Services - Electronic Notices

VI. Spousal Support
    A. Amendment to Statutory Factors
    B. Pendente Lite Support Awards - Source of Payments
    C. Award Authority Where Grounds Not Established

VII. Custody/Visitation
    A. UCCJEA Jurisdiction

VIII. Miscellaneous
    A. Mediation Fees
    B. Recordation Taxes of Deeds Incident to a Divorce
    C. Protective Orders - Possession of Premises
    D. Unauthorized Practice of Law
    E. Religious Freedom - Marriage Solemnization

SPOUSAL SUPPORT: A REVIEW OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CODE SECTIONS
AND IMPORTANT CASES

Patrick Maurer

I. Introduction

II. Pendente Lite Support

III. Permanent Support

IV. Modification of Support

EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION
Julie M. Cillo
Susan M. Hicks


I. Separate Property Gifted to Marital Estate
    A. Case Law Finding Gifts to Marital Estate: Marital Residences
    B. Case Law Finding Gift to Marital Estate: Other Assets
    C. Case Law Finding No Gift to Marital Estate: Martial Residence
    D. Case Law Finding No Gift to Marital Estate: Other Assets

II. How to Trace Separate Property That Has Been Contributed to Marital
Property
    A. Applicable Statute for Tracing Separate Property
    B. Case Law: Tracing Separate Property
    C. Case Law: Evidence Required to Trace Separate Property

III. Commingling
    A. Case Law: Commingling That Result3d in Transmutation
    B. Case Law: Commingling that Did Not Result in Transmutation
    C. Case Law: Commingling Funds and Tracing Bank Accounts

IV. Myths About Equitable Distribution
    A. Statutory Law
    B. Case Law

V. Presumptions and How to Use Them
    A. Remember: Courts Are Not Mandated to Start at 50/50
    B. Remember: Always Present Your Evidence
    C. Remember: Gifts, Inheritances, and Post-Separation Acquired
    Property Are Presumed to be Separate

VI. Practical Aspects of Presenting an Equitable Distribution Case
    A. Equitable Distribution Forms
    B. Stipulations: Save the Trees!
    C. Authentication

YOUR CUSTODY TOOLBOX: ESSENTIAL RULES AND STATUTES FOR
CUSTODY AND VISITATION CASES

Cassandra M. Chin
Carol L. Ehlenberger


CELL PHONE FORENSICS IN FAMILY LAW CASES

Lars E. Daniel

FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS GOVERNING ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
AND COMMUNICATION

John H. Kitzmann

I. Wire and Electronic Communications in Transit
    A. In General
    B. Relevant Statutes
    C. Discussion

II. Communications Stored on a Facility
    A. In General
    B. Relevant Statute
    C. Discussion

III. Information Stored on a Computer (Including Smart Phones)
    A. Relevant Statute
    B. Discussion

IV. Tracking Devices

V. Beware Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege

VI. Preservation
    A. Rule 3.4 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct
    B. Case Law
    C. Scenarios

A RE-EXAMINATION OF THE DUTY OF TRUTHFULNESS OCCASIONED
UPON THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO RULES 1.6 AND 3.3 OF THE
RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

Brian H. Jones

I. Introduction

II. Resources and Guidance Provided by the Bar
    A. Rules of Professional Conduct
    B. Legal Ethics Opinions

III. Fun with Hypotheticals
    A. Representation of Strength of Case in Settlement Discussions
    B. Duty of the Attorney in an Ex Parte Proceeding
    C. Duty to Provide Contrary Authority to the Court
    D. Duty to Inquire and Correct False Testimony
    E. Duty of Disclosure of Fraudulent or Criminal Act of Client
    Continued Representation

Authors

Edward D. Barnes

Erik D. Baines

Craig W. Sampson

Lawrence D. Diehl

Patrick Maurer

Julie M. Cillo

Susan M. Hicks

Cassandra M. Chin

Carol L. Ehlenberger

Lars E. Daniel

John H. Kitzmann

Brian H. Jones

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