35th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar 2019

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 1.0

Live on Site: Thursday, April 11 / Richmond
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 1.0; GAL Child: 2.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

Hear expert analysis on advanced family law topics, including:

  • An overview on vocational evaluations—what is generally considered by an evaluator, what is the purpose of the evaluation, what is helpful in presenting information to the court, and how these evaluations are usually attacked on cross-examination
  • An introduction to the new “limited scope appearance” allowed under Rule 1:5
  • A look at how retirement can now be a material change of circumstances supporting a modification of a prior spousal support award
  • A practical discussion of issues related to determining income of owners of pass-through income tax entities and approaches to locating undisclosed income
  • An ethics discussion on reducing hostility and focusing on professionalism

Plus the Annual Legislative and Case Law Updates

Cosponsored with the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar

GAL for Children Continuing Credit Hours: 2.0

GAL Information

The Region’s Premier Advanced Family Law Program!

For over three decades this seminar, held at the beautiful and historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, has been the destination of choice for family law practitioners in Virginia.

Comments from the 2018 seminar:

“Best CLE around for me as a family law attorney.”

“It is an excellent way to acquire knowledge regarding recent changes in the law.”

“Excellent quality and value.”

“Great venue. Nothing better than The Jefferson.”

Can't Attend?
Attend one of the 12 video replays offered statewide in May.
E-mail distance_ed@vacle.org to be notified when/if this program is made available as an online or USB seminar.
E-mail publications@vacle.org to be notified when/if this program's seminar materials are made available for sale.



8:30 Registration
9:00 Update on Virginia Family Law
Edward D. Barnes

A thorough review of significant family law decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Virginia Supreme Court, and the Virginia Court of Appeals.
10:15 Break
10:15 Legislative Update: 2019 General Assembly Session
Lawrence D. Diehl

An annual, comprehensive summary of the status of recent legislative changes affecting family law in Virginia.
11:15 Vocational Rehabilitation Experts
Anthony K. Bird

This presentation will cover how to discover adversaries’ social media use and put it to good use in discovery and at trial, and how to shield your own clients from negatively impacting their own cases with social media use. There will be advanced discussions regarding investigative techniques and forensic recovery of social media and associated metadata.       
12:00 Presentation of Awards (live program only)
12:15 Lunch (provided at live program only)
1:15 Limited Scope Representation — A New Option for Virginia Practitioners
John E. Whitfield

An introduction to the new “limited scope appearance” allowed under Rule 1:5 since January 1, 2019, covering its background, purpose, and potential uses for the family law practitioner in Virginia.  Model pleadings will be shared.    

2:00 Retirement Can Now Be A Material Change of Circumstances! Quick Tips for Working With the New Changes
Julie Hottle Day, Eva N. Juncker

The new changes to Sections 20-107.1 and 20-109 of the Code mean that reaching retirement age can be a material change of circumstances supporting a modification of a prior spousal support award. This session will provide quick tips for practicing under the new statutory regime.
2:30 Break
2:45 Calculating Income of the Closely Held Business Owner for Purposes of Support Determination
Robert R. Raymond


A practical discussion of issues related to determining income of owners of pass-through income tax entities and approaches to locating undisclosed income.

3:45 Old School Ethics and a Return to Civility in Family Law Cases:  A Path Forward to Reduce Hostility and Focus on Professionalism for Family Law Practitioners
Bretta Z. Lewis

An examination of the ethical rules that are not necessarily in the forefront of the average practitioner’s mind such as “Candor Toward the Tribunal,” “Fairness to Opposing Party and Counsel,” and the dreaded “Reporting Misconduct” and catch-all “misconduct” Rules, 8.3 and 8.4. This session will examine the idea that strict loyalty to these somewhat forgotten rules may be the key to increased collegiality and greater job satisfaction among family law attorneys. 
4:45 Adjourn



Edward D. Barnes, Barnes & Diehl, P.C. / Richmond
Anthony K. Bird, Anthony Bird & Associates / McLean
Julie Hottle Day, Culin, Sharp, Autry & Day, P.L.C. / Fairfax
Lawrence D. Diehl, Barnes & Diehl, P.C. / Richmond
Eva N. Juncker, Paley Rothman / Falls Church
Bretta Z. Lewis, Zimmer & Lewis / Virginia Beach
Robert R. Raymond, Robert R. Raymond & Associates, LLP / Richmond
John E. Whitfield, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. / Harrisonburg


Mary G. Commander, Commander Law / Norfolk


Robert E. Henley III, Batzli Stiles Butler  PC / Richmond
Besianne Tavss Maiden, Tavss Fletcher / Norfolk
Richard B. Orsino, The Orsino Law Firm / Fairfax
Melanie E. Peters, Weaver Law Firm, P.C. / Roanoke

Locations, Dates and Fees

(All registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. Printed materials are at an additional cost at the Live seminars only.)

$285* regular registration (without printed materials).
$315 regular registration plus printed materials.
$270* preregistering VSB Family Law Section member (without printed materials).
$300 preregistering VSB Family Law Section member plus printed materials.
$330 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

*Available until 3 business days before the program


Richmond / Thursday, April 11
The Jefferson (Venue Website / Google Map)
Franklin & Adams Streets
(804) 788-8000

Click here if you wish to register three or more people from the same firm.

A 15% discount is offered on any book or seminar material purchased at the seminar site. All Virginia CLE® publications include free shipping.

Lower Registration Fee and Greater Functionality with Downloadable E-Book Seminar Materials

ALL seminar registrants will receive access to a complete set of downloadable e-book seminar materials. E-book materials are searchable, easily accessible, and efficient to use.

When registering, please be sure to provide a legible, valid e-mail address to which Virginia CLE® can send a link to the e-book materials.

Registrants who elect a registration option that includes downloadable e-book seminar materials only and not the printed materials will receive, at the seminar, a short, printed seminar outline with space to take notes.

Printed Materials: You still have the option of receiving a complete set of printed materials for a higher registration fee. Registrants who choose this option will receive printed materials at the program.


To receive access to the downloadable e-book materials BEFORE the seminar AND register for the lower fee, your registration must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar.  A link to the downloadable e-book materials will be e-mailed to you two business days before the seminar.  Once you download the materials, you can review them and print the portions you want to bring with you to the seminar.

After 5:00 p.m. THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the seminar, only the registration options that include printed materials will be available.

Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored through 5:00 p.m. of the DAY BEFORE the seminar.  You will, however, be charged $90 for the materials if you cancel your registration for the seminar, or transfer registration to a different seminar, after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE®.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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