Essentials of Drafting Separation Agreements (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Divorce and Family Law Practice (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 01/31/2023


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the August 2019 webcast, Essentials of Drafting Separation Agreements.

Topics Covered

  • Learn how to work with clients to draft a clear, concise, and comprehensive separation agreement—a critical skill for all family law attorneys
  • Engage in a discussion with two very experienced family law practitioners to learn their tips and techniques

In this program—ideal for new attorneys, veterans checking in on best practices, or attorneys considering expanding to a new practice area—Julie Day and David Masterman will provide their expertise and perspectives on the basics of drafting separation agreements in Virginia.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is a “separation agreement?” Temporary terms, permanent terms, and modifiable terms can be included—so which do you include?
  • Proper and improper contents for agreements
  • Striking the right balance in the details included in an agreement
  • Understanding the “boilerplate,” and selecting the correct clauses to include
  • How to create and manage partial agreements
  • Does the order of paragraphs in the agreement matter?
  • Managing the agreement during the course of a mediation
  • How to avoid ambiguities that may later haunt the enforcement process
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Julie Hottle Day, Culin, Sharp, Autry & Day, PLC / Fairfax

With twenty-five years of experience in family law matters and small-business transactions and litigation, Julie Hottle Day brings a business sensibility to her divorce practice that benefits her clients in the short and long term. She and her team are known for their attention to detail and depth of preparation on behalf of their clients, whether engaging in litigation or alternative dispute resolution. Their focus is on resolving complex issues to create solutions that will be of long-term benefit to clients and their family members.

An active member of the Virginia State Bar since 1991, Ms. Day is admitted also to the Maryland State Bar and to practice before the United States Supreme Court. With a Northern Virginia office located in Fairfax and a Piedmont Region office located in Warrenton, she has conducted litigation in the Virginia counties of Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, Culpeper, and Orange, as well as in the city of Alexandria. Ms. Day carries numerous professional distinctions, including being named to the Virginia Super Lawyers list as among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Virginia and as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia; named as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, carrying an AV(TM) rating from Martindale Hubbell, and appearing regularly on top lawyer lists in publications such as Washingtonian magazine, Virginia Business magazine, and Northern Virginia magazine. Ms. Day is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Family Law subsection of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the National Association of Woman Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the Fairfax County Bar Association and is an associate member of the Fauquier Bar Association. A frequent public speaker in continuing legal education and other professional settings, she addresses business and divorce issues as well as work-life balance for attorneys. She has appeared on as a guest interviewee commenting on divorce, and has published articles in Family Law News addressing issues pertaining to the handling of business assets in divorce matters.

David Masterman, Masterman Krogmann PC / McLean

In the 1990s, David Masterman served as chair of the Family Law sections of the Arlington County Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Virginia State Bar. After serving on the Board of Governors for the Family Law Section for 6 years and later on the Board of Governors of the General Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar for 2 years, he joined the Board of Governors of the Bar’s Diversity Conference, where he acts as secretary.

Mr. Masterman frequently lectures to other family law attorneys at both basic and advanced family law seminars, with topics ranging from the issues involved in divorce following short marriages, custody, spousal and child support, the effects of parental relocation on child custody arrangements, enforcement and setting aside of agreements, obtaining the best possible property division in divorce, and other issues affecting custody of children, as well as the ethical rules applicable to attorneys in this practice field. He is also the author of a number of materials used as resources by other attorneys.

Mr. Masterman received his undergraduate degree with honors from Grinnell College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Considered an outstanding litigation tactician and courtroom attorney, Mr. Masterman nevertheless emphasizes the importance of exploring settlement when possible. He is considered “mediation-friendly” and is pleased to assist clients with that process. He also has significant experience in preparing and presenting cases in the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Other attorneys, professional athletes, politicians, corporate executives, military members, stay-at-home parents, and virtually every other type of personcan be found among Mr. Masterman’s clientele.

Mr. Masterman carries the “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for skill and ethics, and is listed in its volume on pre-eminent attorneys in the United States. He has been recognized and listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and he has been ranked as one of the top family lawyers by the Washingtonian and Washington Post magazines. He is listed in the Ten Leaders for Domestic Relations Attorneys for Northern Virginia and in Super Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Mr. Masterman practices in all aspects of family law, except adoption matters. He most commonly appears in the circuit courts of Fairfax County, Loudoun County, the City of Alexandria, and Arlington County, but also finds himself occasionally in Prince William and Fauquier Counties.

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