Bi-annual Case Law and Annual Legislative Updates in Family Law (from Annual Advanced Family Law 2022)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Tuesday, July 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
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  • Telephone with Live Q&A
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Designation Credit: 2.0 Divorce and Family Law (Designations Information)
GAL for Children CE Credit: 2.0 (GAL Information)
Registration Fees: Webcast: $159
Telephone: $179


Why Attend?

  • Learn about the latest developments in family law
  • Gain insight into why certain legislation was not enacted and the rationale behind legislation that was enacted
  • Ensure knowledge and compliance with the most recent legislative changes
  • Ask questions of and get answers from the speakers

A replay of two sessions originally presented at the 38th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar in April 2022, this program offers an opportunity for Q&A with the speakers and qualifies for live-interactive MCLE credit.

Experienced Virginia family law practitioners will review and analyze all of the important published and unpublished opinions from the Virginia appellate courts over the past six months. Practitioners need to keep abreast of new developments in the law and interpretations of the relevant family law statutes in this everchanging landscape.

Attendees will also learn about the significant legislative amendments relating to family law enacted by the 2022 General Assembly. Be aware of significant legislative changes, including a detailed analysis of a child support change effective July 1, 2022, which now prevents the imputation of income for inmates incarcerated for over 180 days. The speakers will explore the history of the amendment and its adverse policy impact, and will provide a detailed summary and blueprint on how to fight petitions for the modification of support awards filed by inmates to render minimal the effect of the statute. The discussion will also cover a change to VRS retirement divisions for their defined contribution plans, an amendment to the retroactive date for beginning support when a juvenile court action is divested by the filing of a circuit court action, amendments to the adoption statutes, and other important changes to the child support statutes.

If you represent family law clients, you don’t want to miss this seminar!


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COURSE SCHEDULE (July 19) (Eastern Time)

10:00 Bi-annual Case Law and Annual Legislative Updates in Family Law (from Annual Advanced Family Law 2022)
12:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.



Lawrence D. Diehl, Barnes & Diehl, PC / Richmond

Lawrence D. Diehl is a member of the law firm of Barnes & Diehl, PC, and his practice is limited to family law.  He practices in the central and southside Virginia area and co-counsels in cases throughout the state.  He received his B.A. from Bucknell University (1971) and his J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary (1974) (Associate Editor, W&M Law Review 1973-74).  A summary of his professional highlights is as follows:

  • Past chairman, Family Law Section, Virginia State Bar (1994-95).
  • Legislative Chairman, Family Law Section, Virginia State Bar, 1988 to 1996.
  • Chairman, numerous Virginia legislative study committees on family law issues and primary drafter of numerous portions of Virginia’s equitable distribution statutes, including source of funds and pension division revisions, rehabilitative alimony, the shared custody child support guidelines, life insurance as security for spousal support, and effect of retirement on modification of spousal support.
  • Co-author of Virginia’s leading family law treatise, Virginia Family Law: Theory and Practice (Thompson-Reuters 2019 ed.).
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1990-current):

President, Virginia Chapter 1999-2001. National Legislative Chairman of AAML from 1993 to 2000.

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White); Listed in Richmond magazine (July 1999 issue) as one of top 4 family law attorneys in the Richmond, VA area.
  • Frequent CLE lecturer, both in Virginia and nationally, on such topics as state and federal family law legislation, equitable distribution, child support, appellate practice in Court of Appeals.
  • Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section, on June 16, 2000, recognizing his contributions to the field of family law in Virginia. Recipient of Lawyers Weekly Hall of Famefor 2019.
  • Recipient of the Gardener G. DeMallie, Jr. Award by the Virginia Law Foundation Joint CLE Committee, on June 13, 2001, recognizing his contributions in providing CLE lectures and legal education to the Virginia State Bar and nationally.
  • Has handled over 108 appeals in the Virginia Court of Appeals and Virginia Supreme Court through 2021.
  • Best Lawyers of America, 2010 Richmond Area Family “Lawyer of the Year” (11/16/09); 2018 Top 10 Super Lawyer in the State. Listed as the Number 1 Lawyer in the entire State of Virginia by Super Lawyers in 2020.

Craig W. Sampson, Barnes & Diehl, PC / Richmond

Craig W. Sampson is a shareholder at Barnes & Diehl, PC in Richmond, Virginia. He handles complex divorce, custody, and support matters in courts throughout the Commonwealth. Before joining Barnes & Diehl, he was the principal of Sampson Law Firm, PLC, where he handled family law matters and criminal cases at all levels of the state and federal systems, including successful petitions for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. He is a past president of the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association. He lectures semi-annually on the Updates in the Law at the Advanced Family Law Seminar presented by Virginia CLE®, and he has presented on multiple occasions at the Bench Bar Conference in Richmond.

Mr. Sampson has published multiple articles over the years in the Virginia Family Law Quarterly. He was an adjunct professor of Family Law Ethics at the University of Richmond School of Law from 2017 to 2019, and he was a recipient of the 2017 Leader in the Law Award. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.  He is also a co-author of the family law treatise known as Virginia Practice:  Family Law: Theory, Practice, and Forms, which is published annually by Thomson Reuters.

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