(Webcast) Hot Topics in Divorce Law

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Program Chair:

Matthew A. Feigin
Katsky Korins LLP

  • If matrimonial attorneys could still gather around water coolers, we would be talking about topics like: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected our practices? How has it affected our clients, their children, and the courts? How should attorneys for parents deal with Attorneys for the Children? What about the recent amendment to the Equitable Distribution Law? How should we set maintenance, if it is no longer tax-deductible? If the judge refuses to sign your Order to Show Cause, can you appeal? And will New York recognize custody arrangements with three parents? A distinguished panel discusses these and other “Hot Topics in Divorce Law.”

    Program Fee:
    $99 for Members | $199 for Nonmembers
    Small Law Firm: $49 for Members

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates, Newly Admitted Lawyers (admitted for the first time in any state or country 2018-2020), In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges, or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • Shireen Arani
    Katsky Korins LLP

    Joshua Kors
    Roven Law Group P.C.

    Alla Roytberg
    The Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C.

    Elliott Scheinberg
    Elliott Scheinberg, Esq.

  • 6:00 pm – 6:05 pm
    Overview

    6:05 pm – 6:45 pm
    Effects of COVID-19:

    a. On court operation
    b. On custody
    c. On financial aspects of divorce, including modifications
    d. On attorney office operations, especially for small firms

    6:45 pm – 6:55 pm
    Mediation:

    a. Benefits of mediation during COVID-19 and during the post-COVID-19 court reopening stage
    b. Role of the mediator in private mediations and in-court presumptive mediation panels
    c. Role of the mediator in drafting agreements

    6:55 pm – 7:05 pm
    Multicultural Family Disputes

    7:05 pm – 7:10 pm
    Q&A

    7:10 pm — 7:20 pm
    Break

    7:20 pm – 7:50 pm
    Role of the Attorney for the Child and How the Attorneys for Parents Should Relate to Them:

    a. Their mission under current rules
    b. Ethics of dealing with them
    c. Policy considerations about their role
    d. Their and their clients’ access to reports
    e. Whether they can appeal court orders or agreements between the parents

    7:50 pm – 8:10 pm
    Motion Practice in the Appellate Division

    8:10 pm – 8:15 pm
    New Statute Adding Domestic Violence As a Factor in Equitable Distribution

    8:15 – 8:35
    Non-Traditional Family Structures – Including Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology and Same-Sex Families:

    a. Passage of Child-Parent Security Act re assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy
    b. Children of same-sex marriages
    c. Unmarried same-sex couples
    d. Parents with paramours
    e. Children with three parents?

    8:35 pm – 8:40 pm
    Loss of Federally Taxable / Deductible Alimony

    8:40 – 8:50
    Unconscionability of Marital Agreements, Procedural and Substantive

    8:50 – 9:00
    Q&A

  • New York: 3.0 Skills
    New Jersey: 3.4 General
    California: 3.0 General
    Pennsylvania: 2.5 General
    Connecticut: Available to Licensed Attorneys

  • Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Matrimonial Law, Dylan S. Mitchell, Chair
    Small Law Firm, Gary M. Kaufman, Chair

    Co-Sponsored By:
    Small Law Firm Center

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org