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This program has been approved for 8.0 hours of CLE credit including 1.0 hour of Ethics & Professionalism in Kansas and Missouri. Approved for 8.0 hours of CME credit in Kansas.

When: Friday, December 6, 2019
Check in begins at 7:45. Programming begins at 8:30 AM & adjourns at 4:50 PM. (lunch is provided)
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton
200 McDonald Drive
Lawrence, Kansas  66044
United States
Contact: Amanda Kohlman

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This program has been approved for 8.0 hours of  CLE credit including 1.0 hour of Ethics & Professionalism in Kansas and Missouri.

Approved for 8.0 hours of CME credit in Kansas. 

2019 KS Chapter of AAML Conference

High Conflict Divorce (How to Treat the Monster)
And the 2017 Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (Its Impact on Divorce)

Friday, December 6, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton, Lawrence


7:45 a.m.  Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.  Who’s a Parent? Past, Present and Future
Stephanie Goodenow, Goodenow Law, LLC, Lenexa
Valerie Moore, The Law Offices of Valerie L. Moore, LLC, Lenexa
Ronald W. Nelson, Ronald W. Nelson PA, Overland Park
This highly respected 3 - lawyer panel will summarize the evolution of the law regarding third-party parental rights, as well as practical considerations and practice points for domestic practitioners related to their third-party clients and their pursuit of parental rights.”

9:20 a.m.  Ethics (Get Smart, Get Help, or Get Out – How to Navigate Ethical Concerns in High Conflict and Complex Domestic Matters
Jeffrey Lowe, Stinson, Lasswell & Wilson, L.C., Wichita
As the practice of law becomes more and more specialized, even within the domestic law arena, family law lawyers are faced with new and ever-changing ethical challenges related to complex and sophisticated domestic matters.  Mr. Lowe will discuss those challenges, how to address them head-on in your practice, how to engage other lawyers, consultants or experts within those matters, and when to not to accept certain engagements.”

10:10 a.m.  Break

10:25 a.m.  High Conflict Custody, Parenting Time and Divorce Cases (How to Tame or Deal with the Monster) *100  minutes
Bill Eddy, LCSW, High Conflict Institute, San Diego, CA
High-conflict disputes are increasing in all aspects of society, especially in separation and divorce.They often involve one or     more parents, family members, friends and/or professionals with high-conflict behavior, characterized  by:

·        All-or-nothing thinking

·        Unmanaged emotions

·        Extreme behavior

·        Preoccupation with blaming others

·        Prolonged, unresolved conflict

·        Drawing in many other people

·        Draining energy, time and resources

Yet these family conflicts can generally be managed and helped by understanding high-conflict behavior and using skills to manage the conflict that are often different from ordinary family law cases. Matrimonial lawyers will benefit from this day by increasing their understanding of high-conflict personality disorders and learning new methods for managing potentially high-conflict individuals and high-conflict litigation, negotiation and mediation.     

Hour 1:Understanding High-Conflict Personalities
A brief overview is provided of five personality disorders and their common high-conflict behavior, including  family violence and alienation. We will address their preoccupation with blaming others (their “targets of blame”) and how they often draw others into their conflicts (“negative advocates”). We will look at their impact on their children and child development. Brain issues will be discussed for understanding their reactivity and learning how to calm their conflicts and focus them on problem-solving.

Hour 2: Managing High-Conflict Personalities
Four key skills will be presented for professionals, which can also be taught to clients and family members. The CARS Method® includes: Connecting with Empathy, Attention and Respect; Analyzing Alternatives; Responding to Hostility and Misinformation(including writing email responses that are Brief, Informative, Friendly and Firm – BIFF); and Setting
Limits with EAR Statements and Consequences. Issues to consider in managing high-conflict litigation, negotiation and mediation will be briefly addressed.

12:05 p.m.        Lunch

1:15 p.m.          Custody and Parenting Time Issues Now and In the Future (Current Challenges and the Road Ahead)
Susan Myres, Myres & Associates, Houston, TX
Ms. Myers will provide a comprehensive summary of current and future challenges for all domestic practitioners related to progressive custody and parenting time issues, including an update of some recent legal decisions that might impact your custody practice.  This section will specifically focus on anticipated and more prevalent issues surrounding for those domestic practitioners who regularly deal with complex custody and parenting time disputes.”

2:05 p.m.  The Impact in Domestic Law of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Paul F. Wright, The Wright Law Firm, LLP., Dallas, TX
1. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – An Overview of What’s Changed
2. The Tax Treatment of Support Payments
3. Child Tax Credit Increase
          ·        Earned Income Tax Credit
          ·        Adoption Credit
4. Treatment of Pass-Through Income from a Business
5. New Standard Deductions and Elimination of Personal and Dependent Exemptions
6. Limits to SALT and Mortgage Interest Deduction
7. How the Changes Impact After-Tax Income
8. Calculating Spousal and Child Support
9. Negotiating Settlement and Support Agreements
10. Amending Existing Agreements/Orders
11. Additional Considerations

2:55 p.m.  Break

3:10 p.m.  When to Hire a Business Valuator/Consultant of Forensic Accountant in Your Domestic Case
Dr. Jeffrey Quirin, Ph.D. CMA, Accounting, Valuation, & Litigation Advisory Services, Wichita
Jeffrey J. Quirin, Ph.D, CMA, will help you identify common financial issues facing practitioners in their domestic matters, and will provide some practice tips related to when you should hire a business valuator, consultant and/or a forensic accountant for your client’s divorce or other domestic matter.”

4:00 p.m. Hot Tips (5 minutes/10 Speakers on a variety of subjects

1. Dividing Inherited Assets – Marital v Non-Marital
Anne Burke, Burke McClasky Stevens, Overland Park

2. Practice Points and Tips on How to Properly Draft Post-Judgement Motions to Change Residency- a review of In re Marriage of Bahlmann (No.120,019-2019).”
Susan Galamba, McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, P.C., Kansas City, MO

3. The Graying of Divorce
Kathleen Reeves, Kathleen R. Reeves LLC, Wichita
As our population ages so do many of our clients. With older clients, in particular, we need to be aware of different issues such as: Durable Powers of Attorney, Advanced Medical Directives and the possibility of the need for a Guardian Ad Litem.

4. The Use of Daubert Motions to Limit Expert Witness Testimony in Divorce Case
Lynn Ward, Ward Potter LLC, Wichita
In 2014, Kansas adopted the Daubert standard for expert testimony. That standard is set forth in K.S.A. 60-456.  Ms. Ward will discuss how she recently used a Daubert to prevent an expert from testifying in a child support matter.

5Handling of Improperly Issued Business Records Subpeonas and Insuring 60-245 and 245(a) is Complied With
Brian Carman, Stinson, Laswell & Wilson, L.C., Wichita

6. Escalator Clauses in Maintenance Awards-Monslow Revisited
Steve Blaylock, Law Office of Stephen J. Blaylock, Chartered, Wichita

7. The Dean Case
David Morgan, Law Office of Stephen J. Blaylock, Chartered, Wichita
This case is another decision on how to determine a self-employed person’s income for child support purposes. This case analyzes whether or not principal pay-down payments in a rental home business are included in income and compares this case to other Kansas cases on income. This case also includes a good practice tip for appeals.

8. Yes, We Mean It. Well, Other Than When…
Ron Nelson, Ronald W. Nelson, P.A., Overland Park 
The Kansas appellate courts have established a bright-line rule interpreting Kansas law that domestic relations judgments, including for division of retirement benefits not yet in pay out, are subject dormancy and invalidity if not renewed or executed; or have they?   

9. The Use of a Special Master in Discovery Disputes and Other Issues
Jerold A. Bressel, Jerold A. Bressel, Chartered, Overland Park
The establishment and benefit of using a Special Master in a divorce case to assist the Court and parties regarding discovery disputes and in asset tracing. This presentation also provides forms for the appointment of a Special Master, examples of Reports presented to the Court, and obtaining fee payment from the client.

10. The Use of Meditation and Breathing Techniques to Manage Stress
Elizabeth Hill, The Hill Law Firm P.C., Overland Park
Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the moment fully, intentionally and non-judgmentally. Meditation and breathing techniques are ways to reset our nervous system. This allows each of us to increase our focus, our capacity for self-regulation and our ability to demonstrate professional integrity and civility.  

4:50 p.m.  Adjourned

Registration Pricing:
KBA & AAML Member Registration     $320
Non-Member Registration                    $375
Paralegal Registration                          $240

Printed Instructional Material (optional)   $30
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200 McDonald Drive
Lawrence, KS 

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