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Family Law Section

2015-2016 Section Meeting Dates
February 25, 2016 
March 24, 2016 **5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Magistrates’ Roundtable)
April 28, 2016
May 26, 2016 **Practitioner of the Year Award Dinner (Time and Place TBD.) 
** Please note that all Family Law Section Meetings are approximately 1 hour long and will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Bar Office, CLE Classroom, except as otherwise noted. 

      Please join us for our next section meeting on February 25, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the BAMC classroom for our program on Child-related Tax Issues—What are they and what do you do with them?” presented by Eric Rollinger, Heather Collier, and Erik Arena.  This program will cover a number of tax issues related to filing status, dependency exemptions, and related tax credits and deductions, which should be on your radar as a part of any case involving children
     Bitcoin: Learn how Bitcoin, a digitally encrypted currency, is relevant to you and your clients.  Join the Family Law Section and the Tax Section on Thursday, February 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Bar Building as we host Andrew Hinkes, Esq., of Berger Singerman LLP in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Mr. Hinkes will discuss the basics of bitcoin, tracing transfers, using bitcoin to buy real property, tax treatment, regulatory issues, bankruptcy issues and anti-money laundering issues.  This cutting edge CLE is not to be missed. Please note early bird rates run through January 21; rates increase on January 22.   
     Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training:  This practical six hour training covers the nuts and bolts of family law, including: (1) Initial Interview/Retainer Agreements; (2) Pleadings & Divorce Grounds, Scheduling Hearings, Uncontested Divorce Hearings; (3) Discovery, Financial Statements, and Marital Property Statements; (4) Pendente Lite Financial Issues, Obtaining Attorneys’ Fees, Voluntary Impoverishment, Child Support, Taking Exceptions to a Magistrate’s Recommendations; (5) Litigating a Child Custody Case; and (6) Marital Settlement Agreements. The extensive materials exceed 700 pages and include many sample forms. The class is scheduled for two evenings: Monday, April 11, 2016 & Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the BAMC CLE Classroom.  The panel of speakers includes Casey Weinberg Florance, Heather Hostetter, Jessica Markham, Howard Soypher, Scott Strickler, and John Weaver. Space is limited to 45 registrants.  The course is free to attorneys who agree to take a pro bono case at the time of the training, and $250 ($270 after early bird rate ends) for those who do not take a pro bono case.
     Finally, please save the date for our Annual Family Law Update on Wednesday, May 4 from 5:30 until 8:30 pm in the BAMC CLE classroom:  Bryan Renehan and Paul Reinstein will present new family law cases and legislative updates from the past 12 months. They will discuss the most recent cases regarding our practice area, including such topics as divorce, custody, contempt, child support, and domestic violence, as well as evidentiary issues. They will also address the impact of recent legislative updates on the practice of family law. Space is limited to 45 registrants.  This CLE is always highly informative and usually sells out–don’t miss it!

Social Media Committee 
     The Family Law Section is now online! For all section information, upcoming events, presentations, and CLEs please “like” our Facebook page: BAMC Family Law Section which is regularly updated with all the Section’s happenings. Find us at Want to see or post pictures from our great events? Follow us on Instagram @BAMCFamilyLaw. Please join our LinkedIn group to find out more about upcoming CLEs and section presentations, read articles by our esteemed presenters, and join in the conversation about the presentations! You can find our LinkedIn group at:
     Got an exciting upcoming event? Contact the Social Media Sub-Committee Chairs, Emily Gelmann,; and Sara Cimino,, to post it on our social media!

Social Events
Spring Happy Hour – Thursday, March 10, 2016, location TBD 
End of Year Dinner/Practitioner of the Year Award TBD in May or June 2016


Sandra A. Brooks
Christina M. Hughes
Christopher W. Roberts


Meeting Dates

February 25, 2016
March 24, 2016
April 28, 2016
May 26, 2016

All meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the CLE Classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.

Social Events

March 10, 2016 -- Spring Happy Hour
May or June 2016 -- End of Year Dinner

CLE Seminars

Bitcoin for Lawyers: Bitcoin, Virtual Currencies, and the Law 

Rita Rosenkrantz Basic Family Law Training

Family Law Update