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CLE: Initial Alimony Awards: Bringing Order to Apparent Chaos
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When: Wednesday, November 30
5:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Where: Montgomery County Circuit Court
50 Maryland Avenue
Courtroom 3E North Tower
ROCKVILLE, Maryland  20850
United States
Contact: Yesenia Mendez

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Speakers: Hon. Cynthia Callahan and Hon. Joseph M. Quirk, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judges; Glenn Cooper, Esq. of Paley, Rothman, Goldstein, Rosenberg, Eig & Cooper, Chartered; Casey Weinberg Florance, Esq. of Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC; Jo Benson Fogel, Esq. of Jo Benson Fogel, P.A.; Jeff Evan Lowinger, Esq. of New & Lowinger, P.C.; and John Weaver, Esq. of the Law Offices of John S. Weaver.

The state of alimony awards can be chaotic - unpredictable, confusing, and inconsistent. This often renders counseling clients and presenting cases rather problematic. This intermediate to advanced level CLE will address significant aspects, including:

      (1) Presenting FL §11-106(b) Mandatory Alimony Award Factors at Trial: From Opening to Closing - Strategy, Emphasis, Evidence, and the Court’s Weighing of Factors. Practice tips and avoiding pitfalls.

      (2) Rehabilitative vs. Indefinite Alimony: The plan to progress toward self-sufficiency and the meaning of “rehabilitative.” How long is too long for rehabilitative alimony? The interplay and projection of “unconscionably disparate” standards of living and “gross” or “unconscionable” income disparities. The use of income ratio comparisons to determine whether indefinite alimony is appropriate and whether an award amount adequately alleviates unconscionable disparity in lifestyle.

      (3) What constitutes a party’s reasonable needs/expenses.

      (4) Determining earnings ability and imputing income to a party seeking alimony, and whether expert testimony is necessary. How voluntary impoverishment applies in an alimony case. 

      (5) Managing the client who refuses to work or develop a plan toward self-sufficiency.

      (6) The effective use of Alimony Guidelines.

      (7) A “view from the Bench.”

This must-attend CLE will inform you and help sharpen your family law practice.