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March 22, 2010

Legal Concerns of Alternative Families, Divorce in “Golden Years” on Tap for Family Law Meeting

More than 200 of America’s top family law attorneys are set to convene in New Orleans to discuss leading family law issues, including custody involving special needs children, assisted reproductive technology laws, handling adoptions and late-in-life divorce. The _ Section of Family Law 2010 Spring CLE Conference will take place April 14 – 17, with headquarters at the Hotel Monteleone.

Thursday, April 15, marks the official start of conference programming, with “Shortcuts and Safeguards in Adoption,” at 8:30-9:30 a.m., focusing on when and how to expedite an adoption process. Also on Thursday, “Death and Divorce in the Golden Years: Does It Get Much Better Than This?” at 9:45 a.m. –12:15 p.m., will analyze the challenges faced by older divorcing spouses, including Medicare, life insurance, housing and Social Security benefits.

Other topics include “Custody and the Special Needs Child,” on April 16, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. In this session family law experts will examine the unique circumstances involved with divorce by parents of a child with physical or mental challenges.

The conference also will feature several assisted reproductive technology programs. They include:

  • Oil and Water: Should Adoption and ART Law Mix in a Perfect Universe?, April 16, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • ART for Non-Traditional Families: The Medical and Legal Ins and Outs of Creating, Formalizing and Altering the Families of Single, Same-Sex and Transgender Parents, April 16, 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • Murphy’s Law: What Should You Do When the Surrogate’s Health Insurance Company Denies Coverage for Maternity Expenses? April 17, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • The Great Debate: Contested Issues in Drafting and Negotiating ART Agreements, April 17, 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Other notable programs include:

  • This Old House: Protecting Your Client’s Interest in What Can Be the Most Valuable and Least Understood Asset in Divorce, April 16, 9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Domestic Violence From the Bench, April 17, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Alimony: Getting It and Keeping It…or Getting Rid of It, April 17, 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Interested reporters may download the complete program here.

The ABA Section of Family Law provides lawyers with education and analysis to further the development of family law and to help members serve their clients competently, efficiently and professionally.

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