Family Law Finance Webcast Series

Our Family Law Finance Webcast Series provides crucial financial information that every family law practitioner needs to know. Providing effective legal counsel to your clients requires a thorough understanding of how financial considerations can impact every decision through the entire scope of the representation. Join a team of experienced practitioners to learn about the impact of the new tax law, financial well-being post-divorce, the new parenting expense adjustment, and self-employed income calculations for child support. As a bonus, join a panel of experienced family ADR practitioners for a discussion of current family ADR best practices.

Schedules and Faculty

This money-saving webcast package consists of the following webcasts:

Monday, June 3, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Family Law Finance: Update on the Impact of the New Tax Plan on Divorce Clients and Lawyers

Join Rick and John for an in-depth look at how both divorce attorneys and their clients are affected by the new tax plan. Topics include:

  • Loss of deduction for spousal maintenance

  • Increased importance of child tax credit

  • Changes in itemized deductions

  • 20% reduction of income from flow through entities (in many cases)

  • 21% flat corporate tax

  • Filing status update

  • Alternative minimum tax, both individual and corporate

  • And more!

– Richard C. Berning; Berning & Heidebrecht, Ltd.
– John H. Heidebrecht; Berning & Heidebrecht, Ltd.



Monday, June 17, 2019
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Aim High: Family ADR Best Practices

Join Mediation Center Director Aimee Gourlay and a panel of family ADR practitioners, Karen Irvin, Jennifer Joseph and Sunday Harholdt, for a lively and current discussion of trends in best practices for family ADR matters. Discussion will include newly drafted model PC and PTE orders.

– Aimee Gourlay; Director, Mediation Center
– Karen K. Irvin; Minnesota Mediation and Counseling Center
– Jennifer E. Joseph; Attorney at Law
– Sunday A. Harholdt; Mediation Center



Tuesday, June 18, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Family Law Finance: Client Financial Well-Being Post-Divorce – Planning Strategies and Checklists for Attorneys

This valuable presentation will identify divorce resolutions of a financial nature that require careful, detailed drafting in a Judgment and Decree as well as follow through by clients for months or even years into the future. Our experienced panel will also discuss lawyers’ roles in educating and motivating clients on the steps that need to be taken post-divorce to achieve the outcomes envisioned in the Judgment and Decree. Finally, the presenters will share how to prepare clients for their post-divorce financial realities.

– Mallory Kretman; Laurel Wealth Planning
– Laura Kuntz; Laurel Wealth Planning
– Linda K. Wray; Twin Cities Legal Services, PLLC



Friday, June 21, 2019
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Family Law Finance: The New Parenting Expense Adjustment – Practical Impact and Pitfalls to Avoid

The most recent Parenting Expense Adjustment (PEA) became effective on August 1, 2018, and it impacts how the division of parenting time alters each party’s basic support obligation. It would be easy to assume that this one change could not drastically affect how we calculate basic support, but that assumption would be wrong. The new PEA will dramatically change how we look at parenting time. DeAnne and Karissa will discuss how the new PEA gives the opportunity to take advantage of a more detailed approach but also sets some traps for the unwary.

– DeAnne L. Dulas; Sheridan & Dulas, P.A.
– Karissa D. Richardson; Law Office of Karissa Richardson



Wednesday, June 26, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Family Law Finance: Calculating Self-Employed Income for Child Support and Maintenance Purposes

  • Review of Minnesota Statutes 518A.29 and 518A.30 as they relate to the definition of gross income and income from self-employment or operation of a business;

  • Identify documents required to prepare a self-employed income analysis;

  • Discuss differing levels of service and methods for identifying necessary adjustments;

  • Walk through an example analysis; and

  • Discuss the role of industry benchmarking and resources that can be utilized.

– Quinn A. Driscoll; Value Consulting Group
– Jennifer L. Loeffler; Value Consulting Group