DIVORCE A TO Z WEBCAST SERIES
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Divorce A to Z Webcast Series

The idea behind the Divorce A to Z Webcast Series stems from a desire to provide Minnesota practitioners with a solid foundation of practical knowledge and key insights into the unique aspects of divorce practice in Minnesota. Featuring contributions from trusted and experienced attorneys, the Divorce A to Z series really delivers! 

ADDED BENEFIT: In addition to the 14 webcasts, all series purchasers will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to the LinkedLaw edition of Minnesota CLE’s Minnesota Divorce Practice Deskbook, a tremendous value!

Times listed are Central Time.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Divorce A to Z: Antenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Jana Deach provides an overview on the law regarding antenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Topics include drafting, amending, revoking, execution, enforcement, and challenging the agreement.
– Jana Deach; Moss & Barnett, P.A.


Wednesday, April 13, 2022
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Divorce A to Z: The Initial Consultation and Screening for Domestic Violence
Leigh Frost shares her tips and best practices for how to start the divorce process on the right foot at the initial consultation stage. Topics include: 

  • Prescreening and Intake Procedures
  • How to Draft Effective Retainer Agreements
  • Best Practices for the Initial Consult
  • Gathering Information 

Rana Alexander explains how the existence of domestic violence in a divorce matter can have a serious impact on custody, ADR options and the safety of all participants. Understanding domestic violence and effective screening is crucial to providing effective representation of all parties. Topics include:

  • Purposes and Benefits of Screening
  • Risk Factors
  • Practice Tips for Various Stages of the Process
  • Suggested Screening Questions
  • Risk Assessment Questions

– R. Leigh Frost; DeWitt LLP
– Rana S. Alexander; Executive Director, Standpoint


Tuesday, April 19, 2022
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Divorce A to Z: Preparing Your Case for Trial – Discovery and Working with Experts
Knowing how to conduct effective discovery and how to work effectively with experts are two crucial trial preparation skills for the family law practitioner. David Gapen will guide you through the specialized discovery practice that applies in family law matters and provide practical tips, including how to conduct the ever more popular process of "informal discovery." Zak Kretchmer will address how to work with the wide variety of experts used in family practice, including: identifying necessary experts; what questions to ask; and what information to provide to ensure reliable advice and feedback.
– David C. Gapen; Gapen, Larson & Johnson, LLC
– Zachary A. Kretchmer; Kretchmer Family Law PLLC


Tuesday, April 19, 2022
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Divorce A to Z: Commencing the Dissolution Proceeding
Learn what you need to know about commencing a family court proceeding. Topics include:

  • Governing law and rules
  • Jurisdiction
  • Venue
  • Service of process
  • Initial pleadings
  • Alternatives to traditional commencement
  • Judicial assignment
  • Early Case Management
  • ADR

– Rebecca K. Schack; Meier Schack, LLC


Wednesday, April 20, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Divorce A to Z: ADR and ECM in Minnesota – How to Optimize Outcomes Through Early Intervention
The overwhelming majority of family law cases settle without the need for a trial before a judicial officer. The reason is that Minnesota has well-developed ADR methods for resolving family disputes and an early case management system throughout the state that is used in family law matters. Both of these systems offer many opportunities for parties to optimize outcomes without resort to trial. Jack DeWalt, Melissa Chawla, and Christopher Vatsaas provide an overview of these processes as well as tips and best practices for using ADR and ECM in Minnesota.
– Melissa Chawla; DeWalt, Chawla + Saksena, LLC
– Jack W. DeWalt; DeWalt, Chawla + Saksena, LLC
– Christopher L. Vatsaas; Chestnut Cambronne PA


Wednesday, April 27, 2022
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Divorce A to Z: Establishing Parentage, Custody, and Parenting Time
What you need to know about determining parentage, custody and parenting time in family law matters. Topics include:

  • Governing law
  • Paternity testing
  • Child development issues
  • ADR options
  • Litigation
  • Practice tips

– Referee Victoria Elsmore; Second Judicial District
– Kendal O’Keefe; Arnold, Rodman & O’Keefe, PA


Friday, April 29, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Divorce A to Z: Interstate and International Custody
This presentation is a replay of a webcast originally presented December 9, 2021.
In our global and mobile society, both interstate and international custody issues are becoming ever more commonplace. Yet, these situations pose complex issues that go far beyond the typical single jurisdiction case. Join Minnesota Divorce Practice Deskbook author and experienced international family law practitioner Valerie Arnold for a review of what you need to know and consider if you are dealing with an interstate or international custody situation.
– Valerie D. Arnold; Arnold, Rodman & O’Keefe PA


Wednesday, May 4, 2022
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Divorce A to Z: Understanding the Determination of Child Support and Spousal Maintenance
Jim and Sonja share their experienced perspectives on the essential elements and strategies for determining child support and spousal maintenance in a family law matter.  They will address the relevant statutory frameworks, applicable law, modification, and practical tips for presenting and defending against claims for child support and spousal maintenance. 
– James J. Vedder; Moss & Barnett, PA
– Sonja M. Nyberg; Nancy Zalusky Berg LLC


Wednesday, May 11, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Divorce A to Z: Attorney’s Fees and Defaults
This presentation is a replay of a webcast originally presented December 22, 2021.
Learn how to properly claim and successfully pursue attorney’s fees, as well as how to defend against claims for attorney’s fees. Discover the various stages of a family court proceeding at which default may occur and the procedure for obtaining default relief, including initiating the request for default relief and conducting the default hearing. Finally, learn the process for reopening a final order.
– Melissa J. Chawla; DeWalt, Chawla + Saksena, LLC
– Jason C. Kohlmeyer; Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office Chtd.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Divorce A to Z: Property Division
Property issues in dissolution cases can present a variety of challenges for the practicing attorney. The best approach for the attorney is to be prepared and thorough. This includes gathering the necessary information for the client to make an informed decision and then assisting the client in obtaining that result. Join experienced family law practitioners Melissa Nilsson and Anne Haaland for insight into what being “prepared and thorough” actually means in practice.
– Melissa J. Nilsson; Henson & Efron, P.A.
– Anne R. Haaland; Henson & Efron, P.A.


Friday, May 20, 2022
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Divorce A to z: Nuts and Bolts of Motion Practice and Pretrial Hearings in Minnesota
Family court motion practice has its own set of rules, distinct from the general Rules of Civil Procedure. In this presentation, our panel of judicial officers will lead you through the nuts and bolts of family court motion practice and provide practical advice on the ins and outs that may not be readily apparent from a simple review of the rules and procedures.  Also included are discussions of pretrial hearings and temporary motion hearings.
– Referee Elizabeth Clysdale; Second Judicial District
– Referee Mary Madden; Fourth Judicial District
– Referee Rebecca Rossow; Second Judicial District
– Susan D. Minsberg; Minsberg Law Office


Friday, May 20, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Divorce A to Z: How to Appeal Decisions in Family Court Matters
Appellate practice is highly specialized, with its own set of rules, deadlines, and procedures. Failure to follow these rules can result in loss of the right to appeal. Therefore, it is critical to have a good understanding of appellate procedures when representing family law clients – even if appellate counsel will be stepping in at some point.  Join us for a thorough overview of family law appellate practice.  Topics include:

  • Preserving issues for appeal
  • Standards of review
  • Appellate process
  • Mediation program for family matters

– Referee Victoria Elsmore; Second Judicial District
– Sarah A. Peterson; Collins Buckley Sauntry & Haugh, PLLP


Thursday, May 26, 2022
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Divorce A to Z: Enforcement, Contempt, and Closing Out a Divorce File
This presentation is a replay of a webcast originally presented December 21, 2021.
Family law practitioners are often consulted in instances where a party is failing to comply with the court’s order in some respect. There are multiple remedies available in these situations, and Laurie Mack-Wagner is here to discuss which ones are appropriate in different situations and the requisite steps involved.Properly closing a dissolution file is critical. Failing to do so may create significant problems for the client and potentially for the practitioner. Letty M-S Van Ert discusses closing work and the importance of using the checklist included in the Deskbook.
– Laurie A. Mack-Wagner; Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C.
– Letty M-S Van Ert; Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC


Friday, June 3, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Divorce A to Z: How to Prepare and Present Your Case for Trial in Family Court
Preparation for a family court trial begins at the commencement of a case and continues throughout. Join Minnesota Divorce Practice Deskbook author Lymari Santana and colleague Libby Due to find out what you need to do from commencement through trial to present your best case in court. Topics include:

  • Early stages
  • Timing of trial
  • Moving to Trial
  • Trial plan and outlines
  • Putting the case together
  • Presenting the case and making the record
  • Considerations during trial

– Lymari J. Santana; Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C.
– Libby Due; Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C.

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Need-based scholarships are available for in-person and online seminars. For further information or to obtain a scholarship application, contact us at 800-759-8840 or customerservice@minncle.org.

This package provides 16.0 total CLE credits. Credits should be reported individually for each webcast attended, not the package as a whole.

Minnesota CLE has applied to the Minnesota State Board of CLE for the standard, ethics, and elimination of bias CLE credits as listed below. Application has been made to the Minnesota State Bar Association for any "specialist" credits and to the Supreme Court ADR Program for any continuing education in ADR credits.

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Divorce A to Z: Antenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
1.0 standard CLE credit

Divorce A to Z: The Initial Consultation and Screening for Domestic Violence
1.5 standard CLE credits

Divorce A to Z: Preparing Your Case for Trial – Discovery and Working with Experts
1.5 standard CLE credits

Divorce A to Z: Commencing the Dissolution Proceeding
1.0 standard CLE credit

Divorce A to Z: ADR and ECM in Minnesota – How to Optimize Outcomes Through Early Intervention
1.0 standard CLE credit

Divorce A to Z: Establishing Parentage, Custody, and Parenting Time
1.5 standard CLE credits

Divorce A to Z: Interstate and International Custody
1.0 standard CLE credit

Divorce A to Z: Understanding the Determination of Child Support and Spousal Maintenance
1.0 standard CLE credit

Divorce A to Z: Attorney’s Fees and Defaults
1.0 standard CLE credit

Divorce A to Z: Property Division
1.0 standard CLE credit

Divorce A to Z: Nuts and Bolts of Motion Practice and Pretrial Hearings in Minnesota
1.0 standard CLE credit
1.0 civil trial specialist credit 

Divorce A to Z: How to Appeal Decisions in Family Court Matters
1.0 standard CLE credit
1.0 civil trial specialist credit

Divorce A to Z: Enforcement, Contempt, and Closing Out a Divorce File
1.5 standard CLE credits

Divorce A to Z: How to Prepare and Present Your Case for Trial in Family Court
1.0 standard CLE credit
1.0 civil trial specialist credit 

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