May 01, 2018

International issues, assisted reproductive technologies the focus of ABA Family Law spring conference

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2018 — Leading practitioners and professionals from across the country will discuss important developments for family law lawyers during the 2018 Spring CLE Conference hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Family Law, May 9-12 in Nashville, Tenn.

The conference features a full day of programming highlighting international family law and assisted reproductive technologies on May 9. In addition, there are three days of programming for new and seasoned family law practitioners on topics such as child custody issues across state lines, when immigration law intersects with family law and taking into account entitlement programs in divorce actions.

What:        
2018 Spring CLE Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Family Law

When:       
May 9-12

Where:      
Omni Nashville Hotel
250 Fifth Avenue, South
Nashville, Tenn. 37203

Program highlights include:

“The Child’s Voice: Cross-Border Parentage—When Hague and Child-Abduction Conventions, Rights of the Child and Issues of Habitual Residence Apply to Your ART Case” — With step- or second-parent adoption internationally there are issues of Full Faith and Credit/Comity and questions of whether The Hague or Child Abduction conventions apply, especially if such adoptions relate to parentage through surrogacy. If the conventions do apply, the related complications can be extensive.

10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Cumberland 1 & 2

“A Coat of Many Colors: The European Human Rights Dimension of ART Families” — Many European countries differ in approaches toward surrogacy and assisted reproduction, leading many European intended parents to access ART overseas. In recent years, both the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) have had to grapple with human rights issues, particularly when domestic law does not recognize the child born as a result of ART as a child of the IPs. An international panel of experts will cover key decisions from the European Court of Human Rights and the CJEU.

1:20-2:20 p.m. Wednesday, Cumberland 1

“When Immigration Law and Family Law Do-Si-Do” — Federal immigration law determines who can study, work and live in this country. A panel will discuss immigration and family law crossover topics, including fiancé(e) visas; family-based immigration; international adoptions; the affidavit of support; immigration benefits for survivors of domestic violence; and the effect of immigration status on custody, parenting time, child support and spousal support.

11 a.m.-noon Thursday, Broadway Ballroom A

“UCCJEA and Relocation: Jurisdictional Problems” — When one parent wishes to relocate to another state, the other parent (and the court) may be concerned about the potential loss of jurisdiction over any

subsequent modifications of the custody order. This session will discuss the exclusive continuing jurisdiction provision of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), parental agreements and other jurisdictional considerations in relocation cases.

11 a.m.-noon Thursday, Broadway Ballroom C

“Untangling Safety Nets” — Divorce can substantially impact Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and numerous other benefits available through federal entitlement programs. A panel will explore several

issues regarding entitlement programs that should be taken into consideration when advising clients who

are contemplating or already involved in a dissolution of marriage action.

11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Broadway Ballroom B

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free for members of the press. For media credentialing and more information, please contact Priscilla Totten at 202-662-1094 or Priscilla Totten@americanbar.org.

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