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September 29, 2021

ABA family law conference to discuss tissue regulation, parental alienation, more

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2021 — Leading practitioners and professionals from across the country will discuss important developments for family law lawyers during the 2021 Section of Family Law Fall CLE Conference, Oct. 6-9.

Three days of programming for new and seasoned family law practitioners will include topics such the future of family law, tissue regulation, parental alienation and consideration of special needs children in a divorce.

2021 Fall CLE Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Family Law

Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 6-9

Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
Orlando, Florida

Program highlights include:

“The Future of Family Law” — A panel of experts will explore the ways family law will be ever changed by the lessons we have learned from our experiences over the past two years, from how substantive legal principles are addressed in a virtual world to how the use of technology in mediations, depositions, trials and even in law practice have changed.

Thursday, 8:45-10:45 a.m.

“Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Child Custody” — This session will focus on the role that domestic and family violence play in impacting children in custody situations. Panelists will discuss systemic trends and trial strategy and litigation tools necessary to assist clients in domestic violence situations when facing custody challenges.

Thursday, 11 a.m.-Noon

“Special Needs Considerations in Divorce” — A panel of experts will provide a road map to planning when there is a spouse or child with a disability. They will discuss public benefits and long-term planning in this interesting intersection between family law and special needs planning.

Thursday, 11 a.m.-Noon

“The Wide World of FDA and Tissue Regulation” — Panelists will provide an overview of the Food and Drug Administration’s involvement in assisted reproduction. They will explore the history of the FDA and its intersection with assisted reproductive technology, regulation of reproductive cells and tissues in regard to fertility clinics, patient diagnostic testing requirements and control over IVF labs, domestic and international transportation of reproductive material and posthumous reproduction.

Friday, 9:45-11:45 a.m.

“Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Will I Still Get Alimony After All? Alimony in the Golden Age of Retirement” — This panel will discuss the impact of retirement on an award of spousal support. Understand how retirement can impact both initial spousal support awards and future modifications. Panelists will also explore how the division of retirement assets in divorce can play a role in future modifications of spousal support.

Friday, Noon-1 p.m.

“Alienated Adolescents: Science, Law and Fallacies?” — A panel of experts will present an overview of the five-factor model used to identify parental alienation and demonstrate how parental alienation is child abuse. The discussion will continue with some of the fallacies surrounding parental alienation commonly cited in the courtroom relative to teenagers and the unique characteristics of adolescents as a unique subset of victims of parental alienation.

Friday, Noon-1 p.m.

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 [email protected].

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