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October 06, 2022

ABA family law conference to focus on surrogacy insurance, mobile families and more

CHICAGO, Oct. 6, 2022 — Leading practitioners and professionals from across the country will discuss important developments for family law lawyers during the 2022 Section of Family Law Fall CLE Conference, Oct. 12-15.

Three days of programming for new and seasoned family law practitioners will include topics such as divorce and mental illness, insurance for surrogacy, developments in domestic violence law and families on the move in the wake of Covid-19.

2022 Section of Family Law Fall CLE Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Family Law

Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 12-15

InterContinental San Diego
San Diego, California

Program highlights include:

“Mama He’s Ridiculous: You Need to Divorce Him” — Vulnerable and impaired clientele are increasingly opting for separation and divorce and are at increased risk of exploitation and undue influence factoring into their decision on marriage, divorce and allocation of assets. Many factors can interfere with mood, thought processing, memory, judgment, reasoning, insight and decision making. A panel of experts will discuss the benefits of incorporating a forensic psychologist in domestic relation cases, review relevant case law and provide an overview of mental illness as well as psychological assessment techniques that can be applied to cases.

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

“Navigating the Sea of Insurance: Are You Swimming with the Dolphins or the Sharks?” — The world of insurance in surrogacy journeys is ever changing. An expert panel will provide an overview of existing insurance options and will discuss why policy construction and the language included in contracts and judgments matters. They will also discuss liens, coverage issues and other options.

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

“Mobile Families — Interstate and International Family Law Issues” — Post-pandemic life and remote work environments have created more opportunities for parents to relocate with their children — both nationally and internationally. A panel of experts will address issues associated with parental relocation, including parenting plans, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and relevant Hague Convention treaties, as well as support issues and the Uniform Interstate Families Support Act.

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

“Recent Developments in Domestic Violence Law: Using Non-Physical Abuse to Explain a Pattern of Power and Control” — This program will focus on legislative trends across the nation to codify coercive control or non-physical forms of abuse as domestic violence for the purpose

of seeking remedies in family court. A panel of experts will discuss how coercive control shows up in family law matters and identify common tactics used to exert power and control. They will discuss strategies for presenting an effective case that highlights how abusive tactics can support a finding of domestic violence, even if your state does not have an anti-coercive control law.

Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 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]. Note: The ABA requires all attendees provide proof before entering the event that they are fully vaccinated and boosted OR have had a negative COVID test (within one day for antigen tests or two days for PCR tests) prior to entry.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.