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In-Person Program

Military Families & Divorce

How family law issues are affected by military status of a party

Wednesday, 2/16/2011, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
4 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

One result of the longest war in our country's history is the large number of families affected by the multiple deployments of military personnel-active, reserve, and National Guard. The number of divorces in that body of our serving citizenry has risen dramatically. There are long separations with parties in hard to reach distant lands. More and more, family law practitioners are called upon to deal with cases where one or both spouse is in active military service. It has been reported that up to 10% of first-time deployed service members and 33% of second-time deployed service members experience separation, divorce, and other related family issues concerning support or children. There are challenges and complexities in handling military family law matters that are unique to that environment.

When representing a client in active service, or the non-military spouse of one in active service, it is crucial to have a working understanding of what those complexities are and the legal means of handling them. This seminar addresses those unique difficulties, and provides guidelines and benchmarks for effective representation. The expert faculty assist you in navigating the diverse range of issues that, while typically arising in a family law matter, are uniquely affected by the military status of one of the parties. The panel of nationally recognized experts helps you identify those points that are most critical to securing a favorable outcome for both the military and non-military spouse, and to secure the best interests of the children of the parties.

Agenda and written materials

  • Representing the Service Member
  • Service of Process and Jurisdiction with Reference to the Service Members Civil Relief Act
  • Family and Child Support
  • Custody and Visitation Issues
  • Dividing Military Retirement Benefits
  • "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

Table of Contents


John J. Green, Jr., Esq., Green Miles Lipton LLP, Northampton


Susan L.B. Darnell, Esq., Darnell Law, Portsmouth
Francis J. Flanagan, Esq., Flanagan Law LLC, Newport
Anna Schleelein Richardson, Esq., Shelter Legal Services, Newton Center



  • $225
  • $195 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $145 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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