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Trying Divorce Cases
Gain valuable insight into how to prepare and try a divorce case
Although only a small percentage of divorce cases are actually tried to conclusion, the successful domestic relations practitioner must be prepared to try cases or to successfully negotiate a settlement. This program helps you improve your trial technique by giving you the unique opportunity to observe seasoned domestic relations practitioners in action. Throughout the program, experienced domestic relations trial practitioners try a mock divorce case from start to finish. A real estate broker and forensic accountant testify about the value of a marital home and how to locate and value assets and small business income. A vocational expert explains attribution of income. A Probate and Family Court judge presides over the trial and critiques each segment as it is presented. Don't miss this opportunity to spend a day with litigation experts to gain valuable insight into how to prepare and try a divorce case!
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • What to Expect and How to Utilize Pretrial Hearings
  • Improving Your Witness and Case Preparation Skills
  • Trial Preparation and Planning—The Last Thirty Days
  • Analyzing the Value of Your Client's Marital Home
  • Locating Hidden Assets and Inconsistencies in Lifestyle and Reported Income
  • Direct and Cross-Examination of Experts on the Value of the Martial Home and Business
  • Depositions at Trial and Use of Financial Statements During Witness Examination
  • Use of the Child Support Guidelines and Alimony Considerations in Preparing Your Case
  • Negotiation Strategies and Techniques
  • When ,Why, and How to Use Dispute Resolution Options as a Trial Alternative
    Input and Commentary from Probate and Family Court Judge Theresa Bisenius
  • “Ask the Experts” Q&A Session and Key Takeaways
Donald G. Tye, Esq., Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston, Chair
Marc D. Bello, CPA/ABV, CVA, MAFF, Edelstein & Company LLP, Boston
Hon. Theresa A. Bisenius, Essex Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Salem
Barbra I. Black, Esq., The Black Law Group, LLC, Woburn
James L. Brick, Esq., Brick, Jones, McBrien & Hickey LLP, Newton
Elaine M. Epstein, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Morgan Fennell, MRA, The Appraisers Group, Belmont
Richard A. Goulet, MRA, The Appraisers Group, Belmont
Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston
Oran E. Kaufman, Esq., Amherst Mediation Services, Amherst
Lisa Gay Kent, Esq., Esser Kent, PC, Greenfield
Linda A. Ouellette, Esq., Lawson & Weitzen LLP, Boston
Donald L. Pitman III, Esq., The Pitman Law Offices LLC, Newburyport
Robert J. Rutecki, Esq., Rutecki Law Office LLC, Milton
Gary Owen Todd, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Laurie R. Tunick, CPA, ABV, CFF, Tunick Financial Services, Danvers
Amanda Vanderhorst, Esq., Kates & Barlow, PC, Boston
Mark J. Warner, Esq., Witmer, Karp, Warner & Ryan LLP, Boston
The materials for this program include MCLE’s recently updated practice handbook, Trying Divorce Cases in Massachusetts, which, along with any other materials, can be downloaded via the link emailed to you upon registration.
Also, there is no need to take extensive notes. Two weeks after the live webcast, all registrants will receive a link to a verbatim transcript of this program.
Dates Earn up to 6.5 CLE credits.
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Friday, October 23, 2020
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday, November 6, 2020
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Tuition (includes written materials)
$202.50 MCLE Sponsor Members
$168.75 New Lawyers admitted to law practice after 2017,
Pending Admittees, Law Students, and Paralegals

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