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2019 Basic Training: Family Law

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CFLR's Basic Training: Family Law is a comprehensive program, designed and taught by experts in the field for lawyers and their support staff with limited experience in the practice of Family Law. It is also beneficial to family law lawyers who want a thorough review of best practices. This "how to" course takes you step-by-step in handling a marriage dissolution case, commencing with initial client intake and developing a competent case plan, seeking and resisting immediate pendente lite relief, and continuing through to judgment and postjudgment matters. We focus on current practice and apply the new and amended procedures and forms.

You will learn the importance of each element of the Family Law forms - including the Petition and Response that begin the case, the Request for Order that initiates an OSC or motion hearing, the all-important Supporting and Responsive Declarations that can make or break your request for, or opposition to, interim orders, and the mandatory Declarations of Disclosure required to satisfy your clients' fiduciary duties. Our panel will also explain the substantive law and strategies to be considered in competently maneuvering through the many forms and procedures. No matter which side you represent, you will hear invaluable practice pointers from the experts.

• Judge Thomas Trent Lewis
• Mary J. Martinelli

Course Highlights

  • Initial Client Intake (fee arrangements; conflict of
     interest/ethical considerations)
  • Prefiling Fiduciary Duty Considerations and Automatic
     Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Exploring Nonlitigation Options (Mediation, Collaborative
     Law, etc.) and Gathering Information to Prepare the Case
  • Where to File (Jurisdiction, Venue)
  • Drafting the Petition, UCCJEA Forms, Preliminary
     Declaration of Disclosure and Related Forms
  • Preparing Initial Request for Order - Custody/Visitation,
     Support and Attorney Fees/Costs; Protective Orders;
     Applications for Emergency Orders
  • Domestic Violence Proceedings
  • Separate Civil Cases and Doctrine of Consolidation of
     Related Proceedings

  • Initial Client Intake (fee arrangements; conflict of
     interest/ethical considerations)
  • Impact of Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Attacking Jurisdiction
  • Drafting the Response and Determining Appropriate
     Requests for Affirmative Relief
  • Responding to the Initial Request for Order and Preparing
     Respondent's Own Request for Interim Orders

  • Discovery Plans and Interplay With Fiduciary Duties
     of Disclosure
  • Use of Civil Discovery Tools in the Family Law Arena
  • Demand for Production of Documents From Third
     Parties and Privacy Considerations

  • Depositions of Parties and Expert Witnesses
  • Preliminary Declarations of Disclosure and Final
     Declarations of Disclosure
  • Duty of Disclosure Remedies
  • Separate and Community Property; Transmutations
     and Title Issues


  • Family Centered Case Resolution Plans
  • Mandatory Child Custody Mediation
  • Early Neutral Intervention
  • Mediation in Family Law; Confidentiality
     Exclusionary Rules
  • Limited Scope Representation

  • Importance of Findings and Statement
     of Decision


  • Fam.C. §2120 et seq. Set-Aside Relief - When
     and How
  • Custody/Support Modifications: "Change of
     Circumstances" Rule
  • Move-Away Requests (Relocation of Children)
  • Enforcement of Support
  • Enforcement of Judgment
  • Termination of Spousal Support
  • Other Enforcement-Related Issues

Course Materials 
The course materials include a copy of the complete set of slides and worksheets used by the panelists, plus other supplemental materials. Enrollees can choose to receive printed course materials or course materials on USB drive, which allows you to save them to your hard drive and take notes directly next to the material covered. See order form to make your selection.

Enrollees may purchase at special prices TRG's three-volume California Practice Guide: Family Law, written by Judge William P. Hogoboom (Ret.) and Justice Donald B. King (Ret.), and the two-volume California Practice Guide: Family Law FORMS.

18 Hours MCLE/Specialization Credits

Approval of specialization credit in Family Law has been granted by the California Board of Legal Specialization, and approval of MCLE credit for this activity has been granted by the State Bar of California in the amount of 18 hours, including 1.5 hours of legal ethics.




Dates and locations
Course Logistics

Registration: 8:00 AM
Program: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Costa Mesa

October 4, 5 & 6, 2019 (Fri. - Sun.)
Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Boulevard
(714) 540-2500



Download Course Brochure (enrollment form included)
Download Enrollment Form





Early Bird ....................... $795
Advance Tuition ............... $895
50% OFF each enrollment for 2nd and/or 3rd associate(s) from the same firm (applicable for Early Bird and Advance Tuition ONLY - must enroll by Tuition Deadlines)
"At Door" Tuition ............... $995


Tuition Deadlines


Enrollees are entitled to early enrollment discounts. Your registration(s) will be considered “At Door” unless received in our office by the deadline dates listed below (NO EXCEPTIONS):


Early Bird tuition deadline:
9-11-2019 (New Deadline Date - Extended from 8-21-19)


Advance tuition deadline:




Special Offer On DissoMaster For Enrollees


Free first year of DissoMaster for new subscribers only.


To order, please call
(800) 747-3161, ext. 2


Special Offers For Enrollees

TRG’s California Practice Guide: Family Law
50% off


TRG’s California Practice Guide: Family Law FORMS
50% off


To order, please call
(800) 747-3161, ext. 2

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