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Family Law from the Experts:
Determining and Characterizing Income

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Income is the driving force behind the most critical determination in family law cases - i.e., child and spousal support. It is also an important factor affecting other issues, such as the retention of experts and attorney fee liability. At its most basic, income determination requires an assessment of the actual cash flow available to each spouse, but it also frequently involves complicated assessments of additional forms of income. For example, attorneys and courts routinely grapple with complex issues involving sheltered income (stock options, restricted stock units, etc.), fluctuating or uncertain income (overtime, bonuses, sales commissions, etc.), and passive income from businesses owned by spouses.

California Family Law Report (CFLR), the preeminent provider of continuing education on family law, brings together a distinguished faculty of forensic accountants, trial attorneys, and judicial officers who will provide you with the in-depth information and analysis you need to effectively present and challenge income determinations in court. These highly respected professionals will also bring you up to date on critically important changes in the tax law brought on by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), particularly in the area of sheltered income. You will not want to miss this exciting program!



• Judge Thomas Trent Lewis / Program Director
• Justice Dennis A. Cornell
• Marie Ebersbacher
• Ronald S. Granberg
• Marc Peter Kaplan
• Tracy Farryl Katz
• Anne C. Kiley
• Brian P. Brinig


Course Highlights

• Bonus income
• Overtime
Ostler/Smith orders and qualifying income
• Determining reasonable and representative income under In re Marriage of Riddle (2005) 125 Cal.App.4th 1075
• Spending down capital gains or loan proceeds as a form of income
• Perquisites and changes in deductibility under TCJA
• Small business income and restructuring entities to maximize tax benefits
• Schedule E pass-through income

• Qualified business income: What it is and which entities qualify for the deduction
• Non-cash pass-through income
• Capitalization of income under In re Marriage of Blazer (2009) 176 Cal.App.4th 1438
• Stock options as a source of support
• Restricted stock units
• Other forms of income
DissoMaster™ entries in light of TCJA


Course Materials

Enrollees will receive a complete version of all slides used by the presenters, plus other supplemental materials. You have the option of receiving either printed course materials OR course materials on a 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 also 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 Credit
: 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.





Dates and Locations
Course Logistics


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




Costa Mesa
November 9, 10 & 11, 2018 (Fri. - Sun.)
Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Boulevard
(714) 540-2500




Santa Clara
November 16, 17 & 18, 2018 (Fri. - Sun.)
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway
(408) 200-1234



Download Course Brochure (enrollment form included)
Download Enrollment Form






Early Bird Tuition ........ $1,595
Advanced Tuition ........ $1,895
"At Door" Tuition ......... $2,495


SPECIAL PRICE for previous CFLR Attendees:
$100 off for each CFLR program attended in 2018

(previous attendance subject to verification)
Call 800 747-3161 ext. 2 to enroll at discounted price


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 (all locations):


Advanced tuition deadlines:
Costa Mesa: 11-2-2018
Santa Clara: 11-9-2018




Special Offers For Enrollees


California Practice Guide: Family Law
$357.00 + sales tax
(regularly $714)


California Practice Guide: Family Law FORMS
$166 + sales tax
(regularly $332) 


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

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