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Family Law Section


We want to give a big thank you to Heather Collier, Esq., Eric Rollinger, Esq., and Erik Arena, Esq. for presenting on the topic of "Alimony and Child Support Tax Issues--The Top 5 Things Divorce Lawyers Need to Know.” 

Please join us on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1 for the Family Judges' Roundtable.  Judges in the family rotation will answer questions from the Bar, address recurring issues, and discuss emerging legal issues.  This program is essential for all family law practitioners.  Please join us after the Roundtable for our Fall Happy Hour at Bar Louie in Rockville Town Square!

Please SAVE THE DATE for the following events, CLEs, programs and meetings which we have scheduled for the upcoming year for the Family Law Section.

November 17, 2016
**5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1; (Family Judges’ Roundtable)
January 19, 2017
February 16, 2017

March 16, 2017 **5:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1; (Family Law Magistrates’ Roundtable)
April 20, 2017 
May or June 2017
**Practitioner of the Year Award Dinner (Date, Time and Place TBD)
*** Please note that all FL Section Meetings are approximately 1 hour long and will take place at 5:30pm in the Bar Office, CLE Classroom, except as otherwise noted. 

Please join us on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Bar Office, CLE Classroom where Speakers/Panelists: Hon. Cynthia Callahan, Hon. Joseph M. Quirk, Glenn Cooper; Jo Benson Fogel; Casey Weinberg Florance; Jeff Evan Lowinger;  and John Weaver will discuss the topic of Initial Alimony Awards: Bringing Order to Apparent Chaos.  The state of alimony awards can be chaotic - unpredictable, confusing, and inconsistent. This often renders counseling clients and presenting cases rather problematic. This intermediate to advanced level CLE will address significant aspects, including:

(1) Presenting FL §11-106(b) Mandatory Alimony Award Factors at Trial: From Opening to Closing - Strategy, Emphasis, Evidence, and the Court’s Weighing of Factors. Practice tips and avoiding pitfalls.

(2) Rehabilitative vs. Indefinite Alimony: The plan to progress toward self-sufficiency and the meaning of “rehabilitative.” How long is too long for rehabilitative alimony? The interplay and projection of “unconscionably disparate” standards of living and “gross” or “unconscionable” income disparities. The use of income ratio comparisons to determine whether indefinite alimony is appropriate and whether an award amount adequately alleviates unconscionable disparity in lifestyle.

(3) What constitutes a party’s reasonable needs/expenses.

(4) Determining earnings ability and imputing income to a party seeking alimony, and whether expert testimony is necessary. How voluntary impoverishment applies in an alimony case.

(5) Managing the client who refuses to work or develop a plan toward self-sufficiency.

(6) The effective use of Alimony Guidelines.

(7) A “view from the Bench.”

This must-attend CLE will inform you and help sharpen your family law practice.

Please also SAVE THE DATE for the following social events.

Fall Happy Hour – Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. following the Judge’s Roundtable, at Bar Louie in Rockville Town Square.  We hope to see you there! 
Holiday Party – Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Delaney McKinney.  Delaney McKinney has graciously agreed to host what is sure to be another fabulous holiday party. Please contact Linda Lane at to rsvp.  If you rsvp on or before December 1, 2016, the cost is $50.  If you wait until after December 1st, the cost is $55.  Volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated at this event, so please contact Linda Lane to sign up as a volunteer.
Spring Happy Hour – Thursday, March 16, 2017, following the Family Law Magistrates’ Roundtable, location TBD 
End of Year Dinner/Practitioner of the Year Award – TBD in May or June 2017.


Sandra A. Brooks
Christina M. Hughes
Heather R. Sweren


Meeting Dates

November 17, 2016*
January 19, 2017
February 16, 2017
March 16, 2017*
April 20, 2017

*5PM; Courtroom 1

Meetings are held at 5:30p.m. in the CLE Classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.

Social Events

November 17, 2016 -- Fall Happy Hour (following Family Judges' Roundtable, location TBD)
Holiday Party -- TBD in December
March 16, 2017 -- Spring Happy Hour (following Family Law Magistrate's Roundtable, location TBD)
TBD (May or June 2017) -- End of Year Dinner/Practitioner of the Year Award

CLE Seminars

Initial Alimony Awards: Bringing Order to Apparent Chaos
Wednesday, November 30