Florida Family Law Practice for Paralegals: Assisting in Cases Involving Children
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Live Seminar in Fort Lauderdale, FL or Live Online Webinar
Monday, January 30, 2023 | 8:30 am – 4:00 pm EST
Katherine O. Birnbaum
Marck K. Joseph
Tiffany N. Mody
Sarah E. Kay
Assisting in Child Custody Disputes
Review of statutory terminology and criteria
for determining custody
Examining recent case law
Obtaining relevant information
• Client interview
• Formal discovery
Educating your client
Preparing the client for assessment/evaluation
Working with experts
Working with the guardian ad litem
Preparing for trial
Obtaining a custody modification
Assisting with Preparation of Parenting Plans
Providing for support
Allocating medical expenses
Assigning parenting rights and duties
Calculation of parenting time
Providing for conflict resolution
Other optional provisions
Obtaining, Enforcing and Modifying Child Support Awards
Current status of Florida child support law
Applying the child support guidelines
Obtaining relevant information from your client
Investigation and formal discovery
Using the child support calculator
Preparing the child support order
Completing withholding and medical support orders
Public and private enforcement of child support
Modifying child support orders
Assisting in Matters Involving Allegations of Abuse or Neglect
Defining abuse and neglect
Reviewing recent case law
Investigating allegations of abuse and neglect
Obtaining/opposing protective orders
Identifying and Resolving Ethical Issues in Cases Involving Children
Defining and promoting the best interest of the children
Understanding the scope of client confidentiality
Working with family law clients while preventing the unauthorized practice of law
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6.0 CLE Hours (Includes 1.25 Ethics Hours)
6.0 CLE Hours (Includes 1.25 Ethics Hours)
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar and webcast are open to the public and offer 6.0 CLE hours to paralegals. Paralegal certification is not required to participate in this webinar.
The National Association of Legal Assistants has approved this course for 6.0 total CLE hours, which includes 4.75 substantive CLE hours and 1.25 legal ethics CLE hours.
This course has been submitted to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) for accreditation, which is currently pending.
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Completion certificates will be awarded to seminar participants who complete this event and to webcast participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).
Katherine O. Birnbaum Esq.
Katherine O. Birnbaum, Esq. – Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC
Ms. Birnbaum began practicing law in Broward County, Florida exclusively in the area of marital and family law approximately 27 years ago. She is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law. There are only 30 Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorneys in Broward County, Florida as of 2021. Marital and Family Law Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. In addition to her certification as a specialist in marital and family law, she became Certified as a Family Law Mediator in 2006 and has mediated extensively since that time. She completed the training for Collaborative Law and began handling Collaborative Divorces in 2019. She also served as a Guardian Ad Litem from approximately 1990 – 2010.
Marta Estevez – Neave Family Law
Growing up as a fist generation Cuban American, with a physician father, Ms. Estevez was imbued early in life with a desire to help others in distress. Ms. Estevez’s empathetic demeanor compelled her to further focus on those less fortunate. As a result, Ms. Estevez spent most of her 16 years of family law experience working in public service for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida. She is now an associate at Neave Family Law. Neave Family Law is a boutique firm that practices matrimonial and family law in Ft. Lauderdale. Ms. Estevez’s compassionate nature, coupled with an incisive legal mind, make her an ideal advocate to handle complex divorce and child-custody proceedings. The nature of her work also led Ms. Estevez to spend a great deal of time in front of family court judges throughout South Florida. In the process, Ms. Estevez earned a reputation for being meticulous in her preparation and a tenacious advocate on behalf of her clients. She is well-known and respected for her candor and integrity. Possessed of a strong sense of community service, Ms. Estevez is a member of the Broward Victim’s Rights Coalition, the Florida Statewide Fatality Review Team, Southern Legal Counsel’s Executive Board, Co-Chair of the Broward County Bar Association’s Family Law Section, Florida Bar Domestic Violence Committee, and is an appointed member of the Broward County Commission’s Human Rights Advisory Board.
Marck K. Joseph Esq.
Marck K. Joseph, Esq. – The Joseph Firm, P.A.
Mr. Joseph, Esq., is the founder and owner of The Joseph Firm, a South Florida-based practice focusing exclusively on Marital and Family Law. His strong passion for justice has resolved hundreds of cases for clients, involving divorce, alimony, equitable distribution, paternity (establishment and disestablishment), time-sharing (custody/visitation rights), child support, and domestic violence. He is also a Florida Supreme Court-certified family mediator and collaborative law practitioner. Mr. Joseph also serves on various committees, including the 11th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, the Family Law Rules Committee, and the Florida Bar Family Law Sections Legislative Committee.
Sarah E. Kay Esq. BCS
Sarah E. Kay, Esq. BCS – Kay Family Law PLLC
Ms. Kay is a trial-tested litigator who is board certified in marital and family law by The Florida Bar, and who also is experienced in collaborative divorce. She is a certified family law mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and serves as a guardian ad litem. Ms. Kay is passionate about supporting her community by helping families resolve, reduce and perhaps even prevent family conflicts in positive, effective, efficient, and dignified ways. Because Ms. Kay is experienced in both private dispute resolution and litigation, her family law and special needs law clients can choose from options that are the most beneficial to their cases. She is also mother to three children, two of whom have unique needs and gifts. For her, it’s all about family. She offers a professional commitment to understand and embrace each family’s exceptional qualities. Ms. Kay proudly serves the greater Tampa Bay area through her law firm Kay Family Law PLLC in Tampa.
Tiffany N. Mody
Tiffany N. Mody – Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC
Ms. Mody is an associate with Birnbaum, Lippman & Gregoire, PLLC. Mrs. Mody practices exclusively in the areas of matrimonial and family law. Prior to joining the firm, she pursued a Master of Laws (LL.M.), achieving a Degree Specialization in International Business and M.B.A. at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. One of her passions is helping families and children through life’s difficult situations. She has given back to her communities by participating in numerous charitable organizations benefiting children, veterans, the disabled, and animals. She is an Advisory Board member of Horses Healing Hearts, a charitable organization in Delray Beach, Florida that provides equine-assisted therapy in response to the impact of substance abuse and trauma on children and families. Mrs. Mody is an avid Florida Gator fan and enjoys the beach, nature, and poker.