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Monday, October 24, 2022 
8:30 am – 4:10 pm PDT (including a 60-min. break)


Presented by:
Pamela Ross, Sylvia Woods, Morgan Dobis and Esther Rosenfeld

Assisting in Child Custody Disputes
Review of statutory terminology and criteria for determining custody
Examining recent case law
Custody checklist
Obtaining relevant information
• Client interview
• Investigation
• 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 California 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

Use of Evidence Code 730 Evaluations in Custody Matters
Current status of custody law in California
Purpose of an EC 730 Evaluation
Preparing clients for the 730 Evaluation
Information to be sent to the 730 Evaluator
Use of special masters in custody matters
Re-unification therapy
When co-parenting counseling is appropriate

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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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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California Paralegals:
6.0 CLE Hours (includes 1.0 Ethics Hour)

6.0 CLE Hours (includes 1.0 Ethics Hour)

6.0 CLE Hours (includes 1.0 Ethics Hour) 


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 legal ethics hour, for California paralegals. HalfMoon Education is an approved Multiple Activity Provider with the State Bar of California (Provider Number 8370). 

 This webinar has been evaluated and approved by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) for 6.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 legal ethics CLE hour. 

 This webinar has been evaluated and approved by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for 6.0 total CLE hours (5.0 general CLE, 1.0 ethics CLE). 

 Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 


Morgan Dobis

Morgan Dobis, Ratzer | Dobis, A Practice Limited to Family Law
Ms. Dobis is a Californian native growing up in Big Bear California. Ms. Dobis attended University of La Verne where she was a varsity softball athlete. Ms. Dobis attended law school in San Diego and was admitted to the bar in 2012. Since entering the practice, Ms. Dobis has focused on all aspects of family law. She appears regularly in Court and is very experienced in what needs to be presented in Court to succeed. She relies heavily on the assistance of paralegals in her office and guides their efforts on a daily basis. In 2018 Ms. Dobis earned the designation, Certified Legal Specialist in Family Law, as certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

Esther Rosenfeld

Esther Rosenfeld, Rosenfeld Family Law, P.C.
Family law attorney and mediator specializing in divorce, child custody, property division, child and spousal support, relocation cases, premarital agreements, and related issues. Emphasis on mediating and collaborative problem solving whenever possible. Fluent in Hebrew. Rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. Voted “Northern California SuperLawyer” and “Top Women Attorneys of Northern California” by California SuperLawyers magazine, “Top Lawyers in California” by American Lawyer Media. Co-author of CEB’s “Family Law Financial Discovery” and CEB’s “California Child and Spousal Support: Establishing, Modifying and Enforcing.” Guest speaker on KALW’s “Your Legal Rights” and internet-based radio program “Business Leaders Spotlight.”

Pamela Ross

Pamela Ross All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc.
Ms. Ross is the founder and CEO of All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc, a nonprofit based out of Castro Valley that helps low income and modest means clients with family law and restraining order issues, by charging on a sliding scale starting at $15/hr. In addition to serving on the board of All for the Family, she also serves as a member of the Board of the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) and previously served as the chair of the ACBA Family Law Section. Since 2016 she has been selected to the California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers. Since 2017 she has been selected as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorney’s under 40 in Northern California by the NAFLA. In May of 2015 she was honored by VLSC as their Volunteer of the Year and in March of 2014 she was honored by Assemblyman Bill Quirk’s office as the District 20 Woman of the Year in Law.

Sylvia Woods

Sylvia Woods Law Office of Sylvia Woods
At the law office of Sylvia Woods in Oakland City Center, she and her associate attorney, Terry S. Wheeler, along with the rest of their legal team, provide quality legal support and counsel to families throughout the Bay Area. Since opening their practice in 1992, they have earned a reputation for being consistently thorough, honest, understanding, and committed to their clients. They think mediation is often preferable to litigation in family law conflicts, and they welcome high-conflict and multi-ethnic custody cases. Among her professional and community affiliations, Ms. Woods is a member of the Alameda County Family Law Association, the Alameda County Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers of Alameda County.