When Your Client Refuses to Follow Your Advice

Even though your CFL Designation for Divorce Practitioners gives you the requisite financial knowledge to competently and advantageously draft your clients’ property settlement agreements, your knowledge alone is insufficient if your client refuses to take his or case seriously and follow your advice. Such apparently is what happened in Barnhart v. Barnhart, a case ultimately…


What Defines the Need for Alimony?

One of the most contentious situations you face as a family law practitioner is when one of your high-asset divorce clients likely will have to pay alimony or one of your less financially advantaged clients likely will require alimony. Alimony negotiations tend to be some of the most argumentative and acrimonious divorce conflicts, and while…


New Wrinkles in the Acceptance of Benefits Doctrine

As a family law practitioner, one of the things you often counsel your clients about is their likelihood of prevailing in an attempt to modify their existing divorce decree, child support order, property settlement agreement, etc. Almost invariably, their basis for wanting to modify a previously entered court order is their desire to obtain additional…