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Presenter: Bruce E. Avery and 2 more

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Military Family Law Practice, Part I
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT

Overview of Military Issues in Family Law Cases
B. Avery

   Military members, military families and military life
   Pay and allowances
   Choosing a venue
   Locating the service member
   Obtaining service of process
   Overview of statutes and rules at play in military cases

Handling Child Custody and Support Issues
K. Robbins

   Jurisdictional issues
   Military issues in custody disputes
   Child and family support
   Spousal support
   Enforcement of support

Military Family Law Practice, Part II
Friday, April 24, 2020, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT

Assisting with Property Division and Division of Military Benefits 
M. Glackin

   Division of real and personal property
   Military retirement benefits
   Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act
   Obstacles to division of benefits
   Methods of division
   VA disability benefits
      • Survivor benefit plan
      • Early separation from the military
   Medical benefits
   Health and life insurance
   Enforcement of awards

What to Do When Military Members Default 
B. Avery

   Complying with the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
   Obtaining a stay of proceedings
   Opposing a stay request
   Effect of SCRA during family law litigation
   Treatment of judgments/orders

Handling Ethical Issues in Military Family Law 
B. Avery, M. Glackin, K. Robbins

   Complying with rules of professional responsibility
   Working with the secretive or dishonest client
   Avoiding the unauthorized practice of law
   Fee agreements, retainers and collection of unpaid fees

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Paralegals/Legal Assistants

Attorney CLE  
     Alabama: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     Arizona: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     California: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     Colorado CLE: 7.0 Hours (1.2 Ethics)
     Florida: 7.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
        7.0 Marital and Family Law Certification
     Georgia: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     Mississippi: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     New Hampshire: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     New Jersey: 7.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     New York: 7.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     Nevada: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     North Carolina: Pending
     South Carolina: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     Texas: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
        TBLS: 6.0 Family Law, Civil Trial Law,
        Civil Appellate Law)
   Vermont: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)

Paralegal CLE
     NALA: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)
     NFPA: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics) 
     Texas: 6.0 Family Law, Civil Trial Law

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is appropriate for attorneys and paralegals with a background in family law. The available, and approved, credits are shown on the front of the promotional brochure. HalfMoon Education is an accredited CLE provider for attorneys licensed in New Jersey, New York, Texas and Vermont. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Arizona and New Hampshire.

HalfMoon Education is an approved provider of New York CLE activities for attorneys. This non-traditional-format course is appropriate for experienced attorneys only.

When prompted, attorneys should provide their license numbers at the conclusion of the instruction for credit reporting purposes.

Course approvals for paralegals are shown on the front of the brochure. Attorney-approved courses qualify for paralegal CLE credit in most states with paralegal CLE requirements.


Bruce E. Avery

Partner with Avery & Upton in Rockville, MD

Mr. Avery served in the Army for 20 years. Since 1993, after he retired from the Army, he has restricted his practice to family law, predominantly in Montgomery County, Maryland. First as a solo practitioner and now in partnership with his daughter, Prudence Upton. He has handled hundreds of divorce, child custody, child support, visitation and other family issues, most often bringing them to resolution without the need for a trial. Mr. Avery is frequently consulted by other counsel regarding military matters and has done presentations for a number of groups regarding military family law. He has been selected by SuperLawyers every year since 2008 and has been selected for listing in The Best Lawyers in America since 2017. Mr. Avery is a certified as a mediator in both general civil matters and family law, focusing on property and child-related issues. He serves as a facilitator for the Family Law Division of the Montgomery County Circuit Court. Mr. Avery is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where he co-teaches Collaborative Practice to law students. He is a trainer for the Collaborative Practice Training Institute training practicing professionals in Collaborative Practice. Mr. Avery is a member and past president of the Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals, Inc. (CDRP) and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the DC Bar, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Bar Association of Montgomery County.

Maureen Glackin

Partner with Reinstein, Glackin & Herriott, LLC, with offices in Bowie, MD and Rockville, MD

Ms. Glackin has been selected for the Top 50 Female Maryland Super Lawyers each year since 2013, and the Top 100 Maryland Super Lawyers each year since 2013. She heads the military divorce department within the firm. Ms. Glackin is one of only 35 fellows in the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and one of only two in the Southern Maryland Area, the other fellow being her partner, Paul J. Reinstein. Her practice is concentrated in the area of domestic law and she is widely sought for her extensive experience representing military service members. As a former military dependent, Ms. Glackin innately understands the unique challenges facing the military service member and spouse during divorce, custody and child support cases. She is frequently hired as a consultant to other attorneys to assist in the representation of military service members and their families. This unique area of expertise, coupled with Ms. Glackin’s detailed understanding of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, has made her a frequent guest lecturer to professional groups and other associations.

Karen Robbins

Attorney-At-Law in Frederick and Montgomery Counties

Ms. Robbins practices family law in Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. She is also an adjunct professor of law at the Francis King Carey School of Law and a member of The Collaborative Practice Training Institute, where she teaches collaborative practice. Ms. Robbins has been selected as a Super Lawyer every year since 2015. She is a member of the Military Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar and the Military Law Committee of the ABA Family Law Section. Ms. Robbins regularly presents and writes for the ABA on military family law issues, and in addition, she produced and presented at the Military Divorce Symposium presented by the Family Law Section of the Bar Association for Frederick County, Maryland (2015). She is the past chair of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County. Ms. Robbins is also a past co-chair of the Child Support Committee of the ABA Family Law Section, and she was a member of the ABA Family Law Section’s Continuing Education Committee. In her non-lawyer capacity, she is a family law facilitator at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. Ms. Robbins is also a court-appointed mediator and a parenting coordinator for both Montgomery and Frederick Counties.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $250.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $250.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.