Family Law 2019

September 13th & 14th

WVU College of Law, Morgantown WV

WVU vs. NC State

Registration: $295

Football Ticket Price: $80 SOLD OUT!


This seminar is approved for 9.5 total WV MCLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics/Law Office Management credits.

This seminar is approved for 7.75 total PA MCLE credits, including .75 Ethics credits.

This seminar is approved for 7.5 total VA MCLE credits. 

This seminar is approved for 7.75 total OH MCLE credits, including .75 Ethics credits.

This seminar is sponsored by ARAG Legal Insurance

Friday, September 13, 2019 

9:15 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:45 a.m.

Meeting the Permanent Parenting Plan Burden of Proof

Ms. Pool will identify the multiple burdens of proof of each party under W.Va. Code §48-9-206(a)(b) and (d), as amended, when seeking a permanent parenting plan, with suggestions of how to meet them.           

Delby B. Pool, Esquire 
Family Law Associates

10:25 a.m.

Relocation of the Child

An overview of the statutory and case law concerning the relocation of children by a parent when the children are the subjects of a custody Order, with particular attention to the apparent and potential effects of  Nicole L. v. Steven W.  (W.Va., 2019).  Audience participation will be encouraged.           

Richard A. Bush, Esquire 
Richard A. Bush Attorneys at Law

11:15 a.m.

Alimony Issues Untangled

This presentation will deal with an overview of spousal support including tax law changes and other factors that should be considered in addition to the statutory mandates.  It will also include a brief discussion on whether the use of a formula will be beneficial.               

Cinda L. Scales, Esquire 
Scales Law Office

12:05 a.m.

Lunch & West Virginia State Bar Family Law Committee Meeting (Optional)

1:10 p.m.

Family Law Update

Update on Recent Family Law Cases 

Brittany Ranson Stonestreet, Esquire 
Lyne Ranson Law Offices, PLLC

2:00 p.m.

Debt - Is it Marital, Non-Marital, Collectable or Dischargeable?

The presentation will spot issues concerning considerations for evaluating debts in the context of equitable distribution; evaluating how to categorize debt as marital or non-marital (including consideration of student loan obligations and tax obligations) and the overlay of bankruptcy filing on that evaluation process by either one or both parties.  

Andrew S. Nason, Esquire 
Pepper & Nason

2:50 p.m.


3:05 p.m.

Mock Trial Addressing Family Law Evidentiary Issues

A short trial demonstration will be presented, highlighting evidentiary problems common in family law cases and showing how to overcome the hurdles presented by the rules of evidence.   Examples covered include social media posts, offering values without a witness to authenticate, business records and text messaging. This presentation will sharpen your trial and evidence skills. 

Professor Marjorie McDiarmid 
WVU College of Law

Lyne Ranson, Esquire 
Lyne Ranson Law Offices, PLLC

Tim C. Carrico, Esquire 
The Carrico Law Offices LC

4:10 p.m.

10 Practical Technology Solutions for the Family Law and Small Firm Practitioner

This presentation will include at least ten substantive topics that meld “what’s available” with “what works” in small firm law office management and technology. There will be lots of apps and tips too for Apple and Microsoft platforms.

J. Burton Hunter, Esquire 
J. Burton Hunter, III and Associates, PLLC

5:00 p.m.


Saturday, September 14th, 2019 

8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Finding Hidden Assets and Income

This presentation will be discussing the process of finding and accounting for hidden assets and income in divorce cases.      

Shari J. McPhail, Esquire 
McPhail Law

9:55 a.m.

Concept of Double Dipping in Family Law

"Double-dipping" is the trap to which the unwary family law practitioner may risk exposing his or her client to unnecessary financial loss at the hands of the inexperienced FCJ or through the designs of opposing counsel. Double dipping can be manifested in various forms during marital dissolution.                    

Honorable Jim Douglas
Eleventh Family Court Circuit - Kanawha County

11:00 a.m.


12:00 p.m.

WVU vs NC State Kickoff

Tickets: Football tickets are non-refundable and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a 4 ticket limit per registrant. A handling fee may be included in the cost of the tickets.  

Parking: Tuition for each seminar includes a WVU Athletic Department parking pass to the Red Lot around the WVU College of Law. RV and Camper parking is not permitted.

Materials: An electronic PDF written materials book will be sent via email prior to the conference. Attendees have the option to purchase a printed copy of the written materials book for $25 during registration.

Tuition Refund Policy: No tuition refunds will be made if football tickets are also ordered. Registration refunds for those who do not order football tickets will be available if the cancellation is received three business days prior to the conference. Refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee. Preregistered attorneys who do not attend will receive MP3 files of the program.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact the WVCLE office at (304) 293-7255 at least 10 days prior to the program date.