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Child Support and Maintenance: 7th Biannual Master Teacher Seminar

Learn from judges and attorneys about critical updates important to family law practitioners at the IICLE® 7th Biannual Master Teacher Seminar: Child Support & Maintenance. Understand changes to the maintenance guidelines, the impact of the Salvatore case on child support awards, and the new 50% soft-cap. Learn how to most effectively collect child support and maintenance, how the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act impacts family law practitioners, how to argue maintenance deviation and review/termination cases, and much more!
Credits: 4.5 General, 0 Diversity/Inclusion PR, 0 MH/SA PR, 1.75 Other PR

Expires: September 1, 2021  

 Moderators:  Gunnar J. Gitlin, Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock
and Nancy Chausow Shafer, Chausow Shafer PC, Highland Park

Critical and Overlooked Language in the 2019 Maintenance Guidelines Amendment: The Required Court Findings—Reviewable Maintenance, Fixed-Term Maintenance, and Reserved Maintenance
The 2019 maintenance guideline amendments did much more than simply make changes to our percentages from the 30/20 rule to a third/quarter rule. Instead, they reintroduced terminology from our case law and introduced many other overlooked provisions within our statute.
Gunnar J. Gitlin, Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock

The State of the Art of Income Withholding
From one of the leading experts, learn about a variety of critical issues for income withholding from the withholding limits to ensuring that the withholding notice conforms to the Federal requirements in order to ensure that it will not be rejected as defective on its face. 
Cynthia Holdren, U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement (Invited)

The $100 Per Day Penalty and How to Best Effectuate Maintenance Only Collection
Learn why maintenance-only support orders are not to be sent to an employer/payor through Income Withholding and what mistakes may force an employer/payor to reject the Income Withholding Order/Notice for Support form you send for child support.
Donald Ray, Ray Law Office, P.C., Rockford

IRMO Salvatore—Can We Get There from Here? Modification of Pre-Income Shares Child Support Awards Support by Medium-to-High-Income Supporting Obligors
Post-income shares, we are seeing far more non-residential parents seeking reductions in support and attempting to demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances. Learn how to best seek reductions (or defend the petition to modify).
Mario Ventrelli, Ventrelli & Simon LLC, Northfield

Tax Implications in Child Support and Maintenance Cases in the Days of the Trump Tax Plan: From the Elusive Dependency Deduction to Maintenance Deductions in Our Pre-2019 Cases
Get an overview of the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) which every practitioner must consider, as it has tremendous impact on the families you represent.  Understand the provisions of the TCJA which have or may in the future affect child support and maintenance.
Jennifer M. Fletchall, Levin & Brend, P.C., Chicago

The New 50% Soft-Cap re Support and Maintenance: How to Argue for or Against It
Get an overview of the language and application of Section 504(b-1), its interplay with Section 505 and a view from the bench on the Court’s discretion in light of Section 504 (b-1).
Hon. Abbey Fishman Romanek, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Jordan Rosenberg, Beermann LLP, Bannockburn & Chicago

Top 5 Tips for Use and Introduction of Family Law Software Child Support and Maintenance Calculations: Beyond Standardized Taxes
(0.25 Professional Responsibility)
Understand why a Family Law Software support calculation may be different from yours. What else can you do with this robust software package to help settle cases, support your advocacy, and get a better result for your client? Maximize your investment in the Software and learn top tips from an expert.
Nancy Chausow Shafer, Chausow Shafer PC, Highland Park

Maintenance Guidelines:  What are They and How Do You Prepare and Argue the Elusive Maintenance Guideline Deviation Case?
(0.5 Professional Responsibility)
Learn about the maintenance guidelines generally with an emphasis on potential arguments in support of a deviation from the guidelines. Understand what constitutes “income” for the guideline maintenance calculation; is imputed income “income” for the guideline calculation or merely a basis for a deviation?
Joshua T. Friedman, Davis Friedman LLP, Chicago

Child Support and Maintenance Enforcement QDROs: Working Smarter, Not Harder
While using Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) for dividing retirement plans as marital property between divorcing spouses is commonplace, an alternate payee under the Internal Revenue Code is defined as a spouse, former spouse, or dependent. Learn how QDROs can also be used as an enforcement tool to pay maintenance (alimony) or child support, as well as how you can retrieve all or a portion of the child support arrearages from the non-custodial spouse’s retirement plan.
Anne Prenner Schmidt, The Law Offices of Anne Schmidt, LLC, Chicago

Setting the Table for Your Temporary Child Support and Maintenance Hearing: Top 10 Tips on Completing the Uniform Financial Affidavit 
(0.5 Professional Responsibility)
Understand how to get your clients as much child support and maintenance as possible as quickly as possible. Become familiar with the new Supreme Court approved forms in Family Law Cases.  Get 10 tips to help you get the most for your client.  Learn the importance of distinguishing between current figures and anticipated post-decree expenses as well as properly footnoting your entries, when needed.
Hon. Pamela E. Loza,
Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
David N. Schaffer, Schaffer Family Law, Ltd., Naperville

Maintenance Reviews and Termination as Baby Boomers Retire: How to Argue For and Against
With the graying of America and the coming of age of the Baby Boomers, divorce lawyers are seeing more and more cases involving maintenance reviews or termination of maintenance upon the payor’s retirement. Get practice tips for arguing both for and against termination or reduction of maintenance upon retirement.
Hon. David E. Haracz,
Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Gloria V. Schmidt, The Gloria Law Group, Chicago

Maintenance Termination and Conjugal Cohabitation: An Update of Statutory and Case Law--Proving It Ethically
(0.5 Professional Responsibility)
The divorce is done, and now one party wants to terminate maintenance based on cohabitation. It is rare to have a “smoking gun”—clear evidence of cohabitation by the maintenance recipient.  Usually, a case will be made or lost based on a totality of the circumstances. Learn what constitutes “resident, continuing, conjugal” cohabitation so you can guide your client, whether you represent the payor or the recipient of maintenance.
Stephanie Kasten, Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock

Counting Overnight—The Bright Line of 146 Overnights and Future Potential Changes to our Income Shares Statute: A Round Table Discussion
Learn about proposed legislative initiatives to change the Illinois Shared Parenting formula, other state’s formulas and how to compute overnights when determining shared parenting.
Margaret A. Bennett, Bennett Law Firm, LLC, Oak Brook
Gunnar J. Gitlin, Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock
Nancy Chausow Shafer, Chausow Shafer PC, Highland Park

 Adjourn

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Expires: September 1, 2021  

 Moderators:  Gunnar J. Gitlin, Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock
and Nancy Chausow Shafer, Chausow Shafer PC, Highland Park

Critical and Overlooked Language in the 2019 Maintenance Guidelines Amendment: The Required Court Findings—Reviewable Maintenance, Fixed-Term Maintenance, and Reserved Maintenance
The 2019 maintenance guideline amendments did much more than simply make changes to our percentages from the 30/20 rule to a third/quarter rule. Instead, they reintroduced terminology from our case law and introduced many other overlooked provisions within our statute.
Gunnar J. Gitlin, Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock

The State of the Art of Income Withholding
From one of the leading experts, learn about a variety of critical issues for income withholding from the withholding limits to ensuring that the withholding notice conforms to the Federal requirements in order to ensure that it will not be rejected as defective on its face. 
Cynthia Holdren, U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement (Invited)

The $100 Per Day Penalty and How to Best Effectuate Maintenance Only Collection
Learn why maintenance-only support orders are not to be sent to an employer/payor through Income Withholding and what mistakes may force an employer/payor to reject the Income Withholding Order/Notice for Support form you send for child support.
Donald Ray, Ray Law Office, P.C., Rockford

IRMO Salvatore—Can We Get There from Here? Modification of Pre-Income Shares Child Support Awards Support by Medium-to-High-Income Supporting Obligors
Post-income shares, we are seeing far more non-residential parents seeking reductions in support and attempting to demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances. Learn how to best seek reductions (or defend the petition to modify).
Mario Ventrelli, Ventrelli & Simon LLC, Northfield

Tax Implications in Child Support and Maintenance Cases in the Days of the Trump Tax Plan: From the Elusive Dependency Deduction to Maintenance Deductions in Our Pre-2019 Cases
Get an overview of the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) which every practitioner must consider, as it has tremendous impact on the families you represent.  Understand the provisions of the TCJA which have or may in the future affect child support and maintenance.
Jennifer M. Fletchall, Levin & Brend, P.C., Chicago

The New 50% Soft-Cap re Support and Maintenance: How to Argue for or Against It
Get an overview of the language and application of Section 504(b-1), its interplay with Section 505 and a view from the bench on the Court’s discretion in light of Section 504 (b-1).
Hon. Abbey Fishman Romanek, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Jordan Rosenberg, Beermann LLP, Bannockburn & Chicago

Top 5 Tips for Use and Introduction of Family Law Software Child Support and Maintenance Calculations: Beyond Standardized Taxes
(0.25 Professional Responsibility)
Understand why a Family Law Software support calculation may be different from yours. What else can you do with this robust software package to help settle cases, support your advocacy, and get a better result for your client? Maximize your investment in the Software and learn top tips from an expert.
Nancy Chausow Shafer, Chausow Shafer PC, Highland Park

Maintenance Guidelines:  What are They and How Do You Prepare and Argue the Elusive Maintenance Guideline Deviation Case?
(0.5 Professional Responsibility)
Learn about the maintenance guidelines generally with an emphasis on potential arguments in support of a deviation from the guidelines. Understand what constitutes “income” for the guideline maintenance calculation; is imputed income “income” for the guideline calculation or merely a basis for a deviation?
Joshua T. Friedman, Davis Friedman LLP, Chicago

Child Support and Maintenance Enforcement QDROs: Working Smarter, Not Harder
While using Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) for dividing retirement plans as marital property between divorcing spouses is commonplace, an alternate payee under the Internal Revenue Code is defined as a spouse, former spouse, or dependent. Learn how QDROs can also be used as an enforcement tool to pay maintenance (alimony) or child support, as well as how you can retrieve all or a portion of the child support arrearages from the non-custodial spouse’s retirement plan.
Anne Prenner Schmidt, The Law Offices of Anne Schmidt, LLC, Chicago

Setting the Table for Your Temporary Child Support and Maintenance Hearing: Top 10 Tips on Completing the Uniform Financial Affidavit 
(0.5 Professional Responsibility)
Understand how to get your clients as much child support and maintenance as possible as quickly as possible. Become familiar with the new Supreme Court approved forms in Family Law Cases.  Get 10 tips to help you get the most for your client.  Learn the importance of distinguishing between current figures and anticipated post-decree expenses as well as properly footnoting your entries, when needed.
Hon. Pamela E. Loza,
Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
David N. Schaffer, Schaffer Family Law, Ltd., Naperville

Maintenance Reviews and Termination as Baby Boomers Retire: How to Argue For and Against
With the graying of America and the coming of age of the Baby Boomers, divorce lawyers are seeing more and more cases involving maintenance reviews or termination of maintenance upon the payor’s retirement. Get practice tips for arguing both for and against termination or reduction of maintenance upon retirement.
Hon. David E. Haracz,
Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Gloria V. Schmidt, The Gloria Law Group, Chicago

Maintenance Termination and Conjugal Cohabitation: An Update of Statutory and Case Law--Proving It Ethically
(0.5 Professional Responsibility)
The divorce is done, and now one party wants to terminate maintenance based on cohabitation. It is rare to have a “smoking gun”—clear evidence of cohabitation by the maintenance recipient.  Usually, a case will be made or lost based on a totality of the circumstances. Learn what constitutes “resident, continuing, conjugal” cohabitation so you can guide your client, whether you represent the payor or the recipient of maintenance.
Stephanie Kasten, Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock

Counting Overnight—The Bright Line of 146 Overnights and Future Potential Changes to our Income Shares Statute: A Round Table Discussion
Learn about proposed legislative initiatives to change the Illinois Shared Parenting formula, other state’s formulas and how to compute overnights when determining shared parenting.
Margaret A. Bennett, Bennett Law Firm, LLC, Oak Brook
Gunnar J. Gitlin, Gitlin Law Firm, Woodstock
Nancy Chausow Shafer, Chausow Shafer PC, Highland Park

 Adjourn

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