Family Law Conference to include panels on court-focused neutrals, custody-related issues

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021
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Join the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 30th Annual Family Law Conference, which will be presented virtually for the first time. This year's conference will focus on trauma, treatment and triumph in domestic relations practice and will take place on Friday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Probate and Family Court Chief Justice John D. Casey will deliver his state of the court keynote address.

We will once again present a pre-conference roundtable about the new child support guidelines, featuring panelists from the task force, as well as two judicial roundtables.

In addition, the conference will focus on the following topics:

  • COVID-related financial matters
  • Navigating financial issues on a budget
  • How to best utilize court-focused custody neutrals 
The virtual setting will allow for more intimate breakout sessions, virtual networking and audience questions.

Conference Agenda:

  • 9-9:50 a.m.: Pre-Conference Roundtable: It's That Time Again: What's New in the New Child Support Guidelines?
  • 10-10:05 a.m.: Opening Remarks
  • 10:05-10:25 a.m.: Keynote Address
  • 10:25-11:20 a.m.: Now What? Addressing Recent Financial Issues
  • 11:25 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Mindful of (Clients') Money
  • 1-2 p.m.: Trauma and Resilience
  • 2-2:40 p.m.: Breakout Panels (select one)
    • Child-Related Issues on a Budget
    • Continuation of Discussion on Trauma and Resilience
    • Court-Focused Neutrals
    • Temporary Orders and Custody-Related Issues
  • 2:50-3:50 p.m.: First Judicial Roundtable
  • 3:50-4:50 p.m.: Second Judicial Roundtable

Additional conference information and speakers to be announced. Registration is required by 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13. After registering, look for instructions on how to access the MBA's Family Law Conference virtual platform from EventMobi. Conference participants will be given the opportunity to log in to check out session information and more.