Addiction Related Issues in Divorce: Causation, Alimony, Property Division, Custody Issues
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A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A
This CLE webinar will equip family law attorneys to address unfamiliar and complex addiction related issues that are arising more and more frequently in divorce cases. The program will focus on how active addiction alters each stage of the process and how counsel must adjust their analysis and recommendations accordingly. The webinar will view these issues primarily from the perspective of the spouse divorcing the active addict but will include some material related to representing the addicted spouse.
- The nature of addiction
- Co-morbidity and dual diagnosis
- The course of chemical dependence
- Predictors of chemical dependence
- Commonly abused substances and their effects
- How addiction damages the family system
- The role of the non-addicted spouse, codependence, and parental gatekeeping
- The role of the child custody evaluator in a California child custody case and making recommendations to protect the children
- The role of the family law attorney in a California child custody case who represents the non-addicted or addicted spouse
- Proving the nature and extent of the addiction in California Family Court and common defenses
- The role of the California Family Court
- Drafting California child custody orders that are protective of the children
- Accountability after the child custody recommendations and court orders
- Addiction and non-child custody related issues in a family law case in California
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What is addiction?
- How to identify addiction
- How, when, and how often to test for addiction
- What kind of tests are out there and what do they tell you?
- What kind of treatment options exist?
- What relief should attorneys seek?
- When should one divorce the addicted spouse?
B. Robert Farzad
Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys
Mr. Farzad is actively involved in the firm's divorce and parentage cases, with a focus on the complex divorce... | Read More
Mr. Farzad is actively involved in the firm's divorce and parentage cases, with a focus on the complex divorce cases.Close
W. Russell Johnson, Ph.D.
Mr. Johnson, Ph.D. is a California licensed psychologist who has specialized in clinical and forensic psychology... | Read More
Mr. Johnson, Ph.D. is a California licensed psychologist who has specialized in clinical and forensic psychology for over forty years. His professional practice has centered on child/adolescent development, family psychology, and psychological assessment and specifically on child custody issues, often involving substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and/or mental illness. A graduate of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, Mr. Johnson has taught in the graduate psychology programs at Pepperdine University and California Graduate Institute and he has served on the adjunct faculty at University of California Irvine Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry. He has been involved in over 2,000 child custody cases for the Orange County (CA) Family Law Court, mostly as a court-appointed child custody evaluator but also as a reviewing and testimonial expert or a consultant to family law attorneys, and he has testified as an expert witness over 250 times. Mr. Johnson is an expert reviewer for the California Board of Psychology regarding consumer complaints against psychologists that are involved in child custody matters. He has published in the areas of clinical psychology and child custody issues and has presented workshops and invited addresses for lay and professional groups.Close