Divorce and Trusts: Dissolving or Amending Existing Trusts and Using New Trusts in Divorce Planning

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

This CLE webinar will discuss what family lawyers need to know to evaluate existing trusts that their client or a divorcing couple have. The panel will explain how to identify changes that should be made to trusts due to dissolution of the marriage and how family lawyers can use or create trusts to address assets and money payments.


Most trusts will require some changes or amendments due to dissolution of a marriage because each party will likely have different plans regarding the distribution of assets and disposal of each estate.

Family law attorneys must be sufficiently conversant with trusts to remove a former spouse as a fiduciary, update documents to reflect the client’s new situation, and identify other potential pitfalls inherent in trusts post-divorce. Neglecting to consider trusts when negotiating a property settlement can result in unintended consequences, particularly tax liabilities.

Trusts can also be created during the divorce process to reflect changed circumstances. Support trusts may be preferable to periodic alimony payments, especially if there will be little contact between the spouses post-divorce.

Clients may need trusts for estate planning to provide funds for children and other heirs. Irrevocable grantor retained annuity trusts can accomplish that goal, while reducing tax liability. A qualified domestic trust (QDOT) is a beneficial vehicle for gifts and inheritances to non-citizen spouses.

Listen as our authoritative panel of attorneys provides the knowledge of trusts that family lawyers need to know when advising clients on existing trusts and changes needed due to the divorce. The panel will also discuss the use or creation of trusts during the divorce proceeding to address assets and monetary payments after the divorce is finalized.


  1. Overview of trust law for family counsel
  2. Dealing with existing trusts
    1. Issues that impact property division settlement
    2. Revocable vs. irrevocable trusts
    3. Commonly overlooked pitfalls
  3. Creating trusts during divorce proceedings
    1. Support trusts
    2. New trusts for estate planning purposes
    3. Trusts for children and heirs
    4. Qualified domestic trusts
    5. Other trusts


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are some of the common pitfalls that trusts present post-divorce?
  • When may a support trust be preferable to periodic alimony payments?
  • What common trust vehicles may need to be created for estate planning purposes after the dissolution of the marriage?


Jeremiah W. Doyle, IV, Senior Wealth Strategist
BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Boston

Mr. Doyle provides clients with integrated wealth management advice on how to hold, manage and transfer their wealth in a tax efficient manner. He is the editor and co-author of Preparing Fiduciary Income Tax Returns, a contributing author of Preparing Estate Tax Returns and Understanding and Using Trusts and a contributing author of Drafting Irrevocable Trusts in Massachusetts. He is a lecturer in law in the Graduate Tax Program at Boston University School of Law.

Jillian A. Wood, Partner
Stange Law Firm, Belleville, Ill.

Ms. Wood has extensive experience in family law matters such as divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, motions to modify, appeals, contempt and other family law matters. She been on the list of Rising Stars for Family Law by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine. She is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Missouri.

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