Domestic Violence and Divorce: Impact on Strategies for Safety, Property Division, Child Custody
A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A
This CLE webinar will discuss the strategies to use when domestic violence affects a divorce, property division, financial support, child custody, and--most critically-- the safety of both the client and the attorney. The panel will review why these types of cases cannot be approached like other cases and how to navigate these differences.
- Forms of domestic violence
- Understanding the mindset/belief system of the victim and abuser
- Safety issues
- Emergency and temporary orders
- Protocols for interaction between victim and abuser
- Attorney safety
- Applicable federal and state statutes
- Ancillary considerations
- Role of treatment programs and counseling for an abusive spouse
- Pendancy of criminal charges
- Strategies when representing domestic violence victims
- Property division
- Child custody
- Strategies when representing the wrongly accused
- Protective orders
The panel will discuss these and other crucial issues:
- What nonobvious forms does abuse take against the spouse? And against the spouse's lawyer?
- What tools exist to prevent the abused client from being manipulated by the abuser during the divorce?
- When should counselors be part of the legal team?
- What state laws may apply?
- How does the pendency of criminal charges affect the case?
- What tools are there to protect a wrongly accused individual?
Rahna Cutting, M.A, LCDC, LPC-S
Scroggins Law Group
Ms. Cutting has worked extensively with criminal and family court matters. Previously she was the mental health... | Read More
Ms. Cutting has worked extensively with criminal and family court matters. Previously she was the mental health clinician in the Denton County DWI Repeat Offender Court as well as the Denton County Veterans Treatment Court Program.Close
Tommie DeGonzague, MSW
Legal Program Director
Cherokee Family Violence Center
Ms. DeGonzague has been employed at Cherokee Family Violence Center since 2005. Prior to her position at CFVC, she... | Read More
Ms. DeGonzague has been employed at Cherokee Family Violence Center since 2005. Prior to her position at CFVC, she served as the Director of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Program at the YWCA of Northwest Georgia. Ms. DeGonzague has over 16 years of experience providing advocacy for survivors and is regularly utilized as an expert witness in legal proceedings. She is passionate about providing assistance to all victims of family violence, and is an active member of the Cherokee County Domestic Violence Task Force and serves as the current Chair of the Cherokee County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Ms. DeGonzague attended the State University of New York at Albany obtaining her Masters of Social Work degree.Close
Mark L. Scroggins
Scroggins Law Group
Mr. Scroggins has practiced family law throughout the state of Texas for 25 years. He has written about family law... | Read More
Mr. Scroggins has practiced family law throughout the state of Texas for 25 years. He has written about family law matters for Texas Lawyer and has spoken about litigation technology before numerous organizations and corporate clients. Most often, Mr. Scroggins is involved in contentious or high-stakes family law litigation where child custody or complex property issues are involved.Close
Honorable Ret. John Sumner
Atlanta Divorce Law Group
From 1987-2001, Mr. Sumner worked on cases that ranged from domestic law, child representation, Juvenile Court,... | Read More
From 1987-2001, Mr. Sumner worked on cases that ranged from domestic law, child representation, Juvenile Court, personal injury, appeals and criminal defense. He also has experience in Guardian Ad Litem work which has influenced his passion for family law.Close