Resolving Economic Issues in Divorce

Prerequisite: Family Mediation Skills or an equivalent 20 hour basic family mediation training

This course uses a step-by-step approach to understand distribution of assets and debts, retirement funds, bankruptcy, spousal support, tax issues, and related forms and agreements. Instructors include well-known attorneys and mediators, and a certified financial planner.

 

Course Agenda

Day 1

Role of the mediator in property settlement cases
Mediating economic issues – Mediation demonstration
Legal framework for Virginia Equitable Distribution
Mediation process for property distribution
Specific assets and debts
Retirement/deferred compensation
Tax Issues
Spousal support
Income/Support cash flow analysis – Case study

Day 2

Mediation skills to enhance communication
Use of experts and role of attorneys
Role-play simulation
Agreement writing – UPL, Ethics

 

About the Instructors

James Q. Pope, MSW, JD

Jim Pope is an attorney, Supreme Court of Virginia certified mentor mediator, and consultant in conflict management and other subjects related to workplace conflict, employee relations, civil disputes, child support and divorce, and special education. Pope is currently an Adjunct Professor of Mediation and Arbitration at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Mediation at George Mason University School of Law, and has been a guest lecturer at George Washington University School of Law, Georgetown University School of Law, and Howard University School of Law. Pope conducted US Department of State sponsored mediation trainings for the governments of Israel and Palestine and mediated and conducted conflict management, mediation, and negotiation trainings for numerous public and private agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Postal Service, the USDA., the Department of the Navy, NOAA, NASA, NEA, FAA, US Air Force, US Forest Service, the World Bank, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Arkansas Supreme Court, IRS, United States Postal Service, DEA, National Archives, Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia Mediation Network, and Northern Virginia Mediation Service. Pope currently serves as an administrative hearing officer for the Virginia Supreme Court, in which capacity Pope reviews and rules upon state employee grievances related to terminations and disciplinary actions. Pope is a former member of the Executive Board of the District of Columbia chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (formerly the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution – DC SPIDR). Pope holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (JD) from George Washington University Law School, a Master Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Virginia.

Jeannette P. Twomey, JD

Jeannette Twomey, J.D., is an experienced mediator, consultant, facilitator, and trainer in the field of conflict management and resolution. She has provided alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services since 1992, focusing on workplace, family, and elder issues. Ms. Twomey has provided training and facilitation to private organizations and government agencies including the U.S. Department of the Air Force, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Department of Interior, etc. She has been a leader in the dispute resolution field, serving on governing boards of both local and state ADR organizations. She is a Mentor Mediator for the Virginia’s Mediator Certification Program and an appointed member of the Advisory Council for the Virginia Supreme Court’s Division of Dispute Resolution Services. She was instrumental in designing the mediation program for Arlington County’s General District Court. Ms. Twomey served as President of Northern Virginia Mediation Service from 1996-1999 and was named the organization’s “Mediator of the Year” in 1994. She is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Virginia Bar. She is an adjunct professor, teaching negotiation and mediation, at the American University’s Washington College of Law.