ADFP Conference Targets Critical Issues of Same Sex Divorce and Trends in Alimony

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As ever-evolving legislation continues to present a challenging landscape for divorce financial planners, focus presentations on Same Sex Marriage and Divorce as well as Trends in Alimony will expose critical information and practical tools for practitioners at the 2012 Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP) Conference. The 10th annual ADFP Conference, being held September 21-22 at the Doral Arrowwood Resort in Rye Brook, New York, will offer a comprehensive educational platform for both beginner and advanced divorce financial professionals.

We cannot afford to ignore the inescapable fact that divorce rates among same sex partners will rise as legalization of marriage among this population continues

As ever-evolving legislation continues to present a challenging landscape for divorce financial planners, focus presentations on Same Sex Marriage and Divorce as well as Trends in Alimony will expose critical information and practical tools for practitioners at the 2012 Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP) Conference. The 10th annual ADFP Conference, being held September 21-22 at the Doral Arrowwood Resort in Rye Brook, New York, will offer a comprehensive educational platform for both beginner and advanced divorce financial professionals.

Individual states have begun enacting laws allowing same sex marriage, and leading divorce professionals are preparing for the inevitable and imminent rise in same sex divorce. On Friday, September 21, Greg Matalon, Esq. and Robert Barnett, Esq., partners with Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld, and Lee Rosenberg, Esq., partner with Saltzman, Chetkof & Rosenberg, frequent lecturers/writers on the topic of same-sex marriage, will provide in-depth perspectives on new waves of legislation related to Same Sex Marriage and Divorce. With governance of marriage and divorce being largely state-specific, the esteemed speakers will address key questions of recognition and portability. Also critical to divorce practitioners is the issue of conflict with federal law, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Challenges related to spousal living, survivorship rights and benefits, including COBRA, ERISA and social security, as applied to divorcing same-sex couples are of growing concern and make divorce financial planning for this demographic much more difficult than for traditional spouses. This ADFP presentation will arm attendees with the most pertinent and timely information to keep them at the forefront of this complex issue and prepare attendees to anticipate prospective changes on the horizon.

“We cannot afford to ignore the inescapable fact that divorce rates among same sex partners will rise as legalization of marriage among this population continues,” said Lili Vasileff, President of ADFP. “Navigating the nuances of state and federal law related to same sex divorce demands specialized training on the part of any divorce financial planner who intends to engage with this client demographic.”

Conference attendees will also sharpen their practices with a focus presentation on Trends in Alimony by Nancy D. Kellman, Esq., one of the premier lawyers in the United States devoted exclusively to matrimonial and family law. On Saturday, September 22, Ms. Kellman will share decades of expertise on various approaches to calculating alimony, historical precedent versus current trends and much more on this important topic that affects all parties in a divorce including financial planners, attorneys, judges and clients.

“Alimony remains an elusive, moving target for divorce practitioners who understand that a one-size-fits-all model is flawed—and can result in financial disaster for many families,” said Carl Palatnik, ADFP Executive Vice President. “Divorce planners who are dedicated to providing the highest level of service to their clients should not miss this enlightened presentation by Nancy Kellman, one of our country’s preeminent alimony experts.”

The 10th annual 2012 ADFP Conference, being held September 21-22, 2012, combines the most comprehensive divorce financial planning education and networking with the exquisite Doral Arrowwood Resort experience. Conference highlights include contemporary thought leaders covering topics including lifestyle analysis and valuation, presenting software analysis to clients, divorce taxation and much more.

In addition to the two-day conference, attendees may also register for the pre-conference ADFP University on September 20, 2012. This intense one-day session allows participants to choose five of eleven course offerings covering topics such as tax returns, bankruptcy, building and growing a divorce planning practice, estate planning, family law software and more.

Discounted conference rates are available for ADFP members. Both ADFP members and non-members are encouraged to attend. For a complete agenda and registration information, visit the ADFP website at http://www.divorceandfinance.org.

About the Association of Divorce Financial Planners

The ADFP is an interdisciplinary association of professionals who research and analyze personal and business financial issues as well as tax implications related to divorce. The association develops outreach programs, training opportunities and continuing education to financial practitioners, allied divorce professionals and the general public. The organization is a key role player in policy making regarding divorce financial issues and holds members to high standards in professional and ethical protocols in the U.S., Canada and other countries. For more information, please visit http://www.divorceandfinance.org.

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