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The South Carolina Bar CLE Division is proud to present the 2018 South Carolina Family Court Bench Bar seminar.  Course Planner, Judge Anne Gue’ Jones, has gathered a distinguished and entertaining faculty who will discuss cutting edge topics, and provide practical insights for this annual seminar.

This important program features guidance on Family Court Mediation Rule 8 from former Family Court Judge Barry Knobel, new tax law implications for alimony and child support from Tom Traxler, best practices in TPR and adoption cases from James Fletcher Thompson, and a distinguished panel of judges who will discuss and identify solutions to problematic practices in Family Court.  In addition, you’ll get Kirby Mitchell’s insights on Legal Services in Family Court and an update on the Palmetto Automated Child Support System from Chrissy Dingeldine.  Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to serve as our “studio audience” for our very own rendition of “Family Court Feud,” featuring a cast of entertaining judges and practitioners!

If you practice in Family Court you won’t want to miss this powerful, practical, and FUN CLE program. As always, this seminar is mandatory for South Carolina’s Family Court judges.

This seminar is an (intermediate to advanced) level program.

8:30 a.m. Registration

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Hon. Anne Gue' Jones                     

9:00 a.m. Rule 8 of SC ADR and Family Court Mediation
Barry W. Knobel
Knobel Mediation Services                       

9:30 a.m. How Tax Law Changes Affect Alimony and Child Support 
Thomas W. Traxler
Carter, Smith, Merriam, Rogers & Traxler, PA

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. What to Expect from the Palmetto Automated Child Support System

Chrissy Dingeldine
S.C. Department of Social Services
Karen L. Wingo
S.C. Department of Social Services

11:15 a.m. Best Practices for TPR and Adoption cases
James Fletcher Thompson
James Fletcher Thompson, LLC
Allison McNair
Building Families, LLC

12:15 p.m. Legal Services in Family Court
Kirby R. Mitchell
SC Legal Services

12:45 p.m. Lunch (on your own)     
2:00 p.m. Problematic Practice in Family Court
Hon. Angela Abstance
Hon. Thomas M. Bultman
Hon. Huntley S. Crouch
Hon. Debra A. Matthews
Hon. Matthew P. Turner

3:00 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Understanding the Science Behind Visitation Refusal, Parent-Child Contact Problems, and Parental Alienation

Leslie Armstrong, Esq., LPC/I
Sahn Law Firm, LLC
Helen Elliott Wheeler, LPC
The Center for Families, LLC          

4:45 p.m. Adjourn

Need to cancel or transfer your registration? Simply notify us in writing no later than 24 hours prior to the published start time of the seminar at registrar@scbar.org. You will be eligible to receive a full refund, be transferred to the live webcast or archived online version of the same seminar (if available), or to a live seminar of equal or lesser value - all with no cancellation or transfer fee.  Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 24 hours of a seminar start time, but all other options listed above are available with no transfer fee.

  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201
  • Aiken
    In-Person Seminar
    Aiken (USC)
    471 University Parkway Room 124, Aiken, SC 29801
  • Anderson
    In-Person Seminar
    Anderson - Center for Excellence
    200 Bleckley St. Room 112, Anderson, SC 29625
  • Beaufort
    In-Person Seminar
    Beaufort Town Center
    2015 Boundary St. Training Room, Beaufort, SC 29902
  • Charleston
    In-Person Seminar
    Charleston School of Law
    81 Mary Street Room D101 or M101, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Florence
    In-Person Seminar
    Florence - South Eastern Institute of Manufacturing Technology
    1951 Pisgah Rd. Room 249, Florence, SC 29501
  • Greenville
    In-Person Seminar
    Greenville Technical College - Buck Mickel Center
    216 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Room 135, Greenville, SC 29607
  • Greenwood
    In-Person Seminar
    Greenwood - County Solicitors Office
    600 Monument St. Ste. 203, Greenwood, SC 29646
  • Hilton Head Island
    In-Person Seminar
    Hilton Head Island Public Library
    11 Beach City Rd. Sm Conf. Room, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
  • Myrtle Beach
    In-Person Seminar
    Myrtle Beach-Horry Georgetown Tech, Grand Stand Campus
    950 Crab Tree Lane Room 601, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
  • Rock Hill
    In-Person Seminar
    Rock Hill - New Port Fire Dept.
    5198 Hampton Ridge Rd. , Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Spartanburg
    In-Person Seminar
    Spartanburg County Public Library
    151 S. Church St. Hoechst-Celanese Room, Spartanburg, SC 29306
  • Summerville
    In-Person Seminar
    Summerville - SC Mediation and Conference Facility
    1516 Old Trolley Rd. , Summerville, SC 29485
  • Sumter
    In-Person Seminar
    200 Miller Rd. , Sumter, SC 29150