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Managing Challenging Family Law Cases: A Practical Approach

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For any judge who hears family law cases involving high conflict families, child custody and visitation, or property valuation and distribution associated with marriage dissolution, this course provides practice-based tools to assist in the management of the most complex issues. This virtual course’s faculty is comprised of experts and judges who teach extensively in the area of family law.

This course qualifies for credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Jurisdiction Skills, and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

This course is eligible for Continuing Legal and Judicial Education (CLE/CJE) credits under most state boards/bars/commissions. Please check with the state which you intend to file with regarding filing requirements for CLE/CJE consideration.

*Estimated credits are subject to change based upon final agenda provided on start date of course.

NOTE: All CLE/CJE estimated credit hours are based upon a 60-minute hour. Completion of all class sessions is required to receive a certificate of completion.


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the latest social science research to craft developmentally appropriate parenting plans;
  • Utilize problem-solving court principles to provide litigation alternatives to families in crisis;
  • Effectively manage high-conflict cases;
  • Ensure safety in cases where domestic violence is indicated; and
  • Confidently evaluate business financial records and assess business valuations.

Some Topics Will Include the Following:

  • Child and adolescent development
  • Responding to trauma
  • Co-occurring disorders and appropriate interventions
  • Risk assessment and lethality in family law cases
  • High-conflict divorce
  • Custody provisions for high-conflict parents
  • Overlapping family law cases with juvenile and dependency issues
  • Case flow management
  • Self-represented litigants
  • Interviewing children
  • Millennial parentage
  • Domestic violence


There are eight (8) available scholarships for this course, provided to the NCJFCJ by the State Justice Institute (SJI). If you are interested in applying for one of these limited scholarship opportunities, please contact Emma Schiller, NCJFCJ Planning Specialist, at

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