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The month of September has been busy for conferences. I’ve spent my time attending several of these events in an effort to stay on top of the newest mediation techniques, as well as to stay up to date on financial and tax changes in the industry. While I’ve been away from my blog, I’ve been learning new information so I can better serve my clients. Here’s a quick recap of where I’ve been throughout September. 

I’ve attended the annual Atlanta Collaborative Divorce Alliance Retreat, which was the first weekend in September. Topics that were discussed there were:

  • New tax laws that might affect couples going through a divorce
  • A recap of any new legislation in Georgia on divorce
  • How to work as a team in collaborative divorce

The next conference I was at was September 20 in Rye Brook, New York for the Association of Divorce Financial Planners, for their tenth annual conference. 

Topics that were presented there were:

  • The anatomy of a tax return
  • Bankruptcy and divorce
  • Critical divorce strategies for families with special needs
  • Estate planning and divorce
  • Long term care and divorce
  • Nonqualified plans
  • Same sex marriage and divorce
  • Topics and trends in alimonies
  • An advanced case study in divorce taxation
  • College planning and divorce

Then, I was off to Cape Cod for the first annual Academy of Professional Family Mediators Conference. There were 250 professional family mediators in attendance, providing me a unique opportunity to interact with some of the best professionals in the business.  

Some of the topics discussed at this conference were:

  • Avoiding impasse and managing tough issues
  • The effects of divorce on children
  • Elder and adult family mediation
  • High conflict divorce
  • Introduction to parenting coordination
  • Complex financial issues and divorce
  • High conflict elder mediation
  • Federal pension plans
  • Redefining power and control in a collaborative parenting plan
  • Uncovering hidden assets in mediation

We then finished up the weekend using four role plays with some of the top mediators in the nation to demonstrate new techniques.

As you can see, while I haven’t been blogging, I HAVE been working hard to stay abreast of the most relevant topics in my field. You can expect to see these topics, and perhaps a few more, appearing in this blog over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more information, and if you have an issue that I haven’t covered that you’d like more information about, feel free to leave me a message in the comments section.

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Comment by Robert D. Bordett, CFP, CDFA on October 24, 2012 at 3:59pm
There will be more follow-up posts to come. Which do you think are more popular?

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