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3.25 Standard CLE and 2.00 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits. Full agenda at the bottom of the page or download it to browse at your leisure.

When: June 16, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 PM
Where: St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites
75 - 37th Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota  56301
United States
Contact: Stacy Albrecht

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Registration is open to Child Support Officers, Family Law Attorneys, Magistrates, Judges, and Prosecutors. Fee Includes: All training sessions, handouts, and meals for the registrant.

Paid registrations will be refunded in full if cancellation is received at least 72 hours before the program; if less than 72 hours, a $45 administration fee will be deducted. Paid registrants who fail to attend will  receive the written materials.

Special Hotel Rate Information: Participants are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own lodging. A block of rooms has been reserved at the St Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites at the special rate of $88.95 per night. To make reservations, call the hotel directly at 320-253-9000. Be sure to request the MN County Attorney's Child Support Training rate. Reservations must be made by May 30, 2017 to ensure the special rate.

Additional Area Hotels:
Country Inn & Suites East - 120 7th Ave SE, St. Cloud, 320-252-8282
GrandStay Residential Suites - 213 6th Ave S, St. Cloud, 320-251-5400 
Le St-Germin Suite Hotel - 404 West St. Germain, St. Cloud, 320-654-1661

Application will be made for 3.25 Standard CLE and 2.00 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits.

AGENDA To download a copy of the agenda, click here.

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Legislative and Comprehensive Legal Vision Update
This session will include a discussion of which laws were passed by the State Legislature, which were not, and what it means for child support professionals. There will also be an update on Federal Legislation/Rules. An update on the progress made in the Comprehensive Legal Vision project, including resolutions and implementation of issues through legislation, appeals, and policy updates, as well as plans and expectations for the future.
Lisa Kontz, Assistant Dakota County Attorney
Shila Walek, Chief Deputy Isanti County Attorney
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Parenting Expense Adjustment, Split Custody, and the IV-D Lawyers Role in Child Support
Join us to learn what you need to know about the new parenting expense adjustment and calculations for split custody that are effective August 1, 2018. What you need to know to calculate, how to calculate and how it will impact child support orders. What you need to know about the implications the new legislation has on the IV-D attorney’s role in the expedited process.
Amy Anderson, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
Holly Mikeworth, Assistant Isanti County Attorney
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Elimination of Bias: Working with our Tribal Partners
Join us as we review jurisdiction, Tribal IV-D programs, and what to consider when court cases and IV-D cases flow between Minnesota and a tribe. This panel will share real life experiences and provide practice tips on working with such matters.
Valisa McKinney, Assistant Dakota County Attorney
Katie Nolting, Assistant Beltrami County Attorney
Jenny Ryan, Assistant Itasca County Attorney
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The exciting world of Judgments: What you need to know
Have you ever avoided looking at the DHS judgment manual because the area of judgments is so confusing? Well that time is over as the Comprehensive Legal Vision Enforcement Group for the past two years has been working hard to make this manual an easy to use document that is a one stop shop for both attorneys and child support professionals. This presentation will initially discuss why this group was formed and issues encountered when working on the manual. The presenters will then give an overview of what you will find in the manual, go over any new forms created and any major changes that the attendees need to be aware of. Time for questions will be given at the end of the session.
Susan Hanstad, Senior Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
Jennifer Stanfield, Assistant Carver County Attorney
Julie Thompson, Chisago County Child Support Officer
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch provided by MCAA
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Best Practices Round Table
Worker’s Compensation, Maintaining County and Venue, Foster Care and Subsequent Children, QDRO, Sequestration, FIDM, the list could go on and on. How does your county approach these topics? Do you have policies in place or are you looking for some guidance? This session is all about sharing, new and old ideas, asking questions and finding solutions. Bring your ideas as everyone is encouraged to participate, we know the audience has just as many answers as the faculty.
Tonya Berzat, Assistant Anoka County Attorney
Patrick Moen, Assistant Stearns County Attorney
Crysta Parkin, Assistant Dodge County Attorney
Karen Roesler, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Elimination of Bias: Marriage 101: From Leave it to Beaver to Modern Family!
Whether recognized by the U.S. government or not, people consider themselves married after a variety of cultural, religious or other ceremonies. Parents present themselves to the child support program with common law marriages, cultural marriages outside of the U.S., cultural marriages inside of the U.S., opposite sex marriages, same sex marriages, and void or voidable marriages. How do child support professionals work cases when parents say they are married, only to discover the form of marriage is not recognized by the government? What happens when parents say they were married but in another country, and they have no “documents” to prove the marriage? What effect does the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges have on all of this? Learn how the presenter’s County policies have changed over time to recognize the complexities and sensitivities relating to modern families. Participate in a discussion about various laws and treaties relating to modern families using an audience participation system (clickers) to figure out the best way to serve all families in a legal and respectful way!
Kathleen Lamey, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
Jennifer Stanfield, Assistant Carver County Attorney

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