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The Divorce Maze
– Understanding the Logistical Challenges Your Patients May Face in the Divorce Process

My Divorce Solution will be conducting a one-day workshop for mental health professionals like yourself, to help you effectively assist patients who are faced with the complicated logistical challenges of the divorce process. This workshop will help you know what a patient may be experiencing at home and with their divorce professionals. This workshop will help you understand the plethora of decisions your patient will need to make while navigating this life transition. This workshop will address a patient’s concerns related to divorce and family law.

This course is available for 5.5 CE


Catherine Shanahan earned a BS in Accounting from Clarion University. A Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), Professional Daily Money Manager (PDMM), and trained mediator. She is a member of the Bucks County Collaborative Law Group, American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM) the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP). She is a Delta Zeta alumna. Catherine splits her time between Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, and enjoys golfing, spending time with family and friends, and empowering women to be their best.

Karen Chellew is a certified QDRO Administrator. She has spent 30 years in the legal industry as a paralegal and business manager for a law firm. She also serves as auditor for East Rockhill Township, PA. RecentIy, Karen established a women’s organization, Sisters U, which focuses on helping women to become and their best selves and to live fulfilling lives. Karen is on the advisory board of Emerge of PA , participates on the committee for Women of Influence for Pearl Buck International and also serves on the board of Perkasie Towne Improvement Association.

Arlan Kardon, Esquire received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law and her B.A. in history from Temple University, where she was a Presidential Scholar. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia, Montgomery and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, a member of the State Bar Association of New York and a Charter Member of the Lawyers and Psychologists Group of Pennsylvania. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Artreach, a nonprofit organization that joins the performing and visual arts with special needs audiences.
Ms. Kardon is admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the State of New York; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd and 11th Circuits. Her Martindale-Hubble®* rating of AV indicates very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards.
An avid photographer and traveler, Ms. Kardon is happily married and intimately involved in the lives of her twin daughters.

Sean McCusker is an associate in the Family Law department of Dolchin, Slotkin and Todd.  Sean’s practice concentrates on all matters involving child custody, support and equitable distribution of marital property.  Sean’s interest in family law was sparked in his first year of law school when he began a summer internship with Philadelphia Legal Assistance’s Child Custody and Support Clinic (CASAC).  Sean then undertook an internship at Washington D.C.’s Children’s Law Center, where he worked on behalf of children involved in Adoption, Abuse, Foster and Special Education matters.
After graduating from Law School in 2010 Sean worked for the prestigious Family Law Department of a large law firm until joining Dolchin, Slotkin and Todd in 2014.  Sean’s practice concentrates on Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Berks and Bucks counties.  Sean has authored numerous articles on a variety of family law topics including the emerging impact of social media, such as Facebook, on custody litigation as well as landmark developments in Pennsylvania law, such as the abolishment of Parent Coordinators.  Sean has also been invited to speak on panels for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and  Pennsylvania Bar Institute and has provided guest lectures to the undergraduate Psychology Department of Drexel University.
Sean’s education includes a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with distinction in 2007 and  a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law where he graduated in 2010.  Sean is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Sean currently resides in Philadelphia in the Fishtown section with his Wife and his two year old son.


Target Audience:

Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Dentists

Main Points:

  1. The information, guidelines, questions, and terms provided in this continuing education workshop are intended to help mental health professionals have an adequate understanding of the divorce process, so that they can guide their patients who are navigating through separation and divorce. This process is most often experienced as a highly emotional and challenging time for the entire family.  Attendees will be provided handouts and a workbook specific to this workshop as additional references for the practitioner’s use.

  2. Marriage and divorce are both common experiences. In Western cultures, more than 90 percent of people marry by age 50. Healthy marriages are good for couples’ mental and physical health. They are also good for children; growing up in a happy home protects children from mental, physical, educational and social problems. However, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology.

  3. Approximately 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, with most children of divorced parents in the United States (40 percent of all children) adjusting to their reconfigured family structure. However, 20 to 25 percent of children have trouble dealing with their new circumstances, which can create a variety of personal issues including mood disorders, developmental regression, academic failure and aggression. (Divorce Statistics, 2007).

  4. A significant number of divorces in the last 25 years relate to the fact that every state has enacted “no-fault” divorce laws, making divorce easier, quicker and, in general, less blameful. And while “no-fault” laws contribute to quicker divorces in general, separation and divorce are fairly complex and occur on at least three different levels. Legal divorce begins with the date of separation and includes filing court documents, child support and the negotiation of dividing assets and property as well as debts; social divorce is the adjustment that is made by parents, children, extended family and friends with regard to divorce; and, finally, emotional divorce includes grieving and the recognition and adjustment to loss relating to the overall divorce experience. Mental health practitioners primarily focus on the social and emotional aspects of assisting parents and children. (Brady)

  5. Divorce rearranges the family unit and schedule, but doesn’t end the family because parents will continue to parent long after the divorce. Yet, divorce always comes down to two elements: finances and children. The ability of the parents to navigate their divorce as amicably as possible paves the best path to their ability to communicate and co- parent (and “grandparent”) post-divorce. The children’s routines, relationships and even environment may change, yet healthy attachments to their parents can remain and even strengthen if parents take responsibility for separating, divorcing and moving forward with their lives in an appropriate and positive way. Mental health professionals have a unique opportunity to assist separating/divorcing parents and their children through this life transition.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the basic divorce process
  2. Identify and discuss the four ways to get divorced – discuss trial and arbitration too
  3. Describe how to effectively communicate and engage with attorneys and other professionals
  4. Recommendations for other professionals who may be essential on a divorce team
  5. Describe how to engage an advocate during the divorce process
  6. Describe the separation process and the decisions that need to be made during that time
  7. Identify what steps should be taken to begin making sound financial decisions. How to complete a lifestyle analysis before, during and after divorce
  8. Identifying what property is considered a marital asset and how liabilities are treated in the divorce process. Understand how to protect assets.
  9. Identify the difference between marital and nonmarital property
  10. Identify the difference between fair and equitable division of marital property
  11. Identify the custody considerations and spousal/child support
  12. Describe important financial considerations after the divorce process


January 14, 2019
9:00am – Registration
9:30 to 10:30am The basic divorce process
10:30 to 11:15am    The professionals’ role in the divorce process
11:15 to 11:30am Break
11:30am to 1:00pm Financial and asset protection – Equitable distribution -   The discussion of fair vs equitable
1:00 to 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 to 2:30pm The period of separation
2:30 to 3:00pm Custody considerations and spousal (alimony) and child support
3:00 to 3:15pm Break
3:15 to 3:45pm Financial considerations post- divorce – tying up loose ends
3:45 to 4:30pm Q & A – Closing Remarks


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Philadelphia, PA


Continuing Education

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates available after satisfactory course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

Continuing education credit hours: 5.5

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 5.5 CE hours

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (5.5) clock hours.

Social Workers
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2018-April 15, 2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5.5 continuing education clock hours.
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 5.5 contact hours live
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (5.5 ) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (5.5) hours.|
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (5.5) contact hours.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (5.5) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (5.5) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 5.5 CE hours.

Creative Arts Therapists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0005. (5.5) contact hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0220 for (5.5) CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (5.5) hours general. Expires 3/31/2019.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (5.5) CE Hours.

Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (5.5) contact hours

Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402


Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days Or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often And while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions Or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.