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Monday, 9/24/201, 2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Presenters: Mark Ponsolle—Assistant County Attorney and Human Services Director, Ramsey County
Melissa Rossow—Assistant County Attorney and Assistant Human Services Director, Ramsey County

Paternity disestablishment has become an increasing issue for most states as the ability to have basic genetic testing simply requires a trip to your local pharmacy. State legislatures have enacted, or are considering enacting, legislation that allows a man to challenge his adjudication of paternity by presenting genetic evidence excluding him as the biological father. Even in the absence of legislation, some courts have used judicial rules and procedures to disestablish paternity. The rapid growth of this issue has raised concerns about the impact of paternity disestablishment on the IV-D program, the program’s requirements, and the availability of federal funding for state IV-D program expenditures. Come hear a survey about the laws relating to adjudications and disestablishments, legal conflicts between genetics and voluntary acknowledgments or adjudications, problems caused by the marital presumption, and the Federal Office perspective on disestablishment. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their own concerns.

Intended Audience: Attorneys, Child Support Staff, Supervisors

Tuesday, 9/25/2012, 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Presenters: Lisa Lazaretti—Project Manager, DHS/CSED
Cindy Steinberg—SHLIF Coordinator, DHS/CSED
Deb Kreger—Trainer, DHS/CSED

Four years ago, the Order Modification Grant (OMG) Project set out to simplify and streamline the process for the review and modification of child support orders. In the coming months, the OMG Project will roll out its final set of deliverables. This session will summarize the past, fill you in on the present, and highlight the future improvements for the process to review and modify child support orders.

Intended Audience: General Audience

Wednesday, 9/26/2012, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Mark J. Ponsolle—Assistant County Attorney and Director of Human Services, Ramsey County of Human Services Division
Patrick Hest—Assistant County Attorney, Ramsey County

This annual session will discuss the new changes resulting from the 2012 legislative session that affect family law as well as some bills that did not pass but may be back in the 2013 legislation. There will be an update as to the "state of child support" today and what issues we can anticipate for the future. Key state appellate decisions from October 2011 through August 2012 will be discussed relating to child support, parentage, civil contempt, civil non-support, UIFSA, judgments, and civil procedure (both published and unpublished cases). The audience will have a chance to participate in the presentation with questions and suggestions for future legislation and litigation.

Intended Audience: Attorneys, Magistrates, Supervisors, Child Support Staff

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