The Florida Bar Family Law Section Monthly Newsletter

Nicole L. Goetz
2017-2018 Section Chair
With Hurricane Irma having passed, most can be thankful that the hurricane did not cause the kind of devastation we thought possible from this storm. For those who were not so lucky, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

As we work to rebuild and to return to normalcy throughout the state, community by community, business by business and individual by individual, I know each of us is grateful for family, friends and colleagues who came together to help when the storm clouds appeared and for those who remained to help recovery efforts when those clouds cleared. Luckily, many of us have not only seen, but have experienced, neighbors helping neighbors, lawyers and firms pitching in to help their clients and their colleagues.

Having weathered the storm, I am confident that all of us are ready to come back stronger than before, and in that regard, p lease plan to join us at our fall meetings that will take place at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs on October 6. Our room block is filing fast, so, if you have not already done so, please make your reservations now.

Thank you, again, to those who work hard to advance the purposes of the section; nothing would be accomplished without the tireless dedication of those members who donate their time to this organization.  I look forward to seeing you on October 6.

Nicole L. Goetz, Esq., Naples
Chair, Family Law Section of The Florida Bar
Florida Bar Works to Help Its Members and Florida's Citizens; YLD Seeks Volunteers

Please take the time to read and share an article published in the Oct. 1 Florida Bar News that contains numerous post-hurricane resources and opportunities for volunteer service. 

"Florida is no stranger to hurricanes," said Florida Bar President Michael Higer. "We have endured them before and will do so again. There are significant challenges ahead as we rebuild and recover, but together we will meet these challenges."

Here are some excerpts from the article:
  • The Florida Bar has gathered many helpful resources on its hurricane information page and will continue to update that page as more information becomes available.
  • Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute advisors can assist members by phone by calling 866-730-2020, the live chat feature at is active and members may email for assistance.
  • The Bar has created a system called the Florida Bar Member Disaster Recovery Connection to link Florida lawyers adversely affected by the storm with other lawyers able to assist. That assistance includes temporary housing; temporary office space; office furniture, equipment or office supplies; volunteer clean-up services; legal assistance; and other resources and services.
  • The Florida Bar is currently working with several member benefit providers to enhance existing offerings for members affected by Hurricane Irma, including complimentary additional services or extended complimentary trial periods. Please check the special enhanced benefit page for the latest added services.
Finally, The Florida Bar YLD is seeking volunteers to help with ongoing and future disaster relief efforts. The most pressing need is for volunteers to return calls placed to the YLD's 1-800 hotline or at FEMA centers. If you are able, please volunteer here.

Upcoming Events & CLEs
  • October 5 - 7.  Fall General Meeting - Bonita Springs (Oct. 6 Committee Meetings; Oct. 7 Executive Council Meeting).
  • Oct. 19. Parenting Plan: A Judicial Roundtable Discussion (webinar). Approved for 2.0 Marital & Family Law CLE credits.
  • Nov. 17. Practice Tips in Domestic Violence Litigation: How to Effectively Represent Clients in Domestic Violence Cases - live (Tampa) and webcast. Approved for 8.0 General / 8.0 Marital & Family Law CLE credits.
  • Nov. 30. Mechanics of Board Certification* (webinar).
  • Dec. 7. Family Law Case Update* (webinar).
  • Jan. 25. 2018 Midyear Committee Meetings - Orlando.
  • Jan. 26 - 27, 2018. Marital & Family Law Certification Review Course* - Orlando (presented in conjunction with the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers).
* Pending Florida Bar CLE credit approval.

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