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Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators

HomeMonthly Meeting


MCAFM meets the last Tuesday of each month from 11:45 a.m - 1:15 p.m.  Registration begins at  11:30 a.m.  There is networking, information exchange, a business meeting and a program with continuing education certificates.

During the COVID-19 crisis, there will be NO in-person meetings until further notice.

ZOOM Cost:  Members with RSVP by noon Friday before the meeting -- $10
          Non-Members and Guests -- $15 




Tuesday, January 26, 20121
ZOOM Online Meeting
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (meeting begins at noon) 

For Zoom security purposes, all Attendees must RSVP in advance
Zoom link to attend meeting will be sent prior to meeting.  The link will not be posted on the MCAFM website.


OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW: The Latest in Family Law Cases, Rules and Statutes. 2019 and 2020 witnessed an explosion of changes in Family Law – not only from case law and legislation, but from a paradigm shift ‘courtesy’ of COVID-19. Join Kathleen McCarthy for a deep dive into the adventure. This presentation will be jam packed with the latest in analysis, insight, practical tips, and suggestions for innovative approaches. Refresh your skill set and learn more about:

  • COVID-related rule adaptations.
  • Legal decision-making after Paul E. and Nicaise.
  • Paternity presumptions and fraud post Mother Goose (McQuillen, Doherty, and Richard M.).
  • Community liens and disclaimer deeds (Femiano).
  • Annulment and its effect on community assets and debt (Hammett).
  • Koelsch issues in the 21st century (Quijada, Delintt, and Barron).
  • Whether court-ordered co-tenancy is alive and kicking (Dole).
  • Post mortem-spousal maintenance (Garlin).
PRESENTER:   Kathleen A. McCarthy is the owner of The McCarthy Law Firm, Southern Arizona’s largest law firm that is devoted solely to the practice of family law. Ms. McCarthy has been a lawyer for over 44 years, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) (and is certified as a private arbitrator by the AAML), is certified as a domestic relations specialist by the State Bar of Arizona, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, 1999-present (2010 Tucson Family Lawyer of the Year), Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007-pres., and in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. She is the recipient of the prestigious Alice Truman Award, 2012 State Bar of Arizona Continuing Education Award for outstanding contributions to the State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program; one of the 2016 recipients of the Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona, by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education. She has served on the State Bar of Arizona Family Law Advisory Commission (which certifies family law specialists in Arizona) for the past 20 years. She served on the St. Bar CLE Committee (2009-2011). She is a past Chair of the Family Law Council of the State Bar of Arizona and a past President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). She has been a guest lecturer at the Judicial College for family law judges, has written a handbook on spousal maintenance for judges and she frequently lectures and writes on family law related issues.

PLACE:   Zoom Online Meeting.  Materials will be emailed to attendees in advance of the meeting.  Continuing education certificates will be emailed following the meeting.

TIME  Zoom check-in 11:45 am - 12:00 p.m.  Meeting and Presentation Start at Noon

RSVP:   RSVP at – Events – Monthly Meeting by noon on the Friday preceding the meeting date.

CLE:   This program may provide up to one (1) continuing education credit hour based upon a sixty (60) minute hour.

Feel free to  contact Michelle Buonincontri, CFP at 520-369-3380 or  if you have any questions.