This course, presented by California Certified Family Law Specialist and former Chair to the Family Law Section of the California State Bar, Mark Ressa, will cover everything you will need to know about establishing and modifying child support orders in California. Given that very few child support orders deviate from California Guideline Child Support, a large part of the program will be spent on how to maximize or minimize child support for your client.
Financial ability, imputing income, need for support, what is includible in ‘income available for support,’ rebutting the presumptively correct amount (i.e., deviating from California Guideline Child Support) and dealing with ‘child support add-ons’ are some of the topics that will be covered. Also discussed will be bonus support (i.e., Ostler/Smith) and strategies to minimize future modifications and frequent ‘true-ups.’
Mark Ressa received his B.A. in 1975 from Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan) and his J.D. in 1979 from Whittier College, School of Law (Los Angeles, California). He was admitted to the California and Federal Bar in 1979. He limits his practice exclusively to family law matters including complex litigation, spousal and child support, paternity, high conflict custody disputes and domestic violence. His office is located in San Ramon and he practices primarily in the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Solano.
He is a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the California State Bar (2008-2011), Editor of the Family Law Section's eNews (2008-2009) and Vice-Chair for the Family Law Section's Online Continuing Education (2008-2009). Prior to his appointment to FLEXCOM, he served as Chair (2006-2008) and Vice-Chair (2005-2006) of the State Bar Family Law Section's Bay Area Regional Standing Committee, formerly known as Financial Issues North. He is a member of the state and local bar associations.
Mr. Ressa created and marketed the first Windows-based child/spousal support calculation program to be certified for court use by the California Judicial Council, i.e., SupportPro, from 1994 to 1998. He served with other software providers, including family law luminaries Steve Adams and Garrett Dailey, to advise the California Judicial Council on the standards to be applied for the use of software in courtrooms. Mr. Ressa co-founded Legal dot Net in 1995, internationally recognized as one of the first leading websites to serve the needs of legal consumers as well as legal professionals.
He has lectured to various bar associations, including Inns of Court, the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association. Recently he has lectured for the State Bar's Section Education Institute.
Mr. Ressa is an avid cyclist, motorsports fan and teaches elementary school children chess. He resides in the East Bay community of Danville with his wife and their two wonderful young sons.
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