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Advanced Family Law for District Court Judges

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This North Carolina Judicial College course is intended for judges with some experience trying equitable distribution cases. The objective of this course is to allow participants to discuss equitable distribution cases in a small-group, interactive setting. To make this possible, attendance will be limited, and we may not be able to accept all applications. All judges are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to applications from judges who have some experience trying equitable distribution cases.

Topics for discussion include classification of marital and divisible property and debt; valuation methodologies; trial management techniques; and post judgment issues.

Topics - Courts and Judicial Administration

  • Family Law
  • Equitable Distrbution
  • Marriage
  • Spousal Agreements

Who should attend

  • Public Officials - Courts and Judicial Administration Roles
  • District Court Judges


Cheryl Howell joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1992. Prior to that, she practiced law in Winston-Salem and Fayetteville and worked as a research assistant to Chief Judge R.A. Hedrick of the NC Court of Appeals. Currently, Howell teaches, consults, and writes a...