Divorce 101: Understanding Marriage Dissolution


Date: August 10, 2020
Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm PDT

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Knowledge is power when it comes to a divorce. Divorce 101 provides you with a strong starting point no matter where you are in the process. Gain valuable insights from a panel of experts regarding financial concerns before and after your divorce, emotional care for you and your children, and what to expect from family courts in southern California. In collaboration with Custody Queens.


Moderator: Carrie Block, CFLS, Partner and Family Law Attorney, Holstrom, Block & Parke

Carrie Block, CFLS, Partner and Family Law Attorney, Holstrom, Block & ParkeCarrie Block is the managing partner at the Orange County office of matrimonial law firm Holstrom, Block & Parke. With more than 25 years’ experience in top-tier family law firms, Carrie is an expert in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, spousal support, paternity and premarital rights. Her practice at HBP focuses on high asset family divorce, collaborative divorce and mediation in Orange County.

Carrie helps clients achieve the legal outcomes they seek with compassion and sensitivity. She prides herself on being available for her clients while guiding them through the difficult transition of divorce so that they can move forward into a brighter future.

Ms. Block specializes in representing clients in agreed-upon divorces, post-judgment modifications, enforcement of existing orders and premarital agreements. As a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) expert, she is highly qualified to resolve unique issues that 401(k)’s, pensions and benefits present in divorce. Carrie’s expertise allows her to complete QDROs without outside experts, allowing difficult negotiations regarding retirement funds to be completed earlier in the divorce process.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990 and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in 1993.

Carrie was awarded the status of California Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Only a small percentage of all California family law attorneys achieve “Certified Specialist” status. To be certified by the State Bar of California, Block passed a rigorous exam and demonstrated a high level of experience and achievement in the area of family law.

Psychologist: Janice L. Moody, Ph.D., LCSW

Janice L. Moody, Ph.D., LCSWJanice Moody lives by the philosophy that “developing strong relationships is the foundation of life”while demonstrating this both personally and professionally.

Janice received her education through various venues, completing her Associate Degree at Riverside Community College, and Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Human Development, and Master of Social Work from California State University, San Bernardino. She achieved her PhD in Psychology from North Central University.

She is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi as well as the Golden Key International Honour Society. She is licensed through the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Janice’s certifications include Clinical Trauma through the International Association of Trauma Professionals, Anger Management through Anger Management Treatment Professionals, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

She has been employed through The Children's Service Center of Riverside, The Corona Vet Center, Inland Southern California Psychotherapy Association, and has volunteered for the City of Corona's Trauma Intervention Program (TIP).

Janice continues to provide individual, family, and group services to those in her community in a private, confidential, and professional therapeutic environment. She is on the Riverside County Courts provider list delivering services for Co-Parenting Counseling, Anger-Management, Psychotherapy, and Parenting.

She has knowledge and experience in the areas of children affected by divorce, step-family adjustment, post and current relationship and marriage issues, victims of trauma, crisis resolution, anger management, parenting children with special needs, stress management, and depression and anxiety.

Janice has spent the last 2 decades using her personal and professional experiences to help children, adolescents, and adults build awareness, gain understanding, and establish change through numerous therapeutic methods, including cognitive behavioral, family systems, play and art, solution focused, and insight oriented therapies.

In her personal life, Janice and her husband furnished a licensed family foster home from 1997 through 2019 while adopting and providing legal guardianship for several children, bringing their total to 11. Her experiences have resulted in an extensive background in blended families, foster care, adoption, and parenting special needs children, while coordinating with school systems for those in special circumstances.

Janice is currently in private practice in Corona where she enjoys spending time with her ever-growing family.

Matthew Bogosian, CFLS, Family Law Attorney, Holstrom, Block & Parke

Matthew Bogosian, CFLS, Family Law Attorney, Holstrom, Block & ParkeMatthew (Matt) Bogosian has practiced family law exclusively throughout his legal career. Matt graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with Departmental Honors. After being inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honors society, Matt attended Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu where he earned a Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution at the world renowned Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. In law school, Matt received the American Jurisprudence Award in Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy, earned Honors in Trial Practice, and won the Appellate Advocacy Invitational. His elective courses of study included Family Law, Advanced Family Law, Community Property and Divorce Mediation.

During and after law school, Matt clerked for Family Law Commissioner Bobbi Tillmon of the Los Angeles Superior Court and volunteered in the Family Law Pro Bono Clinic of the Ventura County Superior Court. In addition, Matt served as legal research assistant to Beverly Hills celebrity divorce attorneys Robert S. Kaufman and Arlene Colman-Schwimmer where he assisted in high profile cases and the division of complex estates.

Upon his admission to the State Bar of California, Matt practiced family law at the Los Angeles office of global law firm Morrison & Foerster, LLP. During his two years at the firm, Matt served as lead counsel on a successful Petition for Writ of Mandate to the California Court of Appeal, obtaining the reversal of an erroneous child custody jurisdiction ruling made by the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Matt spent an additional three years practicing family law at Nordman, Cormany, Hair & Compton in Ventura County before embarking on a successful independent law practice with offices in Calabasas, Beverly Hills and Long Beach. Having appeared in family law matters from San Francisco to San Diego, as well as having handled dozens of inter-state and international family law matters, Matt’s breadth of knowledge and experience has no geographic limits.

Since 2010, Matt has been Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. From 2015-2016, Matt served as an Adjunct Professor of Divorce Mediation at his alma mater, Pepperdine University School of Law. Matt has also been a court-appointed mediator by the Ventura County Superior Court and has served as a private divorce mediator in hundreds of family law matters. As lead trial and appellate counsel in the partially published opinion, In re Marriage of Bonvino (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 1411, Matt not only had an award of sanctions upheld on appeal but was so successful at the trial court level that the California Court of Appeal felt compelled to change community property law to prevent such windfalls in the future.

Since 2016, Matt has been selected to Southern California SuperLawyers, a designation given to the top 5 percent of Southern California attorneys. Going a step further, Matt is recognized as among the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Matt is AV Rated Pre-Eminent by the Peer Review Ratings Agency Martindale-Hubbell, achieving the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Having been a child of divorce in a heart-wrenching move-away and having experienced divorce firsthand as an adult, Matt blends his extraordinary skills with personal experience and compassion for each client. Matt customizes his services to each case, creating a strategy for resolution to achieve optimal results in the most efficient manner possible. His dispute resolution background enables him to devise creative solutions, to achieve settlement where prior negotiations have broken down, and to pursue aggressive litigation and discovery methods when necessary to achieve equitable results for the client.

Chad Willardson, CFF, Founder, Pacific Capital

Chad Willardson, CFF, Founder, Pacific CapitalChad Willardson is a Certified Financial Fiduciary® and the Founder of Pacific Capital, a financial advisory business in Southern California primarily serving families and entrepreneurs. Prior to starting Pacific Capital in 2011, he spent 9 years at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management after earning his economics degree from Brigham Young University. Chad’s been named a 5-Star Wealth Manager every year since 2012, which is awarded to less than 3% of Advisors in the U.S. Chad was featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, INC., Financial Advisor magazine, and Entrepreneur magazine.

Chad currently serves as the Elected City Treasurer of Corona, managing the $350 million dollar city investment portfolio. Chad also served as the Vice Chairman of the Citizen Oversight Committee for the $396 million CNUSD bond. He spent 2 years as a service volunteer living in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Belarus. Chad earned the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America and has volunteered locally in this organization for over 15 years. In 2012, he earned the White House Volunteer Service Award. Chad and his wife were married in San Diego in 2001 and are blessed with five children, two girls and three boys. In his personal time, he enjoys playing sports, especially basketball, snow skiing, golf and spending family time at the beach.

Don Mowery, Real Estate Broker and a Certified Residential Appraiser

Don Mowery, Real Estate Broker and a Certified Residential AppraiserI get it, practically everyone you know today has a real estate license. Most people assume that since an agent has a license, they have the experience and knowledge to help you buy or sell a home in today’s market. They don’t realize until it is too late, that they may have chosen the wrong agent.

Hi, my name is Don Mowery, and I am both a Real Estate Broker and a Certified Residential Appraiser, here in the Inland Empire and serve the counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange. I have been helping people, just like you, to solve their real estate challenges. Whether you are buying your first home, selling your current home to downsize, or need a property valuation, my team and I can help!

As you can see from my reviews I have sold thousands of homes and appraised even more! This experience matched with my education from the California State Polytechnic University of Pomona, my certifications as a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, a Real Estate Collaboration Specialist-Divorce, and a Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource, combined with my 30 years of experience, give you advantages that you cannot find with other agents.

If you or someone you know need a REAL, bottom-line approach without any fluff or false promises, I can advise you on all the options, so that you can choose the best solution for your particular challenge.

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Pacific Capital
Call:  (844) 777-8777

The Mowery Group
Call:  (951) 363-2314

Janice L. Moody, Ph.D., LCSW
Call:  (951) 529-1610

Custody Queens
Call:  (833) 622-0001

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