People's Law Series Continues with 'Family Matters' Seminars Through GCC's Leisure Learning Program

Collaborative Initiative with GCC's BEST Center & the Genesee County Bar Association

Batavia, New York —“Family Matters” is the theme for the next three-part segment being offered through the “People’s Law Series,” a collaborative initiative between the Genesee Community College’s BEST Center and the Genesee County Bar Association. Each of the following three seminars, being offered as part of GCC’s Leisure Learning non-credit community workshops, are scheduled on Tuesdays evenings from 7:00-9:00 PM at Genesee Community College, Batavia Campus in room T102 and costs just $10 a piece. Each seminar is presented by well known local attorneys who have extensive experience in Family Court proceedings.

Seminar I - Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 – 9:00 PM / T102 / Fee $10
“Getting Past Your Breakup- Custody, Visitation and Child Support”
Presenters: Robert B. McCutcheon, Esq.; Peter M. Casey, Esq.
This session will focus on the definitions of sole versus joint custody and the custodial parent. Attendees will learn about child support payment plans and other financial responsibilities, as well as court orders and attorney representation, mediation, and understanding who makes the decisions regarding a child’s health, education, religion, and general welfare.

Seminar 2 - Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 – 9:00 PM / T102 / Fee $10
“Matrimonial Actions”
Presenters: Deborah L. Burhans, Esq.; Benjamin J. Bonarigo, Sr., Esq.
Divorce is a life changing event and understanding the principals of matrimonial law can only help ease the transition and process. Spousal support, distribution of marital assets and debt, taxation, health insurance and separate property principles are among the topics of this session.

Seminar 3 - Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM / T102 / Fee $10
“Juvenile and Family Offense Matters”
Presenters: Durin B. Rogers, Esq., Deputy County Attorney for Genesee County
When the actions and behavior of children result in Family Court proceedings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members and friends are all concerned and need information. Knowing about the Juvenile Delinquency proceedings, PINS (People in Need of Supervision), and understanding the legal ramifications of truancy, substance abuse, sexting, bullying, fighting, stealing, the destruction of property and the Family Offense proceedings are among the topics covered in this session.

“Family matters often involve and are a significant concern to the greater family network including grandparents, aunts, uncles and others. This series is affordable and specifically segmented to target an array of different Family Court issues,” Ray Chaya, director of The BEST Center and coordinator of the new Leisure Learning program said.

Durin B. Rogers, Esq., president of the Genesee County Bar Association noted that the series allows for local attorney’s to give back to the community. “This segment of the People’s Law Series provides an excellent general reference point for domestic situations that impact many families at one time or another.” It should be noted that the three-part series is provided as a public service for general reference information and is not intended to be legal advice for specific cases.

Founded in 1912, the Genesee County Bar Association is a voluntary professional association that pools the collective talents and experiences of approximately 100 member judges, lawyers, and legal professionals across the county to improve the practice of law, advance the goals of the justice system, and benefit the community.

As the BEST Center’s Leisure Learning division continues to develop and introduce new programs, the public is invited to share ideas and opinions for future topics. A short Leisure Learning online survey is available at: and all survey participants will be entered into the Leisure Learning drawing to win a Kindle Fire electronic reader.

For the updated list of courses visit: and contact The BEST Center to register by calling 585-345-6868.

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