Valerie D. Arnold, Esq.

Valerie Arnold is shareholder and partner with Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PA. Ms. Arnold practices in all areas of family law including divorce, interstate and international divorce and child custody, Hague Convention and non-Hague parental child abduction, parental child abduction prevention, third-party custody and visitation, and appellate law.  Ms. Arnold is rated a Super Lawyer® by SuperLawyers.com based upon her work and peer recognition in the area of family law. Ms. Arnold is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, which is an international organization of family law attorneys recognized by their peers as among the most experienced and skilled in international family law matters in their respective countries.

With almost twenty years experience advocating for clients in and out of the courtroom, Ms. Arnold is frequently invited to speak locally and nationally on a wide range of family law topics including advanced seminars on complex property division, discovery tactics, trial techniques, third party custody as well as interstate and international family law and mediation. Ms. Arnold has also published numerous articles on interstate and international family law including authoring the “Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues” chapter for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook.

Ms. Arnold volunteers for the Tubman Law Clinic, the Ramsey County Pro Se Clinic, and the U.S. State Department’s Hague Attorney Network.

Admissions:

1997 Minnesota Supreme Court

2004 U.S. District Court District of Minnesota

Rule 114 Qualified Neutral for Facilitative Family Law Mediation in Minnesota

Education:

University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN
J.D. (1997)
Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court
Winter/Spring 1996, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon, France

University of Minnesota, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Minneapolis, MN
Doctoral student in Second Languages and Cultures (1992 – 1994)

University of Minnesota, Department of French and Italian, Minneapolis, MN
M.A. French (1992)
Related Field: Art History

Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France
Maîtrise de Lettres Modernes: certificat en linguistique (French Master’s degree in linguistics) (1990)

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
B.A. French, Minor: Linguistics (1988)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Co-Speaker, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) 54th Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts (June 2017)
“Parenting Plans in International Cases”

Speaker, Family Law Series: Child Custody Deskbook, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2016)
Interstate and International Issues”

Speaker, Ramsey County Bar Association, Family Law Section CLE, St. Paul, Minnesota (November 2016)
International Divorce and Child Custody”

Speaker, Family Law Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, St. Paul, Minnesota (March 2016)
Interstate and International Issues”

Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2015)
“The Complete Family Lawyer: Interstate and International Issues”

Co-Speaker, ABA Section of International Law, Washington, D.C., (November 2015)
“International Family Mediator Training: Language Barriers”

Co-Speaker, ABA Section of International Law, Washington, D.C., (November 2015)
“International Family Mediator Training: Agreement Drafting and Enforcement”

Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (June 2015)
“Interstate Custody and Visitation Issues: UCCJEA and PKPA”

Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Webcast (March 2015)
“Advanced Issues In Divorce: Trouble Shooting Marriage Dissolution Issues”

 Olmsted County Bar – Family Law, Family Law Section (March 2015)
“Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act”

Co-Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2014)
“Advanced Family Law 2014: Hot Topics in Interstate and International Family Law: Relocation, Abduction, and the Enforcement of Support Orders and Property Division”

Co-Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Webcast (September 2014)
“A Paralegals Guide to Divorce Cases”

Co-Speaker, 35th Annual Family Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 2014)
“5 Unresolved Issues for Same-Sex Couples”

Co-Speaker, Tubman, Minneapolis, Minnesota (December 2013)
“The Intersections of Family Law and Immigration Law”

Co-Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2013)
Family Law Series: “Motions, Appeals, and Interstate and International Issues”

Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (May 2013)
“Child Custody Procedures: Form by Form – Discovery”
“Child Custody Procedures: Form by Form – PreTrial and Trial”

Speaker, Family Law Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, St. Paul, Minnesota (March 2013)
Family Law 50: “Interstate and International Cases”

Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2012)
Family Law 50: “Interstate and International Cases”

Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2012)
Family Law Series: “Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues”

Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (August 2012)
“Complex Child Custody and Support Issues In Divorce”

Speaker, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, US Chapter  (June 2012)
Hague Symposium – “Role of the Lawyer: Representing the Left-Behind Parent”

Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (April 2012)
“Legal Guide to Interstate Divorce Proceedings”

Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (November 2011)
“Child Custody and Support in Interstate Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA”

Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 2011)
“Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues”

Speaker, Strafford Publications, National Teleconference (October 2011)
“Child Custody Jurisdiction Under the UCCJEA: Navigating the Complexities; Determining Where to Initiate or Maintain a Custody Action and Leveraging Enforcement or Modification Remedies”

Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (July 2011)
“Evidence Tactics in Divorce: Witness Testimony”

Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (March 2011)
“Child Custody and Support in Interstate Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA”

Speaker, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers International Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand (September 2010)
“Defenses to Hague Convention Cases in the United States: Current Trends”

Speaker, Anoka County Bar Association, Anoka, Minnesota (July 2010)
“The UCCJEA: Navigating Family Law Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Issues”

Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (May 2010)
“The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction”

Speaker, Tubman, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 2010)
“Interstate Child Custody and the UCCJEA”

Speaker, Dakota County, Apple Valley, Minnesota (December 2009)
“International Divorce and Child Custody”

Speaker, U.S. Department of State’s International Leadership Visitor Program, Trafficking in Persons and Crimes Against Women and Children, Maplewood, Minnesota (July 2009)
Presented talk on international parental child abduction to a group of international visitors invited by the U.S. State Department to participate in the International Leadership Visitor Program.

Speaker, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Institute, Saint Paul, Minnesota (March 2009)
“Interstate and International Parental Child Abduction”

Speaker, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 2008)
“Interstate and International Relocation”

Speaker, Washington County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Stillwater, Minnesota (April 2007)
“Third Party Custody”

Speaker, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 2006)
“Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues”

Speaker, Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Saint Paul, Minnesota (January 2005)
“Third-Party Custody and Visitation”

Speaker, Lorman Education Services, Bloomington, Minnesota (March 2001 & March 2002)
“Custody Issues: An Overview of Child Custody Law in Minnesota”

Speaker, Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Saint Paul, Minnesota (September  2000)
“Interstate Enforcement of Child Support and Child Custody Orders”

Speaker, Lorman Education Services, Bloomington, Minnesota (August  2000)
“Children’s Records Law in Minnesota: Medical and Mental Health Records”

Speaker, Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Saint Paul, Minnesota (April 2000)
“Taming the Beast: The Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act”

Legal Publications:

“Child Custody Procedures: Form by Form – Discovery,” Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2013 NBI, Inc.

“Child Custody Procedures: Form by Form – PreTrial and Trial,” Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2013 NBI, Inc.

“Family Law 50: Interstate and International” Chapter, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, November 2012.

Manual: “Complex Child Custody and Support Issues in Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA,” Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2012 NBI, Inc.

Manual: “Legal Guide to Interstate Divorce Proceedings,” Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2012 NBI, Inc.

“Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues,” Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, October 2011.

Manual: “Evidence Tactics in Divorce: Witness Testimony,” Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2011 NBI, Inc.

Manual: “Child Custody and Support Issues in Interstate Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA,” Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2011 NBI, Inc.

“Innovations in Resolving International Family Law Cases in Tough Economic Times,” Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Forum, Winter 2010/11, Volume 19, No. 1.

Manual: “The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction,” Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2010 NBI, Inc.

“Interstate & International Civil and Criminal Remedies to Parents of Children Who Have Been Kidnapped,” Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Forum, Fall 2008, Volume 17, No. 1, co-author Scott Rodman.

“Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues,” Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, September 2006, co-author Thomas W. Tuft.

“International Parental Child Abduction,” Bench & Bar, December 2004, Volume LXI Number XI, co-author Thomas W. Tuft.

“Interpreting and the Law,” Ramsey County Bar Association Barrister, February 2003, co-author Bruce T. Downing, Ph.D.

“International Custody Jurisdiction: The Hague Convention,” Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Forum, Spring 2002, Volume 12, No. 3, co-author Thomas W. Tuft.

“Preventing Parental Kidnapping: Jurisdictional and Enforcement Issues,”Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Forum, Spring 2002, Volume 12, No. 3, co-author Thomas W. Tuft.

“Determining Child Custody Across Jurisdictions,” Bench & Bar, December 1999, Volume LVI Number XI, co-author Thomas W. Tuft.

“Parental Kidnapping and Child Safety: Current Case Law Trends,” MILE Seminar, Bloomington, MN (April 1999), co-author Thomas W. Tuft.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)

Member, The Committee on Hague Conventions (USA Chapter of IAML)

Board of Directors, AFCC – Minnesota Chapter (May 2009 to April 2013)

Warren E. Burger Inn of Court

Co-Chair, Ramsey County Bar Association CLE Oversight Committee, St. Paul, MN (August 2002 – May 2006)

 

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