Custody Bootcamp for Moms is Back!

Posted on Jul 7, 2023 by Katie Carter

After an absence of several years, we’re bringing back Custody Bootcamp for Moms!  Like so many things, Custody Bootcamp was a casualty of the pandemic.  We knew we had to change the way that we offered the seminar – and, anyway, it was in need of some fresh new updates – but the world stayed shut down for a lot longer than we expected.

And, even once restrictions started loosening a bit, we were still nervous!  After all, most of us have young kids ourselves, and we couldn’t see introducing more risk.

Anyway, somehow, we ended up taking an almost three year hiatus.  No one ever expected that, least of all us!

But now, we’re back and – maybe we’re biased, but we’re pretty sure – we’re better than ever.  Though the content of the seminar was always good, we’ve improved some of the extra elements we added in, like the PowerPoint presentation that we follow and the video components that we’ve introduced.  We’re really excited to show it to you and to see what you think!

What is Custody Bootcamp for Moms?

Custody Bootcamp was originally the brainchild of Kristen Hofheimer, the former managing partner of the firm.  She passed away in 2019, but one of her passion projects was custody cases, and, specifically, helping women who wanted to represent themselves.

Though we’re attorneys – and we make our living by representing people in court in divorce and custody cases – we know that not everyone can afford attorney representation.  But that doesn’t mean that we’re okay with moms going into the courtroom blindly and hoping for the best!

No – we’ve made our careers on providing Virginia women with the information they need about divorce and custody cases.  We have four free books, a number of free reports, blogs like this one, a divorce seminar, a custody seminar, and a lot more (just visit our website at to see the extent of our resources).

But custody cases aren’t easy, so it’s not like we can just do a quick little hour presentation and you’re suddenly armed with what you need to tackle a full fledged custody case!  It’s complicated.  You probably already know that, but it is.  That’s why Custody Bootcamp for Moms is an intense program; it’s a roughly 6-ish hour seminar, but we’ll stay until the last woman’s last question is answered.

We cover a range of topics, including:

  • The best interests of the child factors (that you HAVE to address and the judge has to listen to!);
  • The role of the Guardian ad litem, and how to work with him/her;
  • The difference between physical and legal custody, and how visitation/parenting time can be arranged;
  • When to sit and stand, how to address the judge, what to wear;
  • How to question and cross examine witnesses (and survive being questioned and cross examined yourself);
  • How to get your evidence in (and keep his evidence out); and
  • How to give a killer opening and closing argument


When is Custody Bootcamp for Moms?

Our next Custody Bootcamp for Moms is July 15th, 2023.  The seminar will be offered – like our Monthly Divorce Seminar – on Zoom, so you can listen in from the privacy (and comfort) of your own home.

We plan to return to the quarterly Custody Bootcamp schedule, with the seminar offered in January, April, July, and October.  More information to come on the October seminar date!

Who will be teaching Custody Bootcamp for Moms?

For the July seminar date, attorney Caitlin Walters will be presenting.  Caitlin loves custody cases, has worked as a Guardian ad litem, and has more than a decade of experience with our firm.  You’ll love her!

But you won’t just see Caitlin – even though she’s presenting.  We’re adding in a number of new videos, which will also feature attorneys Sheera Herrell, Lorna Rhoades, and me, Katie Wilcox Carter.  By our October seminar, we’ll have videos also featuring Lori Michaud and Ashli Pack – so you can see each of us live and in action.

How much is it to attend Custody Bootcamp for Moms?

The cost to attend Custody Bootcamp for Moms is $297 – but, for the July seminar, and the July seminar only, we’re offering a discount with the code July2023 for 50% off the total cost.

It’s less than the cost of an hour with a moderately priced local attorney, and it’s full of tons of information about custody cases in Virginia.

Where can I get more information or register?

For more information, or to register to attend, you can visit our website.  We definitely hope to see you at the seminar, and are happy to address any extra questions you may have.  Feel free to email me directly at