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Divorce Litigation From Start to Finish LIVE Virtual Training

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Divorce Litigation From Start to Finish

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Your Guide to Navigating the Court System in a Divorce Case

Much has been said about the issues discussed in divorce. But what about the procedure? Are you intimately familiar with all the "musts" and "must-not's" of family court? Let our seasoned attorney faculty walk you through a detailed step-by-step instruction on the mechanics of a divorce case. Streamline your motions practice and explore new and time-tried discovery techniques. Get sample forms and tactical tips to make your next case go more smoothly for you and the client. Register today!

  • Get a refresher on how the divorce case moves through the court system to ensure no key steps are missed.
  • Get a head-start on the case with sound advice for your client on what to do before announcing the decision to the spouse.
  • Enhance your early investigation skills and learn when and how to decline representation.
  • Make certain your initial court filings are impeccable to make the right impression on the judge.
  • Explore the latest tools and sources in divorce e-discovery.
  • Gain strategic tips for the timing and content of your pre-trial motions to give them maximum force.
  • Review the process of obtaining protective orders in cases involving domestic violence.
  • Augment substantive knowledge with clear understanding and mastery of the court mechanics and classic litigation strategy.
  • Find out how the courts treat requests for support modification.

This is a rebroadcast of the original webcast delivered by Richard B. Gantt, Rachel Platt & Kirk C. Stange on November 2, 2020. Faculty will be available to answer your questions after the program.

Agenda

10:00 am - 5:00 pm - All times are shown in Eastern time

  1. DIVORCE CASE INTAKE AND PRE-LITIGATION TACTICS
    10:00 - 11:00, Kirk C. Stange
    1. Client Interview Questions and Documents to Obtain
    2. Advice to Client Who Hasn't Yet Told the Spouse About the Decision to Divorce
    3. Initial Analysis and Investigation
    4. Declining Representation
    5. Case File Organization Tips
    6. Divorce From Bed and Board/Legal Separation
    7. Annulment: Grounds, Procedure, Consequences of an Annulment Decree
    8. Is an Expedited Procedure Available?
  2. COMMENCING DIVORCE ACTION
    11:15 - 12:00, Rachel Platt
    1. Determining Residency and Declaring Domicile
    2. Venue and Jurisdiction Considerations and Conflicts
      1. Personal
      2. Subject Matter
    3. Summons/Petition and Response
    4. Service of Process (Defendant in the State, in Another State, in Another Country, or Cannot be Located)
    5. Motions for Temporary Relief
    6. Scheduling Orders and Meeting the Deadlines
    7. Responsive Pleadings - What to Use, When and How
  3. DISCOVERY PROCEDURE
    12:00 - 1:00, Richard B. Gantt
    1. Timing of Discovery
    2. Effective Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents in Divorce
    3. Requests for Admissions: The Most Important Discovery Tool
    4. Motions for Medical and Vocational Evaluations
    5. Taking and Defending Depositions
    6. Impact of Current Technology on Divorce Discovery (Including: E-Mail; Text Messaging; Social Networking Sites and Blogs; Privacy Issues in Wiretapping and Other Surveillance; etc.)
    7. Locating, Valuing and Dividing Assets
    8. Pros and Cons of Using Private Investigators
    9. Guardian Ad Litem/Custody Evaluators Communications, Reports, Fees
  4. ETHICS
    1:30 - 2:30, Kirk C. Stange
    1. Fee Agreements - Review a Sample Agreement
    2. Dealing with a Pro Se Litigant
    3. Conflict Checks
    4. Ethics Case Law Update
  5. PRE-TRIAL MOTIONS PRACTICE AND SETTLEMENT STRATEGIES
    2:30 - 3:15, Rachel Platt
    1. Preliminary Orders
    2. Addressing the Validity of Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
    3. Obtaining Retraining/Protective Orders in Cases Involving Domestic Violence
    4. Tips for Negotiating Child Custody and Visitation
    5. When and How to Use ADR Procedures: Arbitration, Mediation, and/or Med-Arb
    6. Judicial Settlement Conference
  6. TRIAL OF A DIVORCE CASE
    3:30 - 4:15, Richard B. Gantt
    1. Family Court Trial Procedure
    2. Introducing Evidence
    3. Maximizing Client/Witness Testimony
    4. Final Disposition
    5. Effective Use of Trial and Post-Trial Motions
    6. Preserving Issues for Appeal
  7. ENFORCEMENT AND POST-TRIAL MODIFICATIONS
    4:15 - 5:00, Rachel Platt
    1. Enforcement Options
      1. Contempt Remedies
      2. Enforcement Motions
      3. Civil Contempt, Execution, Garnishment, Attachment, etc.
    2. Support Modification Requests: Grounds, Proof, Procedure
      1. Child Support
      2. Maintenance
      3. Family Support
      4. Section 71 Payments
    3. Can You Revise a Final Property Division Order?
    4. Relocation Issues: When Representing the Moving Parent
    5. Enforcement of Child Custody Orders: UCCJEA
    6. International Enforcement: The Hague Convention

Who Should Attend

This divorce law course is designed for attorneys.

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