Steer Clear of Common Roadblocks in Divorce Litigation
With multiple details to keep track of in divorce litigation, there is no time for costly and time-consuming mistakes. Join our experienced faculty as they sort through issues that trip up those handling divorce and gain valuable tips to avoid them. Stay on top of client intake to make sure no critical details are being missed. Develop ways to ensure that no stone goes unturned in the search for pertinent information in discovery. Guide your divorce case through litigation while sidestepping top mistakes - register today!
- Ensure you have not missed important information during client intake.
- Avoid pitfalls surrounding the inadequate commencement of the divorce proceeding.
- Make sure ALL crucial information is exposed during the discovery process.
- Dodge common errors while drafting pre-trial motions and settlement agreements.
- Be prepared to handle unique issues that may arise during the divorce trial.
- Appropriately and efficiently handle post-trial modifications.
All times are shown in Eastern time
- Divorce Case Intake: Failure to Obtain all Pertinent Information
10:00 - 11:00, Daniel J. Hoff
- Client Interview - Not Asking the Right Questions
- Failure to Obtain Important Documents
- Lackluster Initial Analysis and Investigation
- Improperly Declining Representation
- Not Understanding When an Expedited Procedure can be Used
- Improperly Commencing Divorce Action
11:15 - 12:15, Tifanne E.E. Wolter
- Venue and Jurisdiction Pitfalls
- Inaccurate or Incomplete Summons/Petition and Response
- Service of Process Headaches to Avoid
- Erroneous Filing of Motions for Temporary Relief
- Failure to Abide by Deadlines and Scheduling Orders
- Responsive Pleadings - What to Use, When and How
- Discovery: Failure to Uncover Critical Information
12:15 - 1:15, Lucas Dawson
- Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents: Pitfalls to Avoid
- Requests for Admissions: Failure to Get ALL Information
- Motions for Medical and Vocational Evaluations
- Not Having Control of Depositions
- E-Mail; Text Messaging; Social Networking Sites and Blogs; Privacy Issues in Wiretapping and Other Surveillance; etc.
- Failure to Locate, Value and Divide Assets
- Ineffective Communication with GAL/Custody Evaluators
- Pre-Trial Motions and Settlement: Drafting Errors to Avoid
1:45 - 2:45, Lucas Dawson
- Failure to Address the Validity of Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
- Not Obtaining Restraining/Protective Orders in Cases Involving Domestic Violence
- Inadequately Negotiating Child Custody and Visitation
- Misinterpretation of ADR Procedures: Arbitration, Mediation, and/or Med-Arb
- The Divorce Trial - Not Being Prepared for the Unique Family Law Scenarios
2:45 - 3:15, Tifanne E.E. Wolter
- Post-Trial: Failure to Properly Handle Modifications, Enforcement and Contempt
3:30 - 4:00, Daniel J. Hoff
- Contempt Remedies
- Enforcement Motions
- Civil Contempt, Execution, Garnishment, Attachment, etc.
- Support Modification Requests: Grounds, Proof, Procedure
- Child Support
- Family Support
- Section 71 Payments
- Failure to Address Relocation Issues
- Misunderstanding Child Custody Order Enforcement in UCCJEA Matters
- Avoiding Ethical Conundrums in Divorce Cases
4:00 - 5:00, Lucas Dawson
- Fee Agreements - Review a Sample Agreement
- Dealing with a Pro Se Litigant
- Conflict Checks
- Ethics Case Law Update
This program is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit.