Evidentiary Issues in Family Court Practice & Procedure
A litigation primer: Get it right, get it in!
Any attorney trying his or her first case before a judge is fraught with dread and anxiety. Where do I go, do I hand the exhibit book to the judge's clerk, am I expected to make an opening statement, etc. This course is designed for the new attorney who has either never tried a case or has tried a few and has had the unfortunate experience of not anticipating the nuances of a family law trial.
Every lawyer who intends to try a divorce, contempt, or modification must know the basics. What are the elements of my case which I need to prove? What are the common defenses that work? How do I ask a proper question or introduce a crucial document? Hearsay; privileged communication? What are those objections and how do I steer my way around them and present my case in the best light for the client? This course will guide you through the potential pitfalls and provide necessary guidance so that when your case is called, the butterflies, will disappear.
Agenda and written materials
- The Elements or Offer of Proof Necessary when Presenting a G.L. c.208, §34 Case, a Contempt or Modification
- How to Ask Proper Leading Questions and Conduct Effective Cross-examination
- Common Objections and How to Overcome Them
- What to Do when You Can't Overcome an Objection
- How to Introduce Documents Necessary for Your Case, Such as a Real Estate Tax Bill, Pay Stubs, Tax Returns, Etc.
- How to Properly Prepare for Trial, Including Exhibit Books and Witness Outline
- How Do I Overcome Hearsay and the Appropriate Use of G.L. c. 233
- Common and Effective Defenses to Complaints for Modification and Contempt
- The Do's and Don'ts of Effective Trial Practice
- Appellate Record: Offer of Proof
Table of Contents
- $225 MCLE Sponsor Members
- $165 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2007, pending admittees and law students