Audio CD + Course Book

Divorce Litigation From Start to Finish

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

February, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • VA CLE - 6.00
From Event: Divorce Litigation From Start to Finish, held February 2018.

Program Description

Much has been said about the issues discussed in divorce. But what about the procedures? Are you intimately familiar with all the dos and don'ts of family court? This procedural guide will walk you step-by-step through the mechanics of a divorce case. Streamline your motions practice and explore new and time-tried discovery techniques. Get sample forms and tactical tips that will help your next case go smoothly. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Divorce Case Intake and Pre-Litigation Tactics
  2. Commencing Divorce Action
  3. Discovery Procedure
  4. Ethics
  5. Pre-Trial Motions Practice and Settlement Strategies
  6. Trial of a Divorce Case
  7. Enforcement and Post-Trial Modifications

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 VA - Credit Approval Expiration 10/31/2018 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 9:45, Alanna C. Williams
    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?
    9:45 - 10:30, Edward V. O'Connor Jr.
    1. Determining Residency and Declaring Domicile
    2. Venue and Jurisdiction Considerations and Conflicts
      1. Personal
      2. Subject Matter
    3. Automatic Orders
    4. Summons/Petition and Response
    5. Service of Process (Defendant in the State, in Another State, in Another Country, or Cannot be Located)
    6. Scheduling Orders and Meeting the Deadlines
    7. Responsive Pleadings - What to Use, When and How
    10:45 - 11:30, Edward V. O'Connor Jr.
    1. Timing of Discovery
    2. Requesting and Gathering Evidence (Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions, Depositions, Medical Examinations, Requests for Production, etc.)
    3. Evidence Production
    4. Spoliation Considerations
    5. 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.)
    6. Locating, Valuing and Dividing Assets
    7. Pros and Cons of Using Private Investigators
    8. Supporting the Claim for the Primary Caregiver
    9. Guardian Ad Litem/Custody Evaluators Communications, Reports, Fees
    10. Case Law Update
    12:30 - 1:30, Alanna C. Williams
    1. Fee Agreements - Review a Sample Agreement
    2. Dealing With a Pro Se Litigant
    3. Conflict Checks
    4. Ethics Case Law Update
    1:30 - 2:30, Richard F. Gibbons Jr.
    1. Validity of Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
    2. Restraining/Protective Orders - Special Rules and Strategies
    3. Request for Hearing, Witness List and More
    4. Requirements for Pendente Lite/Temporary Relief Stipulation and Order
    5. When and How to Use Collaboration or ADR Procedures
    6. Settlement Options and Tips for Negotiating Child Custody and Visitation
    7. Rights, Priorities, Conduct of the Settlement Conference/Evidentiary Hearing
    2:45 - 3:45, Richard F. Gibbons Jr.
    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
    3:45 - 4:30, Jennifer D. Cisneros
    1. Preparation and Implementation of (Qualified) Domestic Relations Orders
    2. Support Order Enforcement Options (Civil Contempt, Execution, Garnishment, Attachment, etc.)
    3. Support Modification Requests: Grounds, Proof, Procedure
    4. Child Custody Modifications
    5. Relocation Issues
    6. Current Case Law

JENNIFER D. CISNEROS is a partner in the northern Virginia law firm of Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC. Since 2004, Ms. Cisneros has practiced in the areas of family law, divorce, child custody, child support, visitation rights, adoptions, spousal support, relocation cases, domestic violence, juvenile crimes, reckless driving, DUI/DWI, estate planning, wills and probate, trusts, civil and business litigation, and debt collection. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Loudoun County Bar Association, and the Virginia Women Attorney Association (past secretary). Ms. Cisneros earned her B.A. degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.

RICHARD F. GIBBONS JR. is the principal of the law offices of Richard F. Gibbons, Jr., PLC, in Fairfax, Virginia. For the last 14 years, Mr. Gibbons has served as special counsel to the city of Alexandria, Virginia, for the prosecution of cases involving the abuse and neglect of children. A former state prosecutor, he has practiced criminal law for more than 24 years and family law for more than 17 years. Mr. Gibbons has lectured on issues of divorce, custody and ethics in domestic relations. He earned his B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. degree from the College of William and Mary. Mr. Gibbons is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar.

EDWARD V. O'CONNOR JR. is the sole practitioner of the law firm of Edward V. O'Connor Jr., P.C., where his main areas of practice are family law, child custody, child support, divorce, spousal support, equitable distribution, business law and entertainment law. He is admitted to practice before the Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, District of Columbia; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. O'Connor is a previous lecturer in his areas of expertise for the Fairfax Bar Association, the Arlington County Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He earned his B.A. degree from Duke University and his J.D. degree from the New York Law School.

ALANNA C. WILLIAMS is the owner of The Law Office of Alanna Williams, where she focuses her practice on family law issues of divorce, custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony), and equitable distribution of property. She is recognized in The National Advocates - Top 100 Lawyers. Ms. Williams is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Fairfax Bar Association (Family Law Section), Fairfax County Circuit Court Committee, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She earned her B.S. and B.A. degrees from San Diego State University, and her J.D. degree from California Western School of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

VA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This course has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 6.0 hours of pre-recorded credit, which includes 1.0 hour of ethics. Attorneys may earn a maximum of 8.0 credit hours annually using pre-recorded programs.

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