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GIVING YOUR BEST TESTIMONY IN A CUSTODY CASE

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It’s important that you communicate to the judge the kind of relationship you have with your children. You may be the best parent in the world, but if you can’t effectively describe this, you probably will not do as well as you desire in your case. Some witnesses verbalize better than others. If you… Read More »

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Tips For Testifying In Court

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Your lawyer will spend time preparing you before your day in court, and will have suggestions and advice tailored to the type of proceeding and unique facts of your case.  The following are some general suggestions that will improve your appearance and testimony. Don’t ever guess when you are responding to a question, either… Read More »

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DISCOVERY IN THE DIVORCE CASE

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The beginning stage of the divorce proceeding is usually a “discovery” period, during which both sides collect information necessary for settlement discussions and/or trial. Discovery is accomplished through interrogatories, depositions, and requests for documents. Discovery refers to both parties’ right and responsibility to gather and disclose information — primarily financial — to the other… Read More »

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SUPPORT AND CUSTODY MATTERS

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In Pennsylvania, actions for support and custody usually occur as separate and distinct proceedings. In fact, these actions may each be heard by a different decision maker. Local rules governing these procedures vary from county to county. Support.  Contested support proceedings usually begin with a conference before a Domestic Relations Officer. The conference is… Read More »

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THE 3000 FOOT VIEW OF YOUR DIVORCE CASE

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Once your lawyer has been retained, he or she will begin work on your family law problem. Alternative dispute resolutions, such as mediation, are options you may want to talk about, as well as whether or when to file for divorce. Lawsuits proceed in different ways. Here are some examples to help you discuss… Read More »

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PREPARING FOR YOUR INITIAL DIVORCE CONSULTATION

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If you are like many people who have never before used the services of a lawyer, your first visit to the lawyer’s office may generate some anxiety for you.  This anxiety may be heightened if the visit is to discuss your impending separation or divorce.  For this reason, it would be helpful for both… Read More »

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IS YOUR DIVORCE LAWYER TOUGH ENOUGH?

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Some people think that lawyers must refuse to cooperate with opposing counsel in order to be tough — for example, not consenting to mutually convenient dates for meetings, depositions, etc., and negotiating without compromise on contested issues. This notion is sadly misguided. The time to fight may be during tough negotiations or in court…. Read More »

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WHY DIVORCE LAWYERS RECOMMEND THERAPISTS

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Divorce cases are emotionally charged, so your lawyer may encourage you to seek counseling before or during the process. Counseling can help you reduce the pain, accept the marriage’s end, learn new coping skills, and pick up the pieces of your life and go on. Don’t wait for your spouse to agree to participate…. Read More »

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TWO COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT DIVORCE

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Many clients share the same fears, questions, and beliefs about separation and divorce. Following are two of the most common. How long will this take? At the beginning of a case, it is difficult to foresee how long it will take. After it is underway and your lawyer understands the issues, he or she… Read More »

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TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR LAWYER

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Read all correspondence and keep it in a file for future use and reference. To keep you informed of your case’s progress, your lawyer should provide you with copies of pleadings and correspondence throughout the case. You should familiarize yourself with these documents. What your lawyer needs to know. In order to do the… Read More »

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