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STARTING A FAMILY COURT CASE and FIRST APPEARANCES

November 15, 2019

Written by Allison R. McAlpine Being involved in a family law court case is overwhelming for most clients. The process involves numerous court dates which are not self-explanatory processes.   Those include the pleadings stage, first appearances, urgent motions as opposed to motions after a case conferences, case conferences/DRO conferences, settlement conferences, trial scheduling and trial management conferences and trials. The vast majority of cases settle prior to, or during, one of these steps in the court process. So not every case will reach every stage.  Given the confusion of these…

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A Caution Regarding Online Family Law Resources

November 11, 2019

Written by Colin A. Steffler This blog is one of many resources available online that attempts to provide some basic information about family law. Many other family law firms have similar blogs where they try to answer simple, frequently-asked questions relating to separation and divorce, or to the legal system more generally. There are also many informational websites produced by individuals and groups involved in the family law system, such as mediators, arbitrators, government agencies, and interest groups (such as father’s rights groups). In addition to these sites, there are…

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WAYS TO SAVE LEGAL FEES IN A FAMILY LAW CASE

October 09, 2019

Written by Allison R. McAlpine Hiring a lawyer to represent you in a family law case can be expensive – we get it. Below we offer some tips on how to save legal fees when working with a lawyer in a family law case: WORK WITH A MEDIATOR BEFORE HIRING A LAWYER You should meet with a lawyer for a consult at least prior to mediation (that way you get a sense of the legal issues and your rights/obligations prior to mediation). A mediator is a trained independent person who…

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I Think My Spouse Owes Me An Equalization Payment; Can I Pay My Legal Fees When I Get That Money?: Contingency Fees and Family Law

June 25, 2019

Written by Colin A. Steffler There are numerous law firms advertising on television, radio, internet, and elsewhere that claim, “our lawyers only get paid when you get paid” or “no fees unless we win”, or otherwise offer some arrangement where the lawyer’s fees are taken out of any settlement or court judgment obtained. These fees are referred to as “contingency fees”, since the amount payable to the lawyer is “contingent” (that is, it depends) on winning and, typically, also on the size of the settlement or judgment (since contingency fees…

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