Representation In Court: Experienced Court Litigation Lawyers
The Court Representation Process
In a typical family law case, the steps in a court case are as follows:
1. Pleadings Stage
Initial court documents are served on the other party and filed at the Court (Application, Answer, Financial Statements)
2. First Appearance
In front of a court clerk, ensuring that all pleadings are filed and that the parties are ready for a case conference; case conference date is then set
3. Case Conference
Usually first step in front of Judge; parties to serve/file briefs – discuss case with Judge and what steps (disclosure) are necessary to get the file ready for a settlement conference and resolution; Judge will provide input to the parties on their case if appropriate;
Judge makes decisions on temporary issues such as custody/access, child support, spousal support, sale of property, financial disclosure, etc.
5. Settlement Conference
In front of a Judge and parties to serve/file briefs; Judge acts as a mediator and helps the parties try to settle or narrow their issues and avoid a trial on those issues; Judge will provide input to the parties on the case.
6. Trial Scheduling/Trial Management Conference
In front of a Judge;
Parties present their evidence (oral testimony and documentary evidence) and Judge makes final decision based on that evidence.
The vast majority of cases settle before the trial stage is reached. Trials and motions are unpredictable and complex. The lawyers at Chapman McAlpine Law have experience litigating in Court while making a good faith effort to resolve issues on a reasonable basis as early as possible in the court process.
Kara-Lynne worked so quickly and efficiently to do the very best and get me to a place where I now know I have something to count on when I retire. In family law matters having someone standing beside you, guiding you and representing you and your best interest can make such a difference as you go through the process. She is a one in a million lawyer that I continue to recommend to anyone who is need.
Absolutely AMAZING team!! Not only do they accommodate my crazy work schedule, but Kara, Barry, and Paul actually work with me on my case to ensure my kids are coming first. They’re always available when I need them and their dedication to their clients is bar none, and I don’t know where I would be without them! I cannot say enough good things about everyone who works here and recommend them to anyone who is in need of a family lawyer!
I came to Chapman McAlpine Law after phone calls with many other law firms, but once I spoke to Paul, the level of comfort I had, I decided to canceled my other appointments. The attention to details, and level of attentiveness I’ve received from Kara-Lynne Chapman is unfounded. I now feel like I’m not going through this fight on my own. I know she’ll clarify anything I don’t understand, and walk me through everything.
“Allison McAlpine did a great job at making me feel comfortable throughout the whole court process. I originally worked with her when she was first with a prior firm and now she is executing the same skill set at her own firm for a much more affordable price!!! As a father dealing with Family Court, I would 100% retain her again.
I hired Kara Chapman for my divorce and various following motions. I can’t say enough about how incredibly professional, honest, thoughtful and considerate she was. She made the legal aspect of the experience much easier and I could always rely on her opinion and expertise.
Kara-Lynne is determined, motivated and very compassionate. Her knowledge on family law is extensive. She works hard for her clients. She successfully helped me receive what was best for my children. I was awarded more than I originally thought I would; which was a huge relief.
Kara is very professional and will go the extra mile for her client. She will always fight for her client and will not back down until a reasonable agreement is reached. You’re in good hands with Kara on your side.
Allison and Paul have been quite expedient, informative and have shown genuine concern for my situation. I appreciate all of your efforts, upholding my confidence in your team to represent me in the best manner possible. Thank you.
I am very thankful that I found Allison. She listened with compassion, provided sound advice and was very proactive in getting resolution to a difficult situation. Working with Allison was absolutely life changing. I highly recommend Allison and her staff.
I would sincerely like to thank Allison McAlpine and Chapman McAlpine Law for representing me during a very difficult and lengthy separation. Allison’s support, patience and legal acumen most certainly guided me through the process to a satisfactory end result and I can now move forward with a new chapter in my life.
Often in times of need, it is very important to work with professionals; who are attentive, who are smart and who are willing to listen with compassion, honesty and integrity. Allison and Paul were all of these and more. They typically went above and beyond, and provided excellent service, guidance and support. They were efficient, accurate and prompt making me feel comfortable throughout the process, as well as showed respect for my time too.