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Family Law is different. The overriding dynamic in a temporary order hearing or a final orders hearing is the judicially-imposed time limit. Because of the crowded dockets, the judge or magistrate invariably will impose a 1-hour time limit for temporary orders and a 2 to 3-hour time limit for final orders. The time limit is the total time for the hearing considering both sides. Each side will get ½ of the allotted time.

So, not only does your presentation have to be persuasive, it must efficient and succinct.Many times, in divorce cases, there are multiple issues (ie  child custody, duration and amount of alimony, child support, division of marital property, division of debt, retroactive financial issues reserved at temporary orders, etc).  There is a lot to talk about in a limited time.  You must use your time well or the court will cut off your presentation. That often means if you have multiple witnesses, having to choose the best ones to testify. If you have a significant number of documents, you often have to select the best exhibits to present.

This makes a family law hearing different from a personal injury trial or business litigation trial. The same judge will give often the parties a week to try a personal injury case or more than a week for a document-intensive business case. Time pressure in these situations is generally not an issue. These types of cases require a thorough presentation of a lot of evidence; and, preparing for such a trial is extremely tedious.

This dynamic has implications for the choice of an attorney. A personal injury or business litigation, in many cases, is best approached a team of paralegals and attorneys to effectively present the case. A typical family law case does not require a team approach. Even the typical family law firm usually does not use a team approach to litigation. The firm simply delegates your case to an associate.  This is generally a matter of economics as well as the size of the case. The typical family law client, at the premium law firm rate, cannot afford a team approach to the litigation with multiple attorneys reviewing the potential evidence and deciding how to present the best evidence at the hearing. The team approach is best used for clients in contingent fee cases (where the client is not paying an hourly rate) or for the business who can afford the fees.

At the typical family law firm, the owner generally has a lot of experience. But, his associates may not. It is in the owner’s best interest to delegate your case to an associate to keep his associates busy; however, this delegation will not be in your best interest. You will be paying premium law firm prices for an associate to handle your case. The associate will be making the strategic and tactical litigation decisions that are required to effectively present a succinct family law case.  The associate will be learning a lot but at your risk and your expense.

I am a family law solo practitioner. I have over 25 years of experience. I concentrate on family law, and I handle every case myself. I limit the number of active cases I handle. You will have the benefit of my experience and my judgement in presenting your case. We will work together to analyze your circumstances, and your potential witnesses and exhibits; so, we can present effectively, succinctly and persuasively present your case to the Magistrate or Judge. You will have my personal attention to your case. I will not delegate your case to an associate. I promise.

Family law includes a broad range of cases. There are divorces-often with multiple issues, parenting responsibility cases, military divorce, common law marriage, grandparent’s rights, adoption, custody modifications. I have web pages on child custody and military divorce.  I discuss many more family law related issues in my blog.

I handle cases in Colorado Springs (El Paso County) and select cases in Castle Rock (Douglas County) and Pueblo (Pueblo County).

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