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Publication Date: October 2012
Available Formats: Print
Pages: 260

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Content Summary:

  • Update of Virginia Family Law
  • A Few Good Lawyers--Can You Handle The Truth About Ethics?
  • Making A Silk Purse Out of a Sow's Ear
  • Modern Families: Do Grandma, Grandpa, or Auntie Ann Have Custody or Visitation Rights?
  • Are The "New" Rules of Evidence Really New?
  • Judge's Panel Hypothetical Questions

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Challenging Issues in Today’s Family Law Practice

A thorough review of the significant family law cases from the past six months; a look at timely issues related to ethics (including what you should do when the other side calls); how to rehabilitate your “less-than perfect” client through the use of pretrial discovery; the law giving the standing of third parties to pursue custody or visitation of a child, with examples of recent cases to illustrate how it has been applied by our courts to various factual scenarios; a review of the “new” rules of evidence that went into effect on July 1, and their application to family law cases; and more.

This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from an October 2012 seminar cosponsored with the Family Law Section of The Virginia Bar Association. It is available in print or searchable PDF via download, USB Flash Drive, or CD-ROM. Click here for more information on electronic books.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

UPDATE ON VIRGINIA FAMILY LAW
Edward D. Barnes

        I. Introduction
        
            A. Abbreviations
    
            B. Published and Unpublished Cases
    
        II. Procedural Issues
    
            A. Preserving Issues for Appeal
    
            B. Providing an Adequate Record for Appeal/Appellate Procedure
    
            C. Jurisdiction
    
            D. Miscellaneous
    
        III. Premarital and Property Settlement Agreements
    
            A. Validity
    
            B. Enforcement
    
        IV. Grounds for Divorce/Validity
    
            A. Validity of Marriage
    
        V. Equitable Distribution
    
            A. Classification
    
            B. Valuation
    
            C. Division of Assets
    
        VI. Child Support
    
            A. Determination/Consideration of Statutory Factors
    
            B. Enforcement and Collection
    
        VII. Support and Maintenance
    
            A. Determination
    
            B. Modification
    
            C. Imputation
    
            D. Cohabitation Analogous to Marriage
    
        VIII. Attorney’s Fees/Sanctions/Contempt
    
        IX. Custody and Visitation
    
            A. Determination of Custody/Visitation
    
            B. Modification of Custody/Visitation
    
        X. Parental Rights
    
            A. Termination of Parental Rights/Foster Care/Findings of Abuse
            And Neglect
    
        Addendum

A FEW GOOD LAWYERS - CAN YOU HANDLE THE
TRUTH ABOUT ETHICS?

Susan Massie Hicks

        I. Dealing with Represented Parties
    
        II. Dealing with Uncommunicative Opposing Counsel and Attorney
        Misconduct
    
        III. Dealing with Unrepresented Parties
    
        IV. Returning a Client’s File When Fees Outstanding
    
        V. Advertising
    
        VI. Comments by Third Parties and Direct Contact with Perspective
        Clients
    
        VII. Pre-Text, Interception, Access
    
        Appendix

MAKING A SILK PURSE OUT OF A SOW’S EAR

Richard E. Garriott

        I. Introduction
    
        II. Client Consultation  
    
            A. Initial Meeting
    
            B. Setting Expectations
    
        III. Discovery
    
            A. Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
    
            B. Interrogatories
    
            C. Depositions
    
            D. Request for Admissions
    
            E. Subpoenas Duces Tecum
    
        IV. Guardian Ad Litem
    
            A. When to Request a Guardian
    
            B. Guardian Quality
    
            C. Relationship Building
    
        V. Expert Witnesses
    
            A. Doctors/Psychologists
    
            B. Other Experts
    
        VI. Pretrial Motions
    
        VII. Settle the Case

MODERN FAMILIES: DO GRANDMA, GRANDPA, OR AUNTIE ANN
HAVE CUSTODY OR VISITATION RIGHTS?

Dennis M. Hottell
Melanie Hubbard


        I. Introduction
    
        II. Standing to Assert Custodial Rights
    
            A. Who Can Seek Custody and Visitation Rights?
    
            B. Who is a “Person With a Legitimate Interest?”
    
        III. Third-Party Custody: The “Primacy of the Parent-Child Relationship”
        and the Presumption Favoring Natural Parents
    
            A. Virginia Has Long Recognized a Presumption in Favor
            of Natural Parents in Custody Disputes
    
            B. When Can a Court Award Custody to a Non-Parent Over
            a Parent?
    
            C. Overcoming the Parental Presumption
    
            D. A Closer Look at the Five Circumstances Under Which the
            Parental Presumption May be Rebutted
    
            E. After the Parental Presumption is Rebutted, and a Third-Party is
            on Equal Footing with the Parents, the Best Interests of the Child
            Must Still be Considered
    
        IV. Third-Party Visitation: The Williams Standard and Harm vs. Best
        Interests
    
            A. Deference to Parental Decisions-Making Under Troxel v.
            Granville
    
            B. Williams v. Williams
    
        V. When Third-Parties Rise to the Level of Parents, and Other Issues Raised
        by Denise v. Tencer
    
            A. Background
    
            B. Father and Grandfather Stood Equally Before the Law
    
            C. Father’s Petition Did Not Involve an Initial Custody
            Determination
    
            D. Waiver
    
        VI. Conclusion

ARE THE “NEW” RULES OF EVIDENCE REALLY NEW?
Charles E. Powers
Jennifer M. Fox


        A. Where Did the Rules Come From?
    
        B. Where Are the Rules?
        
        C. What Do the Rules Say?

JUDGES PANEL HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS
Carl J. Witmeyer, II

Authors

Edward D. Barnes

Susan Massie Hicks

Richard E. Garriott

Dennis M. Hottell

Melanie Hubbard

Charles E. Powers

Jennifer M. Fox

Carl J. Witmeyer, II

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