Unique Cross-Examination Issues in Family Law Matters (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Designation Credit: 2.0 Divorce and Family Law,
2.0 Trial Practice/Litigation (Designations Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 06/30/2026


A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the June 2023 webcast, Unique Cross-Examination Issues in Family Law Matters.

Course Outline

Get answers to these questions:

  • Back to basics: what is a leading question? When can you do it?
  • Planning cross-examination of the spouse or other parent: which topics are helpful to your case? Which topics are less persuasive to the judge?
  • Calling the adverse parent or spouse as your witness: should you do it? Can you cross-examine them? Can their lawyer cross-examine them?
  • Strong emotion on the stand: how should you adapt your style to handle witnesses who are tearful or angry?
  • Special witnesses in family law cases: how should you cross-examine the child who takes the stand, the child’s therapist, and the grandparents?
  • Knowing when to stop: did you make the points you wanted to make? Can these parties still coparent after they leave the courtroom?

Family law cases have high conflict and high emotion, creating plenty of opportunity for persuasive cross-examination. Without proper planning and skillful handling of different witnesses, however, it can be easy for your points to get lost and to lose control of the testimony. In this introductory seminar, we cover the fundamentals of cross-examination in family law cases and help you develop the skills you need to cross-examine with confidence.

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David J. Damico, Damico Law Firm / Roanoke
Nanda E. Davis, Davis Law Practice PLLC / Roanoke


David J. Damico, Damico Law Firm / Roanoke

David Damico has practiced in Roanoke for over 45 years. He handles criminal and family law matters and has served as a substitute judge in General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.

Mr. Damico practices in both state and federal courts, and has handled six death penalty cases, as well as a variety of murder, drug, child pornography, and other felony matters. He successfully represented clients in two Federal Racketeering (RICO) cases, where both clients were acquitted after six-week trials.

Mr. Damico attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate and graduated from UVa School of Law in 1976. He has been the Chairman of Criminal Justice Act Advisory Committee for the Western District of Virginia, 2005-2014, and the Board of Governors, VSB Criminal Law Section, 2007-2011.

Nanda E. Davis, Davis Law Practice PLLC / Roanoke

Nanda Davis opened her firm, Davis Law Practice, in Roanoke, Virginia, in 2014. Her practice consists entirely of divorce, custody, and matters involving Child Protective Services. In 2020, she was selected by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as one of the Influential Women of Law. She is the past president of the Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Women’s Attorney’s Association, and the past president of the Salem Roanoke County Bar Association.

Ms. Davis has spoken about family law and running your own law firm on numerous occasions, including events at Virginia Tech, Washington and Lee School of Law, and the University of Maryland School of Law. She has published many articles on the practice of law, including articles in Virginia Lawyers Weekly, the Virginia Family Law Quarterly, and Above the Law. Originally from Northern Virginia, Ms. Davis graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008, and from George Mason School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2012. Before moving to Roanoke, she worked as an attorney advisor at the Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges.

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