What to Expect
What to Expect – Court Clinic
The Second Judicial Court Clinic in Albuquerque is a group of professional family therapists, counselors, psychologists, and social workers who work for the court. They are called Court Clinicians. Court Clinicians sometimes get involved when there are issues relating to when and for how long the children will be in each parent’s care, both on a regular basis and for vacations and holidays (also known as “timesharing” or “physical custody”). They also are called in when there is a dispute as to whether both parents or only one parent should make important decisions for the children, such as Continue reading →
What to Expect – At Depositions
A deposition is one tool in a lawyer’s tool box to find out information to prepare a case for settlement negotiations or for trial. A deposition is similar to interviewing a party, witness or someone with specific information about a case. The interview is done under oath, with a court reporter recording everything that is said by the lawyer asking the questions and Continue reading →
What to Expect – Going to Court
If you’ve never been to court before, it can seem scary. I will try to de-mystify the experience and hopefully alleviate your fear.
What should I wear?
Men should wear a button down shirt, dress slacks and nice shoes. If you wish, you can wear a suit. Dressing properly – like you were going to a job interview or important event – shows the judge that you respect the process and acknowledge the importance of the occasion.
Women should wear a dress, nice skirt or slacks, and a conservative blouse or sweater. If you wish, you can wear a suit. Skip the super short skirt or dress, and sexy tops. Again, think about how you would want to present yourself if you were going on a job interview.
Arriving at the courthouse
Get there early. You never know if there will be traffic, bad weather or anything else that might cause a delay. Confirm in advance where you will meet your attorney. Ask the legal assistant about where to park.
Everyone has to go through security, similar to the airport, except you don’t have to Continue reading →
What to Expect – The First Meeting with Your Family Law Attorney
Most people feel nervous when meeting with a lawyer, especially when they are also dealing with a major change in their family life. Take a deep breath. I promise I don’t bite. Here’s a little bit about what to expect in our first meeting.
My initial consultations take about 1 ½ hours on average. Based on experience, I find that clients stop absorbing information after that amount of time and sometimes they are emotionally exhausted.
We’re going to have a detailed conversation. I am primarily going to listen to you. I will ask questions to guide the discussion so I can get a better picture of what’s happening in your life and to learn what are your primary concerns and goals. You will also have ample time to ask me questions. I suggest you write down your questions before you come, and then go over the list before we conclude the meeting to be sure you haven’t forgotten anything. Continue reading →