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Preparing for a Child Custody Trial provides a concise and relevant look at the entire judicial process during a custody case. Written by an attorney who has practiced for over a decade in the family law arena, has served as guardian ad litem and mediator for numerous years, and has prosecuted and defended a multitude of contested custody matters, this book offers readers the guidance they need to prepare for a child custody trial. The author covers such key topics as assessing your position, maximizing your chances of success, acquiring vital information, aiding in witness selection and depositions, preparing for trial, and finally, undertaking the trial itself. Through these various topics, this book assists readers in establishing and coordinating a case with an attorney. Preparing for a Child Custody Trial is an indispensable resource that provides the essential information necessary to prepare a successful custody case-preparation being the key to victory in almost every venture.This easy-to-read book explains the custody proceedings from start to finish, including useful insights, warnings for the uninitiated, and tips for navigating the travails of a contested custody matter. After reading this guide, individuals will be able to proceed with confidence in tackling their custody cases. Book jacket.
Stan R. Weller is a practicing attorney in the Southern Illinois/Metro East St. Louis area. He established the Weller Law Firm in 2006 after a number of years in private firms as well as a period with the Illinois Attorney General's office working in the Sexually Violent Persons Unit. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1992 and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 1998. He is a certified mediator, arbitrator, and former guardian ad litem, but concentrates his practice in the areas of family law and bankruptcy.
Table of Contents
Choosing your Battle: Sole Custody or Joint Custody?
Married or Single: Does It Make a Difference?
Assessing your case: What Kind of Parent Am I?
Gathering Evidence: Can I Prove It?
Discovery: What Do They Have?
Guardian ad litems and custody evaluators: Who Is Looking Out for the Children?
Trial Pendency: What Is Happening Now?
Trial: What Will the Judge Decide?
Post-Triap: Now You Have Custody-What Do You Do With It?
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