Direct examination for your family law hearing. Hi. I'm attorney Chris Nicolaysen, and I'm going to talk to you about your direct examination at your family law hearing.
I want to talk to you specifically about my approach to it. So generally, from an attorney standpoint, I often think of it as the person on the witness stand or the person telling their story at that point in time is going to be the star right then. That person's going to be able to tell their story. If I'm the attorney, I'm going to be the one who's going to be narrating the story, and the judge is going to be your audience, so you want to make sure you're telling your story to the judge, who is going to be your audience.
Now, an effective way to be able to tell your story is going to be through headlines. So what I often use are headlines such as parenting, child support, spousal maintenance, or the separation agreement, which would be things like your assets and your debts. But by breaking those areas down, then you can have effective ways to tell your story without rambling on too much.
You want to make sure that you use efficient use of your time because sometimes at your family law hearing, you're actually on a clock. The judge will give you so much time to be able to effectively present your direct examination. So it's important that you kind of have things blocked out so that you can tell your story effectively.
The other thing I tell parties to do then is to also block that out from most important area that they want to talk about to least important area. So if you're fighting over the vehicle, and that's not really that important to you, but parenting is more important, make sure you start with parenting first.
So these are just some tips on my approach to an effective direct examination. Again, I'm attorney Chris Nicolaysen. I'm a family law attorney at Springs Law Group. If you have any questions, feel free and contact us. We'd love to talk to you.