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The Divorce Trial Manual: From Initial Interview to Closing Argument

Includes CD-ROM with forms and a 67-page Client Manual
The Divorce Trial Manual: From Initial Interview to Closing Argument
Product Code: 5130122
Authors: Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin, Stephen A. Kolodny
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 978-1-59031-237-7
Page Count: 280
Trim Size: 7 x 10 Paperback with CD-Rom
Sponsoring Entities: Section of Family Law
Topics: Family Law, Litigation
Format: Book - 5130122
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About the Book

This step-by-step manual is designed to help the practicing family lawyer effectively and successfully navigate through the complexities of domestic litigation. This is a much-needed resource, as most divorce lawyers spend more time in court than any other type of so-called "litigation lawyers." Putting into words the many lessons formulated and taught during the seventeen-year history of the annual Trial Advocacy Institute for matrimonial lawyers, The Divorce Trial Manual covers everything from the essential information gathered in initial client meetings to organizing the case and bringing all the issues and evidence together in the trial and closing argument.

Written by Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin and Stephen A. Kolodny, two nationally known family lawyers who frequently write and speak on topics in the field, The Divorce Trial Manual is a complete roadmap from the initial interview through preparation for trial. It lays out all the steps in the process, including:

  • How to conducting effective discovery

  • Methods for selecting and preparing lay witnesses

  • How to develop and present a theory of the case

  • Use of the opening statement and closing argument

  • How to organize material to prepare for trial

  • Cross examination strategy and tips

  • The necessary information to cross-examine appraisers and custody evaluators

  • The rules of evidence and basic evidentiary objections

  • And much more


  • Clearly written and logical in its style and organization, this practical volume is filled with practical advice, useful tips, checklists, sample Q and A's, bullet points, and helpful guidelines for handling the diverse circumstances of a trial. The Divorce Trial Manual is the necessary tool family lawyers need to organize and present their case in order to achieve the optimum outcome for their clients. The included CD-ROM contains practical forms plus an invaluable, 67-page client manual.

    What Others Have Said

    "This is the definitive, long-awaited, and possibly first of its kind handbook on every aspect of the preparation of a domestic relations case from the first meeting with the client through the trial. It should be on the bookshelf - no, on the desk - of every family law practitioner. Lynne and Steve have shared their extensive experience and knowledge, and distilled the collective knowledge of the faculty of the ABA Trial Advocacy Institute, into a manual that is easy to use, easy to understand, and easy to put into immediate practice. The appendices alone are worth more than the cost of the book. I enthusiastically recommend The Divorce Trial Manual to every attorney who practices, or is considering practicing, in the family law courts."

    Sandra Joan Morris, President
    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    San Diego, CA


    "The Divorce Trial Manual is written by two renowned trial lawyers who have a unique ability to teach what is important for every family lawyer to know about trying a dissolution of marriage case."

    Donald C. Schiller
    Schiller DuCanto and Fleck
    Chicago, IL


    "This book is a must-have for every matrimonial lawyer. Whether an experienced practitioner or the new kid on the block, everyone needs to have The Divorce Trial Manual on his desk."

    Marsha B. Elser
    Marsha B. Elser & Associates
    Miami, FL


    "With The Divorce Trial Manual, Lynne Gold-Bikin and Steve Kolodny create a road map that leads the matrimonial lawyer from that first meeting with the client through the signing of the final decree. Their combined talent and insight provide detailed guideposts for every aspect of the case. This manual belongs on the bookshelf, and in the trialcase, of every family law attorney."

    Patricia J. Lasher
    The Fullenweider Firm
    Houston, TX


    "A book which should be on your office, reviewed before you start any trial. The authors, who have taught trial advocacy, impart their knowledge in a mini-course, helping practitioners through the ups and downs of trials. A must for family lawyers handling litigation."

    Barbara Ellen Handschu
    President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    Buffalo, NY

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