Deposition Strategies in Divorce and Custody Cases: Taking and Defending Depositions of Parties, Lay Witnesses and Experts

Leveraging Deposition Testimony During Discovery, Settlement and Trial

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Thursday, February 23, 2017
Recorded event now available


This CLE webinar will prepare family law practitioners to take and defend depositions of parties, lay witnesses and expert witnesses in divorce and custody cases. The panelist will explain tactics for preparing witnesses, outline techniques for effective questioning, and offer strategies for leveraging deposition testimony during discovery, settlement and trial.

Description

Effective deposition skills are critical to a successful family law practice. Information gained during depositions impacts trial strategy and settlement discussions. Obtaining or protecting critical information during depositions is key to a positive—or negative—case outcome.

Properly preparing deponents, taking control of the dynamics of a deposition, effectively questioning lay and expert witnesses, and strategically raising objections all have a significant impact on the amount and usefulness of information obtained during depositions.

Listen as our authoritative panel of family law attorneys discusses effective witness preparation techniques, advanced questioning methods, and strategies for using deposition testimony during discovery, settlement discussions and trial.

Outline

  1. Planning for depositions
    1. Determining who to depose
    2. Goals of deposition
    3. Seating arrangements, participant personalities and other “dynamics” considerations
    4. Witness preparation
    5. Document requests
  2. Taking and defending depositions
    1. Questioning witnesses
    2. Raising and responding to objections
    3. Using exhibits
    4. Using information obtained from social media
  3. Post-deposition strategies
    1. Using deposition information during discovery
    2. Using deposition information during settlement discussions and trial

Benefits

The panelist will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the most common challenges family law practitioners face when taking and defending depositions of parties, lay witnesses and experts?
  • What deposition questioning techniques will maximize the information obtained from witnesses?
  • What strategies are effective when raising and responding to objections during depositions?
  • How can deposition testimony be most effectively used during discovery, settlement and trial?

Faculty

Kirk C. Stange, Founding Partner
Stange Law Firm, St. Louis

Mr. Stange has years of complex family law litigation experience. He is a frequent lecturer at CLE seminars, locally and nationally, for other attorneys and legal professionals on family law topics, including divorce and trusts. He is a published author on family law issues. He was been on the list of Super Lawyers for Family Law by Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine.


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Family Law Advisory Board

Gunnar J. Gitlin

Atty

Gitlin Law Firm

Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin

Partner

Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby

Randall M. Kessler

Founding Partner

Kessler & Solomiany

Paula G. Kirby

Paula G. Kirby

Christopher C. Melcher

Partner

Walzer & Melcher

Julia Swain

Atty

Fox Rothschild

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Partner

Tonneman Vuotto Enis & White

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