Evidentiary Challenges in Divorce Cases: From Writings and Photos to Text Messages and Social Media
Authenticating, Admitting, and Objecting to Admission of Evidence and Testimony
A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A
This CLE webinar will provide family law counsel with approaches for defending the admissibility of evidence in divorce cases. The panel will discuss laying the foundation for exhibits, review authenticating and introducing different types of evidence, and identify ways to restrict evidence and testimony.
- Cornerstone of all evidence: relevance, reliability, and authenticity
- Proper procedures for authenticating and admitting exhibits
- Text messages
- Websites, including social media
- Business records
- Proper testimony: when may a lay witness testify to opinions or conclusions?
- Original evidence rule and when it applies
- How to properly admit a summary
- Effective use of demonstrative exhibits
- The hearsay rule and common exceptions used in a family law case
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- The proper procedure for authenticating and admitting different types of exhibits
- When a lay witness can testify to opinions or conclusions and when not
- Common exceptions to the hearsay rule in a family law case
- The original evidence rule and when it applies
- Unique challenges and solutions to introducing and authenticating electronic evidence
Mr. Leopold focuses his practice on family law appeals. He has been voted by his peers as a “Top... | Read More
Mr. Leopold focuses his practice on family law appeals. He has been voted by his peers as a “Top Attorney” in both family law and appellate law and has been recognized as a Texas Rising Star by Thomas Reuters for appellate law. Mr. Leopold has also received the Joseph W. McKnight Best Family Law CLE Article award for his continuing legal education treatise on evidence, among other awards. He regularly prepares presentations that he or others present in continuing legal education courses in Texas and around the nation.Close
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