Expert Testimony in Divorce Litigation: Discovery, Depositions, and Trial

Strategies for Admissibility and Use

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


Conducted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide an advanced course on the role of expert testimony in divorce litigation. Such testimony can address multiple issues (financial, behavioral, etc.), and the divorce litigator must be able to manage the expert process through discovery, pretrial motions, and trial testimony.

Description

Expert testimony is a crucial part of litigation, and divorce litigation is no exception. With Daubert almost universally adopted in state courts (including Florida's adoption in May 2019), divorce trial lawyers must master the nuances of using, attempting to introduce, and challenging expert testimony.

Divorce disputes involve many subjects supported by expert testimony. Financial and valuation experts are often essential not only to numbers desired upon at trial but also to provide each party a sense of the other's view of reality in mediation and settlement discussions. Behavioral and medical experts can address custody and other nonquantifiable issues.

The expert has a role in both discovery and trial. A strong deposition of the other side's expert lays the groundwork for a Daubert challenge and can position the client for a favorable pretrial resolution. This webinar will provide legal and factual preparation for deposition cross and trial cross-examination strategies.

Listen as our panel of courtroom veterans provides real world guidance regarding experts in divorce proceedings. The panel will discuss Daubert in the divorce context and provide practical advice concerning expert selection, deposition, and trial examination.

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Outline

  1. Subject matters for experts in divorce cases
    1. Quantifiable subjects (valuation, financial, etc.)
    2. Unquantifiable subjects (behavioral, medical, etc.)
  2. Expert depostion
    1. Fact preparation
    2. Legal preparation
    3. Conduct of deposition
  3. Daubert motion (before trial)
  4. Trial examination of expert
    1. Direct
    2. Cross

Benefits

The panel will review these and other essential matters:

  • The appropriate subject matter of expert testimony
  • Role of Daubert in the divorce context
  • Deposition preparation and strategy
  • Experts during trial

Faculty

Stange, Kirk
Kirk C. Stange

Founding Partner
Stange Law Firm

Mr. Stange has years of complex family law litigation experience. He is a frequent lecturer at CLE seminars, locally...  |  Read More

Jillian Wood
Jillian A. Wood

Managing Partner
Stange Law Firm

Ms. Wood has extensive experience in family law matters such as divorce, paternity, child custody, child support,...  |  Read More

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