Enlightened Divorce Blog™ Reader and Colleagues (Get CLE Credits!):
I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford
live webinar, "Evidentiary Challenges in Divorce Cases: Traditional
and Electronic Communications" scheduled for Thursday, October 31,
A working knowledge of the intricacies of the rules of evidence is a must
for family law practitioners to achieve a successful result in any contested
court proceeding. Counsel must be able to properly lay the foundation
for and correctly introduce evidence in divorce cases.
Counsel must utilize proper procedures for authenticating and admitting
exhibits, from writings to photos, emails, text messages and websites,
including social media. Developing effective approaches for restricting
improper evidence, making proper objections, and setting forth offers
of proof is also critical.
Our panel 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
We will offer our perspectives and guidance on these and other critical
- What is the proper procedure for authenticating and admitting different
types of exhibits?
- When can a lay witness testify to opinions or conclusions and when not?
- What common exceptions to the hearsay rule may be used in a family law case?
- What is the original evidence rule and when does it apply?
- What are the unique challenges and solutions to introducing and authenticating
After our presentations, we will engage in a live question and answer session
with participants so we can answer your questions about these important
I hope you'll join us.
Thurman W. Arnold III, CFLS, Founding Partner
Thurman Arnold Law Office
Palm Springs, Calif.