Family Law

Family Law News Issue 1, 2020, Volume 42, No. 1

Message from the Editor

Nathan W. Gabbard, CFLS

When a cloud of uncertainty dims the ordinary path ahead, it is reassuring to know that some things are consistent. And the quality of dialogue presented through the Family Law News and its variety of talented contributors continues to shine brightly. Once again, our authors have delivered meaningful and thoughtful discussions that fill this issue with reliably noteworthy content.

Wondering how to use secretly obtained audio or video recordings as evidence? Curious if that will pose a risk to your client of self-incrimination? Jessica Abdollahi explains the risks associated with using audio and video recordings of confidential communications obtained without 2-party consent, and she describes a possible exception to the general rules when it comes to using this type of evidence in domestic violence proceedings.

One way to impress a client is to masterfully cross-examine the opposing party’s expert witness. Stephen Hamilton suggests employing expert witness discovery as a means to maintain control over the cross-examination of an expert witness and avoid that witness hijacking the cross-examination.

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