The Divorce Law Fundamentals Training Series is a new program established by
the Family Law section. This training series is designed to provide a new
lawyer or attorneys new to the practice of family law with an overview of the
“life of a divorce case.” The training series will cover topics such as
the divorce client interview; filing the divorce complaint; child support and
alimony; custody and parenting plans; discovery; motion practice; separation
agreements and post-judgment issues.
In session M.G.L. c. 208, § 34 will be reviewed with a focus on the
following: a) factors that courts consider in dividing assets and
liabilities; b) an overview of the various types of assets and liabilities; and,
c) the best means of discovering those assets and liabilities.
Questions to be covered will include the following: What discovery is
mandatory? What are the different types of discovery? When and how should
discovery be conducted? When should you take a deposition? What are Motions to
Compel and when should be they be filed? What is a Discovery Master and
when do you need one?