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Get Trained for High Stakes Custody Battles in California

Not all family law cases are created equal, and no two are exactly alike. While it's nearly always emotional, some cases are charged with more than just the usual family drama that leads to divorce.

When child custody and domestic violence cases crossover, the stakes are higher. If you're not ready for it, the consequences could be all too real. Fortunately, for practitioners in California, The Rutter Group's Effective Strategies for Litigating Child Custody in Contested Domestic Violence Cases program can teach you some of the best practices and strategies for handling these matters. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is FindLaw's sister company.)

High Stakes Education

When domestic violence and child custody matters mix, there's quite a bit of pressure on the attorneys handling the matter to get it right. When a finding of "abuse" is on the record, courts will likely be willing to modify or reconsider a child custody award against an abuser. However, the laws require a nuanced approach to ensure your client, or their children, are protected.

The Rutter Group's program will take you through the process -- from intake to completion -- teaching you how to handle a child custody proceeding when the Domestic Violence Protection Act applies. Sensitive topics will be covered, including taking testimony from children as percipient witnesses, proving and disproving the impact of domestic violence on children, and deciding what entitlement a parent found to have committed domestic abuse should have to visitation and custody.

Program Details

The Rutter Group's Effective Strategies for Litigating Child Custody in Contested Domestic Violence Cases program will be held in both Northern and Southern California. On November 10, 2017, it will be held in Costa Mesa, and on November 18, 2017 in Burlingame. The all-day seminar includes 6 MCLE/Specialization Credits and lunch. It will be led by Judge Thomas Trent Lewis, Supervising Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Department, and experienced Certified Family Law Specialists Anne Kiley and Staci Lambright.

In addition to the MCLE credits, program materials, and the lunch, attendees will be entitled to 50% discounts on two related The Rutter Group titles: The Rutter Group California Practice Guide: Family Law, and the related California Practice Guide: Family Law Forms.

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