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  • 1. What Does A Family Law Paralegal Do?
    By Kathy Dailey
    (Not intended to be all-inclusive…)
  • 2. Areas Within Family Law
    Child Custody
    Elder Care
    Spousal Abuse
    Child Support
    Name Change
  • 3. Divorce
    Attend Initial Interview With Attorney & Client; Help Identify Legal Problems That Can Be Referred To Other Entities
  • 4. Collect Background Info On Client
    Marriage certificate, assets, number of children, bank accounts, etc.
    Marriage License
  • 5. Complete Domestic Relations Questionnaire
    And Draft Pleadings And Documents
  • 6. Draft Temporary Motions, Affidavits, & Orders
    Draft Request For Production Of Documents
    Draft Property Settlement Agreement
  • 7. Determine Support Requirements & Calculate Child Support
    Draft Permanent Orders
  • 8. Post-Divorce Modification
    • Draft Modification Motions & Affidavits
    • 9. Serve Notice On Opposing Counsel
    • 10. Arrange For Service Of Documents
    • 11. Obtain Dates For Court Hearings
    • 12. Arrange For Mediation, If Required
    • 13. Help Client Prepare Financial Affidavit
    • 14. Arrange For Appraisals Of Real & Personal Property, If Needed
    • 15. Schedule Interviews
    • 16. Obtain Info For Discovery
    • 17. Organize, Categorize, & Determine Completeness Of Discovery
    • 18. Draft Proposed Stipulations
  • 19. Additional Paralegal Tasks
    Draft petition for adoption, consent for adoption, decree of adoption
    Arrange for court reporter
    Draft motions
    Draft petition for name change
    Explain paralegal responsibilities to the client
    Draft initial or responsive pleadings; check on service of process, &draft any necessary motions for service
    Set depositions
    Prepare files and clients for hearings
    Keep calendar current
    Review answers; highlight answers that seem questionable or questions that have been objected to; forward to responsible attorney
    Draft interrogatories
  • 20. Additional Paralegal Tasks
    Docket due dates, court appearances, and deadlines
    Research case law
    Prepare for trial
    Arrange for private investigators
    Investigate law
    Keep track of client fee balance
    Arrange for expert witnesses
    Update discovery
    Organize trial exhibits and prepare exhibit list
    Interview witnesses & serve subpoenas
    Issue trial subpoenas to witnesses, arrange service & file return ofservice
    Prepare proposed order
    Have charts, graphics, blow-ups, & so forth prepared
  • 21. Keep Clients Informed
  • 22. Discuss Courtroom Etiquette With Client & Witnesses
    Assist Attorney At Trial
  • 23. Manage file(s) at trial
  • 24. Assist Attorney In Settlement Discussions
  • 25. Keep Track Of Exhibits Introduced & Admitted At Trial
  • 26. Click Here For A Resume
    Contact Me!
    • Cell : 303.941.6313
    • 27. Fax: 303.942.3686
    • 28. Email: kd [at]
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