4/3/2014

S.M. v. K.M.: When Family and Criminal Matters Meet

     As if divorce isn’t bad enough, sometimes a family’s circumstances also involve criminal charges or allegations. What happens when there is a pending criminal matter that directly involves the family during a divorce? When seeking the family court’s involvement while a criminal matter is pending, not only are the parties involved required to comply with certain procedural requirements. Judges are too.

4/3/2014

Thinking About Appealing? Think Fast!

     It is an unfortunate yet common occurrence. A potential client meets with me to discuss whether he/she should appeal a trial judge’s decision. In reviewing the facts of the case and the judge’s ruling, it appears an appeal may be successful. However, when I look at the date of the judge’s Order, I noticed it was filed several months ago. After some further digging to confirm my unpleasant hunch, I look up at the potential client and say, “It’s too late. You’re out of time.”

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