Legal cases involving child custody can be complicated. Understanding what custody means, how it works, and how a court may arrive at a child custody decision is imperative for anyone who has children or plans to do so in the future. Such knowledge is particularly important for parents who are not a couple or for […]
The transition from parent to a grandparent is extremely exciting, especially for those who have been anxiously watching and waiting for their own children to have children. However, not all families offer a normal, nuclear dynamic. From divorce, abuse, or premature death to normal interfamilial arguments, plenty of unfortunate events can stand in the way […]
The terms sanity and competency are heard so often in media coverage of high-profile criminal trials that it can be easy to confuse the two. A lot of people may wonder how it is possible for somebody to enter an insanity plea when they have already been deemed fit to stand trial. While sanity and […]
The discovery process is an appropriate name for the period prior to when a trial begins when both sides to a lawsuit gather information that may pertain to that particular lawsuit. The discovery process can help both sides turn up facts and information that they may not have been aware of and which can help […]
Insanity defenses tend to provoke a lot of controversy, especially when a high-profile case ends with the accused being found not guilty because of a mental impairment. For some people, the fact that a person who clearly committed a crime could nonetheless be found not guilty of it is deeply troubling. However, the insanity defense […]
It might surprise you to know that the federal statute intended to protect whistleblowers; people who blow the whistle on individuals and companies that are defrauding the government was signed into law during the Civil War. The False Claims Act of 1863. Amendments to the original law give private parties the right to file a […]
Courtrooms are places that most people would rather avoid. Most people associate courtrooms with lawsuits or criminal charges, and the procedures and terminology used by judges and lawyers can make it difficult for the average person to understand what is taking place. An attorney rising from his or her chair to shout, “Objection,” might seem […]
If you go by what you see on television and in the movies, cases are won or lost in court with a blistering cross examination of the key prosecution witness by the defense attorney. Invariably, the scene ends with the witness admitting in a tearful outburst to being the person who actually committed the crime. […]
The financial stakes can be high when a lawsuit is filed with the court. The parties on either side of the dispute must gather evidence to prove their case to a judge or to a jury that will eventually decide which party wins and which party loses. Deposition testimony can be important evidence in a […]
Raising objections to the introduction of evidence is usually associated with the trial stage of a civil or criminal case. It is not necessary to wait until the opposing party attempts to introduce the evidence at trial to raise the objection. Motions in limine can be at any stage of a case to obtain an […]
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