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Advanced Paralegal Certificate in Family Law I: From "I do" to "Divorce granted."

The APC Family Law courses will prepare you to apply the skills you have obtained through your paralegal certificate course, or experience in the legal field, to the practice of family law. In this class we will take a case involving the primary conservatorship of children, allegations of parental alienation, possession of and access to the children, relocation during the pendency of the case, and division of the marital estate from the initial client intake through the jury and bench trial.  Skills covered will include: 

1.     Client intake; 
2.    Preparing an Original Petition for divorce with request for Temporary Restraining Order and Temporary Orders; 
3.    Preparing for a temporary order hearing; 
4.    Preparing a Financial Information Statement; 
5.    Preparing temporary orders; 
6.    Calendaring and responding to Required Disclosure;
7.    Propounding and answering discovery that’s appropriate for your case; discovery deficiency letters;
8.    Preparing an inventory from discovery documents and client information; 
9.    Preparing for mediation; 
10.  Court-Specific requirements, County-Specific requirements, Scheduling orders & calendaring; 
11.   How to docket due dates when a case is set for trial; 
12.  Pretrial Hearing documents; 
13.  Trial prep, trial notebooks, exhibits; 
14.  Preparation of Final Decree of Divorce;  
15.  Closing out the case. 

Vanetta Peterson has more than 40 years of paralegal experience, including 30 years as a family law paralegal. She received her Board Certification in Family Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2002. In 2010 and 2011, she served as the CLE Co-Chair for the District 1, Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. She was the Chair of the Houston Area Paralegal Association-Family Law from 2004 to 2007. Currently Vanetta is a member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas, the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Computer and Technology Section of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and The Texas Bar College.  Vanetta brings a treasure trove of knowledge combined with “in the trenches” experience to the Advanced Paralegal Certificate Family Law Program, which consists of two individual courses, each covering different topics and skills.   

Schedule: TBA

Fees: $995.00 ($50 discount if registered 10 working days before the scheduled start of the course).

In order to register for this course, you must have a paralegal certificate, a paralegal degree, or three years of experience performing substantive legal work as a paralegal under the supervision of an attorney.