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It’s Splitsville: Surviving Your Divorce by James J. Gross

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CHAPTER  23

Evidence: Proving Your Case

During your first interview with a lawyer, the lawyer is already thinking about the trial. As you are telling her the facts of your marital difficulties, she is organizing in her head how she will present your story to the judge. The lawyer starts from what she needs to prove at the trial and works backward from there. The testimony and documents presented to the judge are used to prove the allegations made in your complaint for divorce. This proof is what we call evidence.

You Tell Your Story to the Judge by Answering Questions

You don’t just tell your story to the judge. A trial is not a conversation. Your story is presented to the judge through your answers to questions asked by your lawyer. This may ...

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