If you’ve ever watched a courtroom drama on television or in a movie, you’ve probably heard one of the attorneys refer to “Exhibit A” as evidence. In a divorce trial, exhibits can take many forms: statements of property and income, bank statements, bills, receipts, printed emails and text messages, telephone records, school reports, lab test results, photographs, audio recordings, clothing, testimony and much more.
During a trial, presenting intricate financial information in an organized format is quicker and more efficient than distributing and keeping track of lots of loose handouts. One of the main goals at trial is for the Judge to understand your client’s point of view and arguments. When that is involved, presenting written evidence in a clear, easy to read format is imperative. What you need is an exhibit book.
An exhibit book is a method for organizing all the written supporting evidence for the main points in your trial. Creating an exhibit book offers at least seven benefits. It can:
Organizing exhibits topically will help you, your attorney and the judge focus on one argument at a time. Proceeding in this manner is important in divorce trials where there are many unresolved points of contention, such as division of property and debt, child custody, child support, spousal support, marital misconduct, attorneys’ fees and so forth. Jumping back and forth can be confusing, especially for a judge who hears numerous cases each week.
In the world of technology, many Judges and attorneys are moving to electronic exhibit books as opposed to binders with tons of pages.
Be sure to provide courtroom copies of the exhibit book to the judge, opposing counsel, Guardian ad litem (GAL), and the witness stand. The judge will find it useful when making a decision.
In any trial, there will be numerous variables you cannot control. Being organized can make all the difference, whether it’s in the divorce proceedings or taking charge after the divorce. Having an attorney who pays attention to details can help you achieve the outcomes you desire.
With a combined 30 years in family law, the attorneys at Jones Family Law Group, LLC, will provide the legal guidance you need. For questions or to schedule a confidential consultation, contact us today.
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