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Family Law News

Posted on: Feb 16, 2017

By Mag. Kimberly Dean Mattingly, Marion Superior Court

  1. Advice from the Underground: If you know your case will be heard in IV-D Court, add “Title IV-D Court” to your caption to speed processing and ease confusion. If you have the ISETS number, include that as well.
  2. From a colleague on the bench: Emailing a judicial officer is ex parte communication. Generally, don’t email a JO unless you have been specifically directed to do so. If you must, be absolutely sure to include the other side.
  3. From another colleague: Are you getting notices on cases that you have not worked for years? Chances are, you did not withdraw.  Yes, Virginia, there was a (brief) time when Local Rules deemed your appearance to be automatically withdrawn, but that did not actually remove you from the stone tablets used as dockets in the last millennium. If you want to stop the notices, withdraw from the case.
  4. From the State’s IT gurus: lawyers who serve as private GALs but do not want to use their attorney email for those cases may file an appearance as a pro se litigant. This was raised by one of our members who works in-house for a corporation that allows her to do GAL work, but understandably prohibits use of their resources. Since this volunteer cannot have GAL emails go to her work account, the solution is for her to file a pro se appearance with her personal email address for notices. (Another solution would be for all of our members to take a case or two as a GAL – it is a healthy reminder of the reason we all do this agonizing work!) (Sorry, that is more an editorial than a tip – author’s prerogative!)

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