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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, and relocation during the pendency of the case from the initial client intake through the jury and bench trial.  Skills include: 

  1. Client intake;
  2. How to prepare a petition with a request for Temporary Restraining Order and/or temporary orders;
  3. Preparing for a temporary order hearing;
  4. Preparing a Financial Information Statement;
  5. Preparation of temporary orders;
  6. Propounding and answering discovery that’s appropriate for your case;
  7. Preparing an inventory from discovery documents and client information;
  8. Preparing for mediation;
  9. Court-Specific requirements, County-Specific requirements, Scheduling orders & calendaring;
  10. How to docket due dates when a case is set for trial;
  11. Pretrial Hearing documents;
  12. Trial prep, trial notebooks, exhibits;
  13. Preparation of Final Decree of Divorce;
  14. 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 a member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas, the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, Vanetta is a frequent speaker at family law seminars. 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: September 14 - October 19, 2019 (Saturdays 9 am to 12 noon)

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. ​

Registration: Click Here to Register

Last updated 7/8/2019 4:45 AM