Divorce Basics Attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Are trials more important than hearings?

Minneapolis, MN family law attorney Matthew Ludt explains why hearings are often more important than trials and why his firm is so well equipped to handle these for you.

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in family law matters in both Minnesota
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and Wisconsin only about three percent
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of them go all the way to a trial or
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what we call an evidentiary hearing
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that’s where you’ve got witnesses taking
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the stand and exhibits and it’s more of
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your Hollywood type trial but it only
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happens at three percent of the occasion
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the actual motion hearings that happen
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either while your divorce is pressing or
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and a lot of times after a divorce or
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after a custody order comes out you have
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a motion to modify child support or
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parenting time or you want to change
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custody any of these sort of issues this
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is the bread and butter this is about
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80% of our court appearances on an
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annual basis are these motion hearings
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and in some ways they are more important
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for two reasons one because they’re just
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that much more prevalent but to really
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progressive law schools are going to
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teach you the rules of evidence and some
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trial advocacy that’s what I did back
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almost two decades ago and that can
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leave you with some really good trial
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skills but if the majority of it is
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going to be motion hearings there’s very
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few programs they’ll tell you how to
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craft motions put together compelling
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affidavits for your client having all
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sorts of attachments and really being
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able to make a fierce argument at that
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and without that sort of training motion
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hearings are more important because in
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Atticus Family Law we’ve turned around
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and addressed that and we’ve got systems
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in place and internal training to make
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sure that all of our attorneys are ready
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to give a hundred percent of our for our
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clients in this time in this
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circumstance when most law schools don’t
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even teach that

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