Telling Your Relationship Story in Court With TrialLine
Family law attorneys know this scene all too well. You’re about to walk into court, but outside the steps, for one last time, you try to remind your client that going through those doors means taking all of the power away from them. From here on out, the court will arrive at its own decisions about your family and your future.
In divorce cases, this is especially scary. There are always two sides to every relationship story. This leaves much discretion in the hands of judges as they decide the issues in a case. Even for a seasoned divorce attorney, appearing in front of a judge who has already been through a massive docket can feel like a massive gamble. What’s worse, in divorce cases, there’s seldom one clear “winner” and one clear “loser”. At the end of the day, the only advantage a lawyer can count on is his or hers ability to be the more skilled and persuasive storyteller. The side that presents the most compelling picture of the relationship usually ends up with the better outcome (sometimes despite the facts).
Using Legaltech to Tell a Story
As the legal tech industry continues to expand, new innovations have finally arrived for storytelling. TrialLine.net is an easy and intuitive legal timeline software for attorneys that allows them to display the facts of their cases in simple interactive timelines.
The task of storytelling in family law cases poses challenges that are different from other areas of the law. For example, in a personal injury trial, lawyers can rely on compelling visuals like accident photos, detailed medical records, and surveillance videos. Family law largely relies on one party’s word against the others. TrialLine gives divorce attorneys the power to create and present compelling visual stories that affirm and bolster traditional verbal testimony.
Divorce attorneys use TrialLine in court to show a judge exactly how frequently one party missed important milestones and parenting time in divorce cases. They’ve used it to show how regularly a party has missed their child support or alimony payments in contempt cases. They’ve also used it to show how many times an estranged former spouse has showed up at the other’s place of employment in family violence cases. Each time, these attorneys are creating a visual narrative for the judge to drive their facts home.
Family law clients also love TrialLine. Attorneys are able to create Client level users, so that clients can work on their own TrialLines, adding pertinent documents and communications when they come up. TrialLine is a great way to help clients tell their own stories, especially when the system can sometimes make them feel powerless.
This post was sponsored by TrialLine.