A lot of times, clients or folks that call us want to know, “Well, what kind of court appearances am I going to have to make in my case?” So, let me give you a couple of examples. If you're a client who does not live here in Florida but your divorce case was here in Florida and your ex-wife and the children still live here in Florida and let's say you've moved to the east coast of the United States and you're now living in Boston and you want to file a motion to be able to spend more time with your children because during the initial divorce case you only got very minimal parenting time and you want to change that. Well, if you have a lawyer here in Florida and you file your motion here in Nassau County or many of the other counties here in Florida, the court will allow you to file through your lawyer a motion to appear by telephone so that, for whatever court appearances you have, you can make your presence known by appearing for whatever critical hearings there are by phone.
There's also going to be other types of situations that come up in any family law case where if you have a lawyer, a lawyer may be able to stand in for you at things like a status conference or pre-trial conference before the judge and your appearance can be waived. At the initial status conference, parties that have lawyers can agree to stipulate to time lines and avoid costly court hearings. So this is another advantage of hiring the correct or right attorney to assist you in those kinds of cases.