The Family Law Clinic has been very busy since the beginning of the Spring semester. Currently, the eleven clinicians are managing 65 live cases. Since January 1, 2013, the clinicians have taken five cases to final hearing (trial) and other matters have been presented to the Court through temporary needs hearings – hearings that establish rights and responsibilties of parties during the pendency of a paternity or dissolution of marriage matter until final judgment is reached.
These temporary hearings are “mini trials” because they are full evidentiary hearings. These hearings are a great test of the strength and weaknesses of both parties’ case.
The Clinic successfully litigated, to conclusion, its first case involving custody by an extended family member (not a parent of the minor child) under facts where the parent is still alive and present.
The clinicians are also being exposed to various military issues relating to dissolutions including: addressing the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, attempting service of military members stationed overseas, seeking the right to allow a minor child to relocate with a deploying service member, and division of military pensions under the military guidelines and Florida law.
So far, it has been an exciting Clinic to be a part of.