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|1||What criteria do you use for granting attorneys' fees, i.e. is legal assistant, law clerk or other support staff time included?||Needs of the party requesting, availability of assets to pay fees and behavior of a party that warrants the assessment of fees are all taken into account.|
|2||Under what circumstances do you require that a guardian ad litem and/or attorney ad litem be appointed?||Ad litems will be appointed when required by statute or case law or when allegations or parties' behavior are such that the children need their own representative.|
|3||Under what circumstances do you appoint receivers?||The court will appoint a receiver to effectuate the sale of an asset or when an asset is in financial jeopardy.|
|4||Under what circumstances do you order a social study conducted?||Social studies are ordered in most contested custody actions, most contested visitation cases and upon request.|
|5||Under what circumstances will you order interim attorneys' fees?||Interim attorneys' fees will be ordered when the spouse requesting the fees is unable to pay attorneys' fees and there is a source for payment.|
|6||Under what circumstances do you order mediation, when is it ordered, and how is the mediator chosen?||
Unless there are allegations of abuse toward a spouse or child, most cases are referred to mediation. The court will attempt to reach a consensus as to the selection of the mediator.
Depending on the facts and circumstances of each case, a case may be referred to ADR before temporary orders upon request of either of the parties or upon the motion of the court.
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