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Blog Posts by Natalie Anne Knowlton

New York Judge Bucks Tradition in Assigning of Divorce Attorney Fees

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Drawing attention to the costs of high-end divorce, Justice Matthew Cooper of the New York Supreme Court recently refused to go along with longstanding legal precedent that assigns responsibility for attorneys’ fees in divorce cases to the party with the most assets. Justice Cooper made his ruling in the three-year...

Denver's New Out-of-Court Divorce Resource Center Is Part of International Trend

Natalie Anne Knowlton
On September 3, the Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families at the University of Denver opened its doors to metro-area families. The Center is a model for providing interdisciplinary, out-of-court solutions to separating and divorcing families. This IAALS “out-of-court model” is part of an international...

Honoring Families In and Out of Court: A Role for Courts and Communities in Separation and Divorce

Natalie Anne Knowlton
The Honoring Families Initiative has released a white paper on the role of courts and communities in separation and divorce. Designed to spark national conversation and encourage collaboration between different disciplines, the paper sets the stage for our work in the years to come. Central to the premise of the paper...

Oregon Domestic Relations Trial Pilot and IAALS' Resource Center Model Discussed in Family Court Publication

Natalie Anne Knowlton
In the latest edition of Unified Family Court Connection , IAALS Honoring Families Initiative Advisory Committee members William J. Howe, III and Justice Paul J. DeMuniz highlight Oregon's efforts to better serve children and families dealing with divorce and conflict. Included in its efforts is an Informal Domestic...

How Are Judges Trained in Domestic Relations Matters in Your Jurisdiction?

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Adequate training is vital in preparing judicial officers for the challenges of being on the bench. While this is true regardless of docket type, judicial education/training is especially important for domestic relations matters. The Honoring Families Initiative is undertaking research on how domestic relations...

Viewing Colorado's Early Experiments with Proactive Case Processing Through a Different Lens

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Colorado Magistrate Judge Simon Mole recently penned a blog post in which he comments on IAALS’ study and analysis of data from Colorado pilot programs that instituted proactive case processing in family law cases. Magistrate Judge Mole suggests that the study deserves more than just academic interest, especially “at...

Reducing Costs and Delays by Addressing Discovery Disputes Without a Written Motion

Natalie Anne Knowlton
In an article in the March edition of The Colorado Lawyer titled "'No Written Discovery Motions' Technique Reduces Delays, Costs, and Judges’ Workloads," Colorado attorney Richard P. Holme touts the “no written discovery motions” technique, whereby the court addresses all discovery disputes with an in-person or...

State Bar Rates Candidates for Pennsylvania’s Appellate Courts

Natalie Anne Knowlton
The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Commission has posted the first of its endorsements of judicial candidates, in preparation for the May 21 primary election. The Bar’s review process consists of a questionnaire on the candidate’s legal background, an investigation by a three-member panel, and an...