This seminar will cover information every family law practitioner should know about drug use and testing, mental illness and family violence issues in custody cases. We will cover the best drug and alcohol testing methods, how to read them and how to best use those tests in litigation. We will discuss different types of mental illness and characteristics of those illnesses as well as a discussion on the DSM-V. Family violence and protective orders are also to be covered as well as the impact and solutions for custody cases involving family violence.
We will address the best types of experts for your case and how to use experts when these types of issues arise. Finally, we will discuss litigation techniques for cases involving impairment of a party or violence allegations. Our hope is to give you a basis of knowledge for what to do in custody cases where extreme facts are present that could effect the safety and wellbeing of either of the parties or the children.
Key topics to be discussed:
Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse, Testing and Solutions involving cases with drugs and/or alcohol
Mental Illness including personality disorders, the DSM-V and techniques for dealing with a client with mental health issues
How Domestic Violence and Protective Orders effect custody cases and what to do when allegations are made
What kinds of experts should you get involved and how can you impeach the opposing side’s expert
Pointers for litigating cases where these issues are involved
Date: April 27, 2023
Kelly L. Burris | Cordell & Cordell
Kelly L. Burris is licensed in Texas and Oklahoma. Ms. Burris is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Ms. Burris has Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas; Juris Doctor from Texas Tech School of Law where she was an Articles Editor on the Law Review.
Ms. Burris was a Director on the board for the Texas Young Lawyers Association from 2002-2003 and again from 2007-2011. In addition, she also served as Director on the board for the Dallas Young Lawyers Association from 2005-2011.
Ms. Burris has held memberships to the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists since 2008, the Texas Bar Foundation since 2008, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation since 2004, and the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas State Bar Association.
In 2010, she received the President’s Award of Merit from the Texas Young Lawyers Association. She was named one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas under 40” by D Magazine in 2006. From 2004-2006 and 2008-2014, Ms. Burris was recognized as a Texas Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers. From 2017-2019, she was named a Super Lawyer.
Ms. Burris has written numerous articles and presented speeches on various topics in family law to fellow attorneys, paralegals, and mediators as well as the public. Ms. Burris has settled and litigated complex custody cases and property cases involving multi-million dollar estates.
Ms. Burris discussed divorce, spousal, and child support modification during COVID-19 on FOX26 in Houston, Texas.
Ms. Burris has been quoted in the New York Times in an article about the complications that are arising in divorce cases due to the emergence of cryptocurrency as well as the London Herald and other international publications.
Ms. Burris appeared on the LawHer Podcast to discuss family law and cryptocurrency.
Ms. Burris wrote a pair of articles for Divorce Magazine and Family Lawyer Magazine about cryptocurrency and divorce.
Ms. Burris regularly presents on various continuing legal education topics for MyLawCLE, Stafford, Legal Career Association and other organizations.
Ms. Burris was interviewed by News Radio 1200 WOAI in San Antonio about the fallout of the Ashley Madison data breach.
Ms. Burris was interviewed by WOAI NBC 4 in San Antonio for a story about Texas’ 50/50 custody bill.
Ms. Burris was interviewed by KPRC-590 AM and KTRH-740 AM in Houston about a potentially groundbreaking child custody case.
Ms. Burris was part of a feature on Cordell & Cordell that aired on KTBC Fox 7 in Austin. She appeared on KVUE News in Austin on multiple occasions to discuss family law topics, including frequently asked questions about “love legalities” and common tax issues facing divorced men.
Ms. Burris wrote a guest article for Texas Lawyer titled, “The Family Law Practitioner’s Guide to Surviving the Texas Medical Record Privacy Act and HIPAA.”
Ms. Burris was interviewed on multiple Houston radio stations about a child custody case with ramifications on the parental rights of Texas fathers.
Ms. Burris also appeared on DadsDivorce Live to discuss a 50/50 child custody bill proposed in the Texas legislature.
In 2014, Ms. Burris presented a lecture as part of Cordell & Cordell’s Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Litigating a Family Law Case on a Budget.”
I. Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse, Testing and Solutions involving cases with drugs and/or alcohol | 12:00pm – 12:20pm
II. Mental Illness including personality disorders, the DSM-V and techniques for dealing with a client with mental health issues | 12:20pm – 12:40pm
III. How Domestic Violence and Protective Orders effect custody cases and what to do when allegations are made | 12:40pm – 1:00pm
Break | 1:00pm – 1:10pm
IV. What kinds of experts should you get involved and how can you impeach the opposing side’s expert | 1:10pm – 1:25pm
V. Pointers for litigating cases where these issues are involved | 1:25pm – 1:40pm