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All About Divorce

This course offers court interpreters specialized training in divorce proceedings, focusing on terminology, legal concepts, and the ethical role of interpretation. It covers the legal framework, interpreting documents, and techniques for managing complex hearings and emotional dynamics in divorce cases.



Divorce proceedings can be complex legal processes involving various parties, documents, and terminology. This course provides court interpreters with an in-depth understanding of divorce terminology commonly encountered in courtrooms. Through lectures, case studies, and practical exercises, interpreters will become familiar with the terminology used in divorce petitions, hearings, and judgments. Special emphasis will be placed on legal concepts, terminology nuances, and ethical considerations specific to divorce cases.

By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with the linguistic, legal, and ethical competencies necessary to provide accurate and impartial interpretation services in divorce proceedings. They will be prepared to navigate the complexities of divorce terminology and effectively facilitate communication between parties, attorneys, and the court.


  1. Understand the Legal Framework: Gain an understanding of the legal principles and procedures governing divorce proceedings in the jurisdiction, including grounds for divorce, property division, child custody, and spousal support.
  2. Master Divorce Terminology: Acquire proficiency in interpreting divorce-related terminology, including terms used in divorce petitions, motions, decrees, and court orders. Develop vocabulary related to marital assets, alimony, child custody arrangements, visitation schedules, and other relevant concepts.
  3. Interpret Legal Documents: Practice interpreting various legal documents commonly used in divorce cases, such as divorce petitions, settlement agreements, parenting plans, and court orders. Enhance skills in accurately conveying the content and legal implications of these documents to non-English-speaking parties.
  4. Navigate Complex Hearings: Develop strategies for effectively interpreting divorce proceedings, including pretrial conferences, hearings on contested issues, and settlement conferences. Learn techniques for managing complex testimony, legal arguments, and emotional dynamics inherent in divorce cases.


  • I. Introduction to Divorce Proceedings
    • A. Overview of divorce as a legal process
    • B. Legal principles governing divorce proceedings
  • II. Divorce Petitions and Initial Filings
    • A. Understanding the divorce petition
    • B. Identifying parties involved: petitioner, respondent, and/or co-petitioner
    • C. Overview of grounds for divorce
    • D. Interpreting language used in initial filings
  • III. Pretrial Procedures and Conference
    • A. Pretrial conferences: purpose and procedures
    • B. Case management orders and scheduling
    • C. Interpreting language used in pretrial procedures and conferences
  • IV. Discovery Process
    • A. Overview of the discovery process in divorce cases
    • B. Types of discovery methods: interrogatories, requests for production, depositions
    • C. Interpreting language used in the discovery process
  • V. Temporary Orders and Pendente Lite Relief
    • A. Understanding temporary orders and pendente lite relief
    • B. Interpreting hearings for temporary custody, support, and restraining orders
    • C. Interpreting language used in the temporary orders
  • VI. Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    • A. Overview of mediation and ADR processes in divorce cases
    • B. Interpreting mediation sessions and settlement negotiations
    • C. Interpreting language used in ADR process
  • VII. Divorce Trials and Final Hearings
    • A. Preparation for divorce trials and final hearings
    • B. Interpreting courtroom proceedings during trials and hearings
    • C. Interpreting language used in the final hearing


This course consists of a presentation, readings, and a quiz. You will have 90 days from the date of purchase to complete this course. Click on the title below to start the lesson: