In a family law setting, the role of a witness is very important. Witnesses can provide key points of information that can help support a party’s claims and legal arguments. For example, in a domestic abuse case, the testimony of a witness may be needed to support a claim that abuse actually occurred.
Though the rules may vary by state, the following persons can serve as a witness in a family court of law:
In addition, expert witnesses may sometimes be called in a family court setting if necessary. The names, addresses, and contact information of witnesses may be obtained and provided to the parties before trial through such mechanisms as depositions, subpoenas, pretrial court orders, or interrogatories.
If you are going to serve as witness in a family court setting, it’s important that you follow some important guidelines:
Remember that your contribution as a witness can often make or break a case. Witness testimony is especially in a family law setting, as it may sometimes be the only source of evidence on a particular issue (unlike in a criminal setting, where the prosecution often collects large amounts of evidence). Thus, if you come off as being unreliable or untrustworthy, it could reflect negatively on your testimony.
Family court witness guidelines can vary by state or jurisdiction. In general, it’s always important to understand the basic guidelines if you will be called as a witness during court proceedings. It’s in your best interest to work closely with a lawyer in connection with the trial. An experienced family law attorney will be able to guide you and assist you throughout the process of being a witness.
Last Modified: 06-10-2014 11:02 AM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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