Our former son-in-law is the plaintiff's key witness in a custody hearing for the father of several of our daughter's children from an earlier relationship. We filed for temporary custody until our daughter receives the necessary psychological care needed so that she can once more become a productive member of society and be a suitable parent to these children. We believe that this witness will tell lies in an attempt to damage our reputation. In an earlier Court several years ago, he accused us as grandparents of being child molesters. Needless to say, this disturbs us tremendously. Although we can have all of our adult children present to refute the claim, can he effectively get way with telling such a lie to damage our reputation without penalty. Isn't purposely defaming our character in Court against the law or is "anything goes" the standard in custody hearings?
Answering questions in a court hearing is not defamation. The best you can do is to bring witnesses who can refute what he is saying. Although lying under oath is perjury, a crime, it is difficult to prove and not prosecuted often.
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