A couple I know had a child together. They are now having a custody battle in court. I'm concerned that I will be requested by one or both of them to be a witness against the other. I would rather stay out of the whole thing and not be put in that position. I'm considering informing both of them that I want to stay out of the whole situation and letting them know that I think they are both unfit parents and that it could work against both of them if they want me to be a witness because their child may end up being a ward of the state (rather than with either of them) if my testimony is taken seriously. Is this a legal tactic to take to dissuade them from requesting me to be a witness? Also, if I am requested by either or both of them to be a witness am I legally required to show up in court? If I do show up, when being questioned, how much leeway will I have to opine rather than directly answering whatever questions are asked of me? If I don't show up, what could the consequences to me be?
If either of them subpoena you, you have to show up and you have to respond to the questions.
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