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My witness in divorce case is my child (so my ex's step-child), is a 15 yr old allowed to accompany me to a hearing for RFO?

Fountain Valley, CA |

I was told to have witnesses to events/facts write a statement but should I also have my family members (daughter 15, and my mother) attend the RFO for support with me? I don't know if its appropriate for a child to be with me? They both can testify to many details that the opposing party lied about.

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I advise against including your child in this legal proceeding; especially if this is just about money. Trust your gut - you really want a 15 year-old subject to cross-examination? d how will a judge perceive the willingness of a parent to do so? Better to shield your child from the hostility and conflict.


The court is allowed to talk to the children in chambers (outside of the presence of the attorneys) in particular cases where the child is involved in a custody dispute. Normally, children are not allowed in the courtroom in family law cases. If the child is not part of the custody battle but is only a witness, then there is no reason why he/she can't testify. However, cross-examination could be brutal to the child.

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Until recently family court seldon took testimony. Both time and funds are in short supply. Lying is common.

More witnesses will not change the outcome. More acrimony will live on, and on, and on...

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