Deposition and a Child Custody Trial

Giving a deposition to a hostile lawyer in a custody trial can be a very difficult experience for many people, so it is important that you know what your rights are.  A good legal professional can advise you on how to move forward, and can likely provide you with some sound advice.  When going through these proceedings the most important thing is to stay calm.

Your ex-spouse’s lawyers might try to trick you into giving inconsistent information, and at that point they may try to accuse you of lying.  Such tactics have been used in some instances to provoke that parent into an emotional reaction, at that point there is the chance that someone could end up looking like a bad parent or an unstable person.

Knowing the answers to questions that will likely be asked is something good to bear in mind, and if you have a good legal professional on your side they should be able to provide you with some likely questions.  Being careful not to volunteer too much information is important, because at that point it could lead down a rather damaging road.  Answer only the question in front of you.

Remaining calm and composed is the single most important thing that you can do, so try and make sure that you are in control of the situation in question.  Witnesses are more likely to lose their train of thought if they become emotional, and this can lead to contradictory answers.

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