“I want to get full custody of my children, will they need to testify in court?”

To argue for custody of your child you may think that having them testify in court is a good idea. This is extremely uncommon, and they may be interviewed in a number of other manners.

By Thomas Kendall
September 19, 2011
CA FAQ/Child Custody

I have been practicing since 1992, and have yet to see a child testify from the stand in any family law case. The court has the power to interview a child in chambers (rare), have a mediator interview the child (common), have a mental health professional interview the child (common) and to appoint a child's attorney (common). In theory a child could take the stand, but this is discouraged in the law, and generally abhorrent to most judicial officers.


Thomas Kendall is a partner in the law firm Kendall & Gkikas, LLP, Since 1994 have successfully fought for joint share parenting plans for fit parents. During and after the divorce process, Kendall and Gkikas, LLP has the in-depth knowledge it takes to help you make these positive adjustments to satisfy the court and for you to remain a major part of your children's life.

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September 19, 2011
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