Sometimes there are lots of witnesses. An attorney will interview the witnesses. Sometimes the witness seems like they’re going to be just a great witness, but then when the attorney interviews the person, you may not get as much information out of them that your client thought they would get. Or you might find that one witness is really good and sounds very good when they’re talking, so they would be a good witness on the stand. Another witness just doesn’t talk that much and doesn’t provide a lot of information, and it’s like pulling teeth.
An attorney will often just interview the witnesses and decide which ones would be the best ones to have at the trial. Typically, you can’t have a trial last forever; it has an ending. It’s typically a day long, maybe a couple of days. The judge is going to be wanting you to make your case and get it done as quickly as possible, so the attorney has to pick the very best witnesses, the most neutral witnesses, and the ones that have the most important evidence that’s going to help a client win whatever position the client’s taking in terms of a parenting plan and custody.
Laura Schantz is a family law attorney and mediator practicing in Beaverton, Oregon. To learn more about Laura Schantz and her firm, Schantz Law P.C., visit www.oregondivorceattorney.com.