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Old 09-09-2015, 10:36 AM
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Just another couple of things to keep in mind, too. If they are called as DEFENSE witnesses, there will be no "grilling". First of all, most lawyers treat ALL child witnesses gently in the courtroom--they don't want to alienate the jury by being harsh with them. Secondly, if they are called by the defense, the defense lawyer won't be allowed to cross-examine. It's just question and answer. The idea of being in court, especially when dad is on trial, can be uncomfortable for sure, but most kids are just fine as long as they have plenty of support and are assured that all they need to do is to tell the truth. Court rules generally don't allow recorded testimony.

With any luck, the case will plead out--the vast majority of cases do. But try not to get all worked up over it in the meantime. The kids WILL be OK. Compared with some of the stuff they've witnessed, this will be less traumatic even if it comes to pass.
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