Will my child have to speak in court?
Your child may not necessarily participate in the proceeding, even though his or her welfare is the focus of the proceeding. This is because you, the judge and your lawyers may all agree that appearing in court might be unduly traumatic for your child; or, the child may be too young or fragile to understand what might be asked of him or her. Finally, because the status quo of the formerly intact family will not be sustained due to the dissolution of family ties, rules regarding the burden of proof and other rules of evidence may be relaxed in a custody trial. Thus, the process might even see the judge assuming a more inquisitorial role than usual.