It’s extremely unlikely that a Rochester judge will order a young child to testify on the stand in a divorce matter.
Judges take the protection of children in divorce very seriously, and while older teens are sometimes asked to testify about custody matters, children of all ages are usually handled in a very different way.
The judge may appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the child. This is usually an attorney who will interview the child, their teachers, any professionals like therapists who have a relationship with the child, and both parents, then provide a report to the court.
In other instances, the judge may ask for a meeting with the child to have a conversation about what the child wants – without the parents present to hear opinions that could damage their relationship to their child.
Custody matters are extremely difficult for families, and judges go to great lengths to minimize their effect on children.
The attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer can help you get the custody agreement that’s right for you and your child, while protecting them from the worst of divorce.
Call us at 716-542-5444 and talk to an experienced Rochester divorce attorney for free.