Hearsay & Custody: Parents Testifying For Their Kids

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Everyone thinks they know what hearsay is. But, few lawyers and judges truly understand the concept, and even fewer understand how it can be admitted as evidence.

Hearsay is an out of court statement offered for the truth of the matter, or to prove something happened. This a very basic definition of hearsay.

This document is to help you understand why, in divorce, custody cases, and Orders of Protection, parents can't always testify about what their children said, and why you can't always keep your kids off the stand.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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