Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My 22 year old daughter would like to accompany me to a family court hearing, where child support for her younger sister...

Q:  ...will be discussed. She feels it will be an advantage because it will make my abusive ex uncomfortable and more likely to tell the truth. He has a tendency to tell many, many untruths, as abusers often do. I'm considering it. What do you think? She knows she has to sit in the back and that she can't speak except to identify herself when asked. Would the Support Magistrate frown upon that?

A:  David's Answer:  Family Court proceedings are presumptively open to the public. That said, if she may be a witness on any issue in the case, then she cannot be present for any other part of the proceeding. Schedule a consult with a White Plains Child Support lawyer for a full assessment.   -- David Bliven, Westchester Child Support attorney (

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