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When Can a Child Be Called to Testify at Trial in Virginia?

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By: Daniel B. Schy Fewer decisions give rise to more consternation and uncertainty than whether to have a minor child testify in a custody matter. The reasons are manifest: involving a minor child in the custody process can have far-reaching implications for the child or can negatively impact the child’s relationship with his/her parents, and the mere decision to have a child testify can impact the decision of the court. Reflexively, we advise most clients against children testifying because of these concerns. But what about in cases of parental alienation? What about cases involving allegations of abuse? There are, of course, certain circ…
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