Expert Testimony in a Virginia Child Custody Hearing Involving Homeschooling

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

If you are currently involved in a Virginia child custody dispute and wish to keep your child in homeschool, you may feel that you are fighting a steep uphill battle. This does not have to be the case. You need only convince the court that homeschooling is a legitimate alternative to traditional institutions both academically and socially; an expert witness can provide such evidence.

The Value of Expert Witness Testimony

Expert witnesses are those people who can testify based on their extensive knowledge on a subject rather than a direct relationship to you or your case. The “expert” status provides a greater level of credibility to testimony. An expert could talk about:

  • The benefits of homeschooling;
  • Research in the area of socialization and homeschooling; and
  • An educated comparison between homeschooling and traditional education.

The testimony of an expert witness could help your Virginia child custody case tremendously. Remember that the Virginia court is most interested in protecting the best interests of the child involved in a Virginia child custody dispute, so the most important thing you can do is demonstrate that homeschooling your child has had a positive impact on his or her life and development.

To learn more about seeking Virginia custody of a homeschooled child, visit our article library.

At Hofheimer Family Law Firm, we understand that the health and happiness of your children is your #1 concern. We will work with you to address any fears and anxieties you may have about your children’s future. Our women’s-only divorce attorneys will guide you every step of the way and advocate for you to get the best possible child custody and child support arrangements for you and your homeschooled child.

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