The Ins and Outs of a Direct Examination

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

When giving your testimony, the cross-examination is usually considered the most traumatic aspect. A bad direct examination, however, can be equally detrimental to your Virginia child custody hearing.

The Importance of the Direct Examination

The direct examination is your chance to tell your side of the story in a Virginia child custody trial
. It is conducted by your own Virginia divorce attorney. Your own attorney cannot ask you yes or no questions; doing such is known as leading the witness. Your attorney can, however, ask you who, what, when, where, why, and how questions designed for further elaboration.

It is of the utmost importance that you consult with your Virginia divorce attorney ahead of time. You should know what questions will be asked so that you can answer in a relevant and cohesive manner, holding the judge’s attention and telling your complete story.

After the direct examination, the opposing attorney will cross-examine you. Though this examination is designed to trip you up and make you look bad, it is not the end of your Virginia child custody case. Your attorney will have an opportunity to re-direct. A re-direct is a second direct examination through which your attorney can recover damage done in the cross-examination.

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 to advocate that you achieve the best possible child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children.

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