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Should Children Be Brought to Court?

There are many things to take into consideration when you’re involved in a Maryland child custody case. It is important to pay attention and take things seriously when you are required to appear in to court. Your Maryland child custody attorney will tell you in advance when you must be there and what to expect. While the details of the case are very important, there are other things that come to mind that often concern parents involved in divorce and a custody battle. One common question is whether children should be brought to court.

The short answer is no. Unless the child’s presence is an important part of the case, they should not be taken into the courtroom or even to the courthouse. If you’re not sure, you can ask your Maryland Family lawyer about your particular case well before your court date.

Keep in mind that it is a rare occurrence to bring children into court to testify in their parents’ custody battles. Most judges don’t like the idea and prefer that attorneys and parents make other arrangements to gather important information which reflects the best interests of the children.

In cases where small children must be brought to court, it is customary to leave them in the capable hands of a trusted and reliable adult that you know well, such as a family member. They can wait together outside the courtroom, although most children will find this boring and may have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time.

For any addition questions surrounding Maryland child custody laws, contact Silver Spring lawyer Spencer Hecht and his team at Hecht & Associates by calling 301-587-2099.