Affidavits versus Witnesses


Dear solong4now:

Geetings. Yes, sworn affidavits may be entered into evidence if you follow the rules of civil procedure and the person making the affidavit is “unavailbale” for court. If it is a temporary custody hearing, then you may often use affidavits.

Yes, I tend to think a judge will give more weight to testimony by a live person rather than testiony on paper. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
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If a child custody case goes to court, can sworn affidavits be entered in as evidence in lieu of bringing in large numbers of witnesses who will testify in the same regards? Will a judge give more weight to a parent who provides real people in a courtroom versus what they have to say in writing? Just curious… thanks!