Creating Your Witness List



After exchanging petitions for divorce, you will find yourself needing to gather information in preparation for trial. While trying to battle for the custody rights of your children, you might find yourself looking for witnesses to help give your story to court. Houston Divorce Now has some knowledge on what types of witnesses there are, how many you need, and what lawyers can use from this for trial.

Types of Witnesses

When picking people to be witnesses for you in court, you need to make sure you know the type of witnesses you will need. Most witnesses go into one of the two categories below:

  • Lay – These witnesses testify facts and events they have seen.

  • Expert – Give the court their opinions, but it is based on scientific knowledge.

A combination of both of these types of witnesses is good to have. You should think about people who have been around you, your spouse, and your children the most. Remember to pick people who are dependable, coherent, orderly, and genuine. An example of a good witness could be a teacher from your child’s school. They will be able to give knowledge on how each parent participates in their child’s schooling, and be able to give any statements the child has said to them. Talk to your attorney about your best options.

How Many Do I Need?

You may be wondering how many witnesses you should bring to court. Before coming up with your list, you should consider how much time the court has given you. Think about how much time everyone will probably take, and then determine how many people you will need based on that. While it may be better to have too many witnesses and not be able to use them all, you will need to remember that a witness who does not get used might feel as though they wasted their time coming to court for you. Take witnesses feelings and personal time into consideration.

Tools Lawyers Use


After identifying who will be used as your witnesses, your lawyer can then start putting together all your information and documents to show the court. Your lawyer will typically use one of these four ways to get information during for the court:

  • Interrogatories – A written question formally put to one party by the other party and must be answered.

  • Requests to Produce Documents and Things – This is a written list of documents you would like copied and to be used during court.

  • Subpoenas – These documents are used to ask people to provide testimony during court. Many times, this information is gathered before court.

  • Deposition of a Party – Taking the statement of whatever person who are asking questions under oath. This could also be used on you.

As anyone can see, it is important to pick out the right witnesses for court. These witnesses can help you give information to the court that could greatly help you win your case. Talk to a trusted lawyer today to get started on your case.

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