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02 Aug 12 #346856 by Clear Water
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Can a third party be forced to give evidence in a child support case where one parent is trying to overturn a previous court hearing?

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02 Aug 12 #346889 by u6c00
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I''m not sure I understand the question because your title is about an unfit parent but your post is about child support?

Courts can send a summons to a third party if their evidence is necessary. The courts may instead permit parties to file statements of witnesses, which may be more common.

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02 Aug 12 #346920 by Clear Water
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Thanks,

Basically one parent is possibly going to go back to court to try to prove that the other (the one that has custody) is unfit, using information given by me privately which has been passed to them.

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02 Aug 12 #346926 by u6c00
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Sounds like they have little chance of success. Are they speaking with a solicitor and has anyone been in touch with Social Services?

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02 Aug 12 #346927 by rubytuesday
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Just out of curiosity, are you involved with either of the parties?

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02 Aug 12 #346975 by Clear Water
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I won''t find out until next week. My concern is that I might be dragged into proceedings to confirm that what I stated privately is true.

It is, but I never wanted to become involved.

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02 Aug 12 #346998 by u6c00
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Well in short, yes it is possible but I think probably quite unlikely.

As far as I know, you would only be summonsed (I think that''s a real word) to a fact finding hearing, which is unlikely to take place for several months.

If you are committed to helping, you may find that providing a statement gets you off the summons hook. On the other hand it might make it more likely that you will get a summons because the other party may want to question your evidence.

Is the issue so serious that your conscience won''t let you back out of it now?

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