I want to know if court will allow written testimonials from friends regarding my relationship with my kid.
A: You can submit a sworn declaration from anyone you wish as part of your response to the RFO. But, if the other party objects to the declarations, the court can strike the declarations from the record as inadmissible hearsay.Also would court allow them to testify in court on first hearing.
A: If you file and serve a witness list and subpoena
the witnesses, then assuming that the court permits testimony at the first hearing, then it would have to allow your witnesses to testify. You can subpoena the witnesses, keep them on call, and then if the court says you can put on testimony, then you would have to call the witnesses and have them start driving
to the courthouse. Also does court allow expert testimony on first hearing.
A: Same answer as above.
As I understand typically first hearings are rather short.
A: True, but it frequently depends on the court calendar. The judge can hear testimony, so you can't depend on nothing happening.
Frankly, these hearings have always been a bit of a messed up process. There really isn't a good set of rules, and neither the Code of Civil Procedure
, Family Court Rules, nor Rules of Court provide a decent procedure to follow. You can check the local court rules to see if anything in particular is required or allowed, but otherwise, you just have to think on your feet and be ready for anything.
Hope this helps.