Saturday, February 21, 2015

For a post-divorce custody case in Supreme Court, I read that the opening statement should be no more than 4 minutes. How long

Q:  …..should it be for the preliminary hearing as opposed to the full hearing?

A:  David's Answer:  There is no pre-set limit whether you're talking about a preliminary proceeding or a trial. The term "opening statement" really only applies to a trial proceeding, however. That said, then length of how long the Judge will permit you to make a statement (either way) is in the discretion of the individual Judge. Schedule a consult with a Westchester Family Law attorney for a full assessment.  -- David Bliven, Westchester Family Law attorney (

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