Being crossed examined or attending interviews for a court ordered family assessment is at the very least intimidating and unknown territory for most people.
Shanna’s experience as a former family report writer, expert witness and barrister make her uniquely placed to help parties understand the process and know what to expect.
FAMILY REPORT PREPARATION
Family law courts can place considerable evidential weight on court ordered reports prepared by psychologists and social workers. These reports provide the court with an impartial expert assessment of the children and family and often make recommendations about future parenting arrangements.
A family report consultation with Shanna can provide a party with information about the process, identify themes typically explored by experts, issues explored by counsel when a party is being cross-examined and issues of importance to the judge who is tasked with making a decision in the best interest of the child.
PREPARATION FOR CROSS-EXAMINATION
The purpose of cross examination is the opportunity for a lawyer representing the opposing party, to challenge and attempt to undermine that party’s case by exposing weaknesses in the other party’s evidence and of their witnesses.
Cross examination is stressful with many witnesses fearing having to give evidence. Most witnesses don’t know what to expect save for what they have seen on television. But with proper preparation and guidance a witness can survive the rigors of providing testimony.
Shanna provides witnesses with useful information about the court process, physical set up of the court and useful tips which will alleviate much of their anxiety.