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What Are My Rights? Can I Decline To Answer Questions (I.e. Do You Take Antidepressants?) Thanks

  • By: David Bliven, Esq.
  • Published: February 19, 2016

Q: I live with my boyfriend. he is in the middle of a custody dispute over his 6 year old son. The court has ordered that I be evaluated as part of the custody evaluation.

A: David’s Answer: While you do have a right to decline to participate, your refusal may hurt your boyfriend in his case. Generally, forensic evaluators seek to interview “collateral sources” and non-participation may result in an adverse inference against a party who would be expected to produce that witness. Schedule a consult with an Orange/Westchester Child Custody attorney for a full assessment. – David Bliven, Westchester Child Custody Attorney,(

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