Should I worry about family and friends who might be forced to testify?
The simple answer is yes. Divorce and custody matters frequently involve those closest to you, including friends and family. Experienced counsel can ask important and personal questions regarding your parenting, your activities during the marriage, and any trait that may portray you in a less favorable light.
Moreover, in the event you have moved on and decided to enter into a new relationship, your new relationship could also be subject to investigation and questioning regarding your situation.
Experienced counsel often personally talks with your witnesses to try to dissect their statements. They will seek to discredit and eliminate their credibility.
It is imperative that a detailed script/plan be employed to maximize the effectiveness of your witnesses. This includes preparations with that witness prior to any discussions with third parties. This is imperative for your case and a positive result.