4. Give your closing statements

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4. Give your closing statements

After both you and your partner have presented and cross-examined all the witnesses, you each give a closing statement.

In your closing statement, you give the judge a summary of your evidence and tell them why you should get the orders you're asking for. It should be based on:

  • what the witnesses have said
  • the documents that have been used as evidence
  • family law rules and laws

The applicant goes first, then the respondent. The applicant has a last chance to speak, but only to speak about anything new that the respondent raises in their closing statement.

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Reviewed: July 1, 2018

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