Corroborating Witness

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Corroborating witness is a person whose testimony supports or confirms the testimony already given by someone in a current case. A corroborating witness supporting a testimony made by a party is an essential requirement in certain types of cases, such as an action for divorce in some states.

For Example:

  • In Virginia, though not explicitly mentioned in the state’s statute, a corroborating witness is required in divorce cases to prove to the judge that the grounds for the divorce are satisfied.
  • In Maryland and West Virginia, corroboration in the context of divorce generally requires a corroborating witness in the form of a third-party witness to support the claim for a divorce.  

[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team