Family law is extremely confusing and complex. While not something you can usually plan for, unfortunately, divorces happen often. Marriages go awry and couples can end up at each other's throats fighting for custody of the children, the house, and everything else along the way. If you are dealing with a heated battle with your ex, there are a few things you can do to make sure your case goes smoothly.
Watch how you act in court.
You have every right to be upset and frustrated with the other person. However, that doesn't mean you should fly off the handle in court. Being rude and disrespectful could find you in contempt of court. Listen to what the judge has to say. Answer their questions to the best of your ability. You don't want to make the judge upset with you. Doing so will not bode well for your case. It could also hurt you later on down the line if you ever have to go in front of that judge again. Remain calm and watch what you say to the judge and about the other person.
Get to the courthouse early.
One of the worst things you can do is to show up late to court. Making the judge wait on you could end up having your case dismissed and make you reschedule and start over. When leaving for court, make sure you allow yourself enough time to navigate through traffic, getting lost, parking and your nerves. Try to be in the courtroom and sitting down at least 10-15 minutes before your scheduled time. It shows that you care enough to be there when needed.
Dress for the occasion.
Whenever going into court, you want to dress as formerly as you feel comfortable. Think of it like you are attending a formal meeting. You don't want to go overboard, but jeans and a t-shirt isn't recommended. Make sure your hair is groomed, makeup is a bare minimal, facial hair is shaved down and trimmed and so on. Take pride in your appearance and be confident in who you are.
By following the tips above, you can make sure you get what you deserve and walk away unscathed. It all boils down to being prepared and doing the right thing. If you have questions about family law, or if you find yourself in need of advice about divorce, contact The Law Offices of Paul F. Moore II or another family lawyer in your area.
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