Tips for Success in the Court Room
Sometimes it’s the little things that count the most in life, a court room setting can be quite similar. There are always going to be do’s and don’ts for these kinds of situations and a lot of people don’t know what they are if they’ve never done this before, which a lot of people haven’t. For those that have, they can tell you that there is a steep learning curve. Here’s a few tips for parents going through the court process for custody, visitation or divorce and need to know how to act or how not to act in front of the judge.
- Dress To Impress. Dressing appropriately sends a lot of messages to others around you, even more so in a court room setting where there is an official person calling the shots concerning your family. Showing up in a jeans and a t-shirt is never acceptable in this kind of situation. Coming to your court date in an ironed suit, combed hair and fully organized will tell the judge a lot about you without you having to open your mouth. They’re going to see that you’re serious enough about this to look the part. This might mean going out and spending the last of your cash on something to wear if formal attire isn’t your strong suit (no pun intended). You’ll also feel better about yourself if you show up looking good.
- Don’t Talk Out Of Turn. This is a little like being back in school and having to raise your hand and wait for the teacher to call on you to say something or ask a question. Everyone has a lot to say in these situations, and the judge knows this. Odds are they have seen several previous cases regarding custody or visitation that day alone, so they know the deal. Talking out of turn is a great way to land yourself in contempt of court, you don’t want this. Even if the other party is tossing our lies in the court room like a football during the Super Bowl, just wait until their done to voice your own concerns. The other part of this is the simple fact that the judge doesn’t want to hear you guys going back and forth with each other. He said, she said doesn’t hold up in court. Having things in writing for the judge to see is what’s really important here.
Whatever the context of your case may be, it’s important to remember that there are rules and codes of conduct just like everything else. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be and the less surprises you’ll encounter through this process.
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