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The following are some tips to help prepare you for the Court Room

 

1.       Do not expect the Judge to side with you. There are three directions the judge can go when making a decision: Your way, your spouse's way, or the Judge's way. The Judge's way is how things are going to go.

2.       Try to settle as many issues as possible before entering the Court Room. See Tip #1.

3.       If you have an attorney, do not speak unless asked to do so by the Judge.

4.       When addressing the Judge call him/her "Your Honor". When a Judge puts on the robe they are in charge, and want to be treated as such.

5.       Always thank the Judge when you are finished speaking. Always be respectful, see above.

6.       Never speak to or make comments to your opposition when you are before the Judge.

7.       Leave all hostile and negative emotions at the door. Do not make faces or gestures when the judge or your spouse's attorney is speaking. Judges see this and do not appreciate it.

8.       Dress appropriately. Your attorney will have a certain strategy on how he/she wants you to be portrayed. Therefore consult your attorney on how he/she wants you to dress.

9.       Take notes. Don't leave anything to chance. Your attorney will be very busy during the process and can not remember or write everything down.

10.    Do not take children into the Court Room unless told to do so by your attorney. This is your divorce not your children's and they should not hear what goes on in that room.

11.    Be prepared. Bring as much information, documentation and any pertinent documents that you possibly can with you. It is better to have too much ammunition than to be caught short.

12.    Bring a book to read as you might have a long wait before your case is heard.