Tips for Presenting Yourself Well in Divorce Court
Divorce can be a contentious process that, in some cases, brings out the worst in people. This is especially true in cases that end up going to trial.
It’s understandable to be nervous when going through a divorce, and in some cases, it can be very hard to control your emotions. However, the way you handle yourself in divorce court can have a significant effect on the outcome of your case. It is important to spend some time talking with your attorney not just about the strategies you’ll be employing in your case, but also how you will handle yourself in court in front of the judge.
Below are just a few tips to keep in mind:
- Always be respectful: This extends to the judge, the opposing counsel and anyone else you interact with in court. This can be easier said than done, especially when dealing with the opposing counsel. It is natural to feel as though they are the enemy, and if any untrue accusations arise, it can be easy for you to lose your temper. You must remain calm and avoid letting your emotions overwhelm you.
- Dress professionally: You can make a great first impression by coming to court dressed appropriately in business attire. This is just another aspect of showing respect to the court. Dress as though you are preparing to go for a job interview, and make sure you practice good hygiene, as well. Do not dress above your means — simply wear nice clothes you already have.
- Control your body language: Body language can tell the judge a lot that your words do not. This means you should avoid staring daggers at your former spouse, rolling your eyes when others are speaking or shaking your head during the course of your hearings. Sit with good posture and keep a straight face at all times. This can be challenging, but it will prevent you from casting a bad impression on the court.
For more tips about how to conduct yourself in court during your divorce proceedings, consult an experienced divorce attorney with Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.