Spouses need to make many important and lasting decisions before a divorce can be finalized. Each and every decision a couple makes culminates into what is known as a “divorce settlement agreement.” If spouses can’t reach an agreement on an issue or are embroiled in a high-conflict divorce, they may need a judge to make specific determinations of their behalf.
Before you walk into a courtroom, you need to make sure that you’re ready and prepared to make a positive first impression. A judge is only human, and how you look and behave can ultimately affect the quality of your divorce settlement.
To help you prepare for your day in court, the lawyer at Camille Borg Law PLLC has compiled this list of surefire tips:
- Meet with your attorney in advance to prepare for your court date
- Bring organized copies of any important documents that are relevant to your case
- Prepare your outfit in advance (stick to business suits or work-appropriate attire)
- Arrive early to your hearing
- Remain calm and composed throughout the hearing
- Don’t let your future ex rile you
- Answer the court promptly and honestly
- Be prepared to make some concessions, but trust your lawyer to litigate on your behalf
Proper Courtroom Etiquette
To demonstrate proper courtroom behavior, you need to obey the court and respect the presiding judge. The judge is responsible for finalizing your divorce and legally ending your marriage. You want to make a good impression that leads to a favorable settlement. For example, if one spouse is causing a ruckus during child custody negotiations, the judge may award a custody order that favors a more rational and composed parent. Remember, even if you disagree with a judge’s final decisions, you need to remain polite and respectful at all times.
Show proper courtroom etiquette by:
- Turning off your cell phone
- Not fidgeting or displaying nervous ticks
- Devoting 100% of your attention to the proceedings
- Standing when the judge enters the courtroom
- Addressing the judge as “Your honor”
- Never interrupting the judge
- Using “Yes, sir/ma’am” and “No, sir/ma’am” when speaking to legal representatives
Filing for Divorce? Schedule a Consultation Today
Divorce can be an emotional and challenging legal process, especially if you don’t have an experienced attorney by your side. Fortunately, our McKinney divorce attorney can guide you through each step of your divorce and make sure that you are completely prepared for your day in court. If you want to streamline this legal process and secure a beneficial divorce settlement, call the Camille Borg Law PLLC today!
Contact Camille Borg Law PLLC at (469) 646-7763 to schedule a consultation.