The Importance of Properly Preparing for Court During a Divorce

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Divorce on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

A recent post here discussed divorce mediation and some aspects of the divorce mediation process in Florida. When divorcing couples reach the court and courtrooms during the divorce, on the other hand, it can be an intimidating and unfamiliar process. Some tips concerning how to prepare, what to expect and how to navigate the courtroom process during a divorce can be helpful to settle nerves, reduce stress and result in a more successful courtroom visit for many divorcing couples.

Time spent in court during the divorce process can, of course, impact the outcome of a divorce, which is why knowing what to do and what to expect can be particularly important for couples headed into the courtroom during a divorce. It is helpful to prepare in advance and always be familiar with what the purpose of the court visit is, the role of the parties during the court visit, how the court visit will progress and generally what to expect during the visit to court.

Just as it is important to prepare in advance for what will take place in court and to have a strategy for the hearing or other courtroom appearance, it is also important to prepare in other ways. The legal system is a formal system and it is important to keep that in mind when preparing to attend court. Couples should dress formally to appear in court and treat their time in court as similar to attending a job interview in terms of how they prepare personally. It is also important to remain respectful during court concerning procedures, making statements, answering questions or while sitting and listening, keeping body language in mind.

The divorce process can be a challenging time, so it is helpful to know how to prepare for every aspect of it, including appearing in court. This can be helpful as couples remain focused on resolving important divorce legal issues and concerns that can always benefit from a calm and prepared approach.

Source: Huffington Post, "4 Tips To Help You Succeed In Divorce Court," Joseph E. Cordell, April 11, 2016

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