Divorce is stressful enough, but in some cases, it becomes necessary to go to court to litigate over custody or division of property or other issues that are often emotionally charged. If you are headed for California divorce court, stay calm both for your own peace of mind and to benefit your case.
3 Ways to Stay Calm During Divorce Court:
1. Know Your Case: ‘There’s nothing like being surprised, thrown off, or feeling ambushed to cause a spike in anger, fear, or other negative emotions. Stay aware of what is happening in your case, and what you can expect to see or hear in court by reading the documentation you receive from the court, your attorney, or the opposing counsel. If there is anything that you are unsure of, ask your attorney questions.
2. Know the Process: Talk to your attorney about the basic process typical in divorce court. An experienced attorney will be able to talk to you about what the judge is like, how you should behave in the courtroom to make a good impression, where to park and where to wait if there is a backlog.
3. Know Court Room Etiquette: Discuss basic courtroom etiquette with your attorney. Basic courtroom etiquette will usually include what to wear, what not to wear, how to respond to questions, and other seemingly simple tips that can make a big difference when your day in court arrives.
In the days leading up to divorce court, remember that the divorce process puts the parties involved under a significant amount of stress. Do all you can to prepare, but remember that it is just as important to take care of yourself and get enough rest. Talk to a professional if you are experiencing high levels of stress that may be affecting your personal or professional life or if you aren’t sleeping. While no one can control the outcome when you go to court, you can be proactive by controlling what you contribute in the courtroom. Do you have questions about your divorce? Are you worried about divorce court? Get in touch with one of the experienced family law attorneys at The Maggio Law Firm today. We are prepared to help you present your case and be your advocate in the courtroom.