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4 Things to Remember When Appearing in Divorce Court

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Wheaton divorce attorney, divorce court, divorce process, divorce proceedings, divorce preparationThe process of ending a marriage through divorce can be very stressful. In addition to the strong emotions that come with the breakup of a relationship, there are a number of legal requirements that must be met as you work to complete the divorce process. Appearing in court can be especially anxiety-inducing, since you will likely be unsure of what to expect. However, by following these tips, you will be able to successfully accomplish your goals in your divorce proceedings:

  1. Hire an attorney - While you can represent yourself in your divorce, it is not advisable to do so. An experienced attorney can not only help you understand your rights and obligations, but he or she can also offer invaluable insight about the best ways to make arguments, the procedures and etiquette to follow, and what is likely to encourage the judge to rule in your favor.

  1. Be prepared - Be sure you have the required paperwork, financial documents, and any other appropriate evidence ready ahead of time. Talk to your lawyer about what will be discussed at your appearance, the issues you will be asking the judge to decide, and the arguments you will be making. Practice making prepared statements and be ready for questions that you might be asked. By being ready for every eventuality, you will not be taken by surprise by any developments, and you will be able to make a strong argument for why the judge should make a decision in your favor.

  1. Dress appropriately - Appearances count, so it is important to dress professionally, treating the court environment with respect. Avoid wearing expensive clothing or jewelry, since this could have an impact decisions regarding financial support.

  1. Keep your cool - Even though divorce is often a high-conflict situation, it is important not to lose your temper. Avoid getting into heated arguments with your ex-spouse or his or her attorney, even if he or she makes statements that are untrue or attack your character. Never interrupt the judge when he or she is speaking, and do your best to keep your emotions under control. Staying calm and appearing reasonable will increase your chances of a favorable outcome.

Contact Our DuPage County Divorce Lawyers

At Anderson & Associates, P.C., our skilled, experienced attorneys can help you prepare for court appearances, ensuring that you are able to meet your legal requirements and providing you with the representation you need to achieve the ideal outcome in your divorce. Contact a Wheaton divorce attorney at 630-653-9400 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/9-mistakes-people-always-make-in-divorce-court_us_5a6b6071e4b01fbbefb15dca?section=us_divorce

https://www.ourfamilywizard.com/blog/five-things-do-your-first-court-appearance

 
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