Preparing For A Family Court Appearance
Custody concerns and other divorce disputes can end up in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey court of law, but sometimes negotiation can achieve your goals. Or if negotiation is not an option, a Bucks County family attorney can share alternative resolution options, including mediation and arbitration. And if you do need to go to court, they will walk you through what to expect.
Staying Calm, Dressing Appropriately, and Reviewing Documents
While your attorney will prepare the court documents you need, they will go over the material with you before a court appearance. Doing this will give you confidence to share information calmly and carefully. Then, there will be less of a chance that when you are telling your story you unintentionally change information being shared. Remaining composed and calm when in an emotional situation, like a divorce, is not easy, but preparation can help.
Then, on the day itself, keep the following in mind:
- Give yourself time to get to the hearing or trial. It is important to be on time, so be aware of traffic or detours that could influence how long it takes for you to travel to the courtroom.
- Dress conservatively and professionally. There is no outfit requirement, but clothing with phrases and anything torn or ripped should be avoided.
- If helpful, have an outline of what main points you are planning to share.
- Have copies of legal documents with you as well as a pen and paper for taking notes.
- Rise to your feet when a judge comes into the courtroom and leaves.
- Be polite throughout the process, this means don’t eat, snap gum, look at a mobile device, or listen to music.
- Do not interrupt others when they are speaking, including others arguing against your points and the judge.
Before entering the legal space, ask your attorney how the two of you can communicate throughout the hearing or trial. Then, you will be able to ask questions and understand what is happening. This will allow you to put your best self forward throughout the procedure.
Talk to a Family Lawyer to Learn About Next Steps
Before assuming you will need to go to court, discuss where you are today and where you want to be with a Bucks County family attorney. If court is needed, your lawyer will guide you through the preparation process. This will include reviewing documentation and talking through who will be in the room, so you are not surprised. Divorce is stressful, but there are ways to smooth the process, including having legal representation.
Do you think court may be required in order for you to achieve the divorce agreement you need? A compassionate attorney may be able to secure the outcome you are seeking through negotiation, saving you money and stress. But if not, they will aggressively fight for you in a court of law. Share your goals with the legal team at Kardos, Rickles & Hand. There may be a resolution option you haven’t considered, a skilled attorney can help. To get started, call 215-968-6602.