Preparing For Court

Many people step into a courtroom for the first time when they are getting divorced. Some may have been summoned for jury duty, but they have never been the focal point of a case. It is easy to be overwhelmed at first. There are rules, procedures, and bailiffs (or marshals). 

If you are feeling any degree of anxiety about your day in court, take the time to learn about what it will be like. If absolutely nothing else, take comfort in knowing that your attorney will walk you through the process. They should go over how things will flow procedurally, prepare you to be on a witness stand, and what you should expect. 

What You Should Leave Court With

Divorce and dissolving a marriage is complicated because it centers around untangling two people’s lives. There are issues connected to child custody, division of property, debt, finances, and more. Because of how highly emotional many divorce cases are, it is reasonable that some people won’t agree to terms independently. 

The court resolves any outstanding issues. If there are matters that you have reached an agreement on, going to court will negate the progress you’ve made. Regardless of whether you have chosen or a judge has done so for you, you should leave the court with a conclusion. This extends to child support, custody, alimony, and anything else that requires the court’s ruling.

Other Considerations

Will you be at the courthouse all day? That depends on too many variables that you cannot fully account for. With that said, plan on spending your day there. Because it is highly likely your attorney has been to the same courthouse you are going to, ask about what is nearby to eat. Eliminate minor stressors when you can.

If you have questions about what to wear or how to dress, ask your attorney. Knowing that you are dressing appropriately will increase your confidence. In addition, there are rules regarding what you can bring into the courthouse. For example, something as (seemingly) minor as a pocket knife on your keychain can be confiscated.  

Lastly, trust your attorney and don’t overwhelm yourself. As challenging as it may be, think carefully and speak deliberately when testifying. If you are unsure of a question, ask. Your attorney will prepare you for the specifics of your case. 

Fraser, Wilson, & Bryan, P.C.
At Fraser, Wilson, & Bryan, P.C., we believe in giving our clients nothing short of zealous representation. Our role is to support you throughout the divorce process. Whether that leads to a courtroom or not, we will be by your side. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.