7 Simple, Yet Important Things You Must Do In Family Court
Our team here at Nelson Law Group, PC is used to being in the courtroom. But just because we know our way around the judicial system doesn’t mean the clients we represent have the same level of expertise.
In fact, many people we’ve worked with have never stepped foot in a courtroom before.
So what do you do, say, think, and act like when it’s finally your day in family court? Well, we’ll get to those in a minute. But first, hopefully, you’ve already retained an attorney with experience in all matters involving divorce, child custody, and even spousal support. Doing so ensures you are not alone in what can be a complicated process and helps you manage the myriad of emotions that include everything from anxiety and frustration to anger and heartbreaking sadness.
Once you have a lawyer in your corner, here are 7 simple, yet important things you should be doing:
Arrive on time
Arriving early (at least 45 minutes to an hour before your case is heard) helps with settling your nerves while ensuring you are where you’re supposed to be. It also speaks well to your character, the importance you’ve placed on this particular case, and the respect you have for the judge and everyone who is involved in the proceedings.
First impressions are everything, especially in a courtroom when you are trying to convince a judge or jury that your position is the one the judge should adopt. Most Courts have a dress code and a simple description is business attire.
Have the right documents with you
This is where having an attorney in your corner can help tremendously, as the two of you can plan in advance of your court date to ensure you have all your necessary paperwork and documents in hand.
Know the “ins” and “outs” of your case
We’re not suggesting that you need to be able to do your lawyer’s job, but it is important to ask all the appropriate questions of your attorney ahead of time so that you can go into court understanding the theme of your case, what you are trying to accomplish and how you are planning on accomplishing it.
Have good etiquette and keep your emotions in check
Be courteous to the judge, your attorney, the opposing counsel, and even the opposing party in the case – and that’s just for starters. Bottom line: be on your best behavior. With any family law case, it’s easy to lose control of your emotions, so be mindful of facial expressions, rude or petty side comments, and showing disinterest in the case.
Allow your lawyer to take the wheel
If you want to win your case, you need to make sure you let your lawyer take the front seat and do the work for you. Sure, there is prep work that you can do to eliminate unnecessary costs and make their jobs easier, but allow your lawyer the opportunity to develop a case strategy in consultation with you.
Be a copious notetaker
There’s a lot going on in a courtroom, even for the savviest and most experienced of trial lawyers. As a party in a case, it’s always a great idea to bring a notepad with you and take notes. This will help you keep track of everything that is happening and give you a chance to ask your lawyer more direct questions about things you didn’t understand at a break in the proceedings.
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It is imperative to have an experienced lawyer in your corner for anything family law related. Give our knowledgeable staff here at Nelson Law Group, PC a call if you have any further questions regarding this – or any other – issue.
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