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How to Behave in Divorce Court

It's never easy to go through a divorce. When a divorce moves to court, it can be especially difficult. Divorce trials are often filled with high stakes and heightened emotions.

It's important to be well behaved during your divorce trial. Shelby, Gastonia, and other North Carolina courts take their rules very seriously. Your behavior in court can hurt or help your outcome. Here are some tips to follow should your divorce go to trial.

Arrive Early

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Showing up late for court puts you at an immediate disadvantage. You should arrive at least 15 minutes early for any scheduled appearance. Account for potential setbacks like traffic, parking issues, and other delays.

Dress Appropriately

Make sure you wear business attire and follow the court's dress code. You should dress like you would for a job interview. If you're unsure of what to wear, ask your lawyer for advice.

Be Professional

Professionalism goes a long way in the courtroom. Be respectful and follow etiquette in front of a judge. You should stand up when the judge enters the room and address them as “your honor.”

As a general rule, avoid speaking unless the judge addresses you. Your attorneys can do the speaking for you and advocate on your behalf.

Stay Engaged

Judges monitor your behavior even when you're not speaking. By staying actively engaged during the proceedings, you can show the judge you are taking the case seriously. Taking notes is a great way to stay focused and pick up on things you might otherwise miss.

Remain Civil

Although tensions may run high, you must not let your emotions get the best of you. An emotional outburst or aggressive reaction can negatively impact your case. Stay calm, cool, and collected during the proceedings. You can always have your lawyer refute accusations or false claims later.

Listen to Your Attorney

Your attorney will prepare you well in advance of your court appearance. They should arm you with the knowledge necessary to remain composed throughout the trial. Your attorney knows best. You should use their advice to act appropriately and set yourself up for success in family court. 

You don't have to be intimidated in divorce court. By following these rules, you can remain respectful and behaved during your divorce trial.

If you need additional help, contact the lawyers at Caulder and Valentine. Our experienced attorneys can answer your questions and work to achieve the best possible outcome in your divorce. Contact us today at (704) 470-2440.

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