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Preparing for Divorce Court – Essential Tips

| July 4, 2018 

Divorce is not easy for anyone. Emotions run high, and you may wind up doing things that you will later regret. When preparing for divorce court, it is critical to maintain your composure and follow these tips to ensure that you come out on the other side with your dignity and with a successful ruling.

Build a Strategy and Follow It – This most important thing you can do for your case is work with your lawyer and take their advice. Develop a strategy going into court and ensure that you follow it to the letter. Your attorney has your best interests in mind, and they have the knowledge to help you if you are willing to work with them.

Social Media – It is best to refrain from using social media to discuss your case.  Even when you think it is private, it often still gets out.  Best avoid posting, even with friends, during the case.

Choose Your Outfit Wisely – Your appearance says a lot about you, especially in a courtroom setting. Be sure to dress professionally, in business attire. Make sure you are meticulously groomed so that you look put together during the proceedings. A clean-cut professional appearance shows respect for the court and makes you seem like a mature, responsible individual.

Show Respect for Everyone – Yes, this does include your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. A lot of negative emotions rear their ugly heads during divorce proceedings, but it’s important not to let them show in court. Be completely respectful towards your spouse, their attorney, and every other person you encounter in court. This will speak volumes to the judge, and they may be inclined to make a more favorable ruling.

Be Mindful of Body Language – Rolling your eyes every time the other attorney speaks or glaring at your soon-to-be-ex in court says a lot more about you than anything you can say. Be self-aware, and try to maintain your composure during court. Your body language is a significant indicator of your professionalism and maturity level, so keep a cool head and maintain your dignity.

When you are looking for experienced divorce lawyers in Vancouver, WA, turn to the team at Morse Bratt Andrews & Terry LLP.

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