Courtroom Conduct for Fathers
No man enjoys the process of divorce and parenting litigation. However, when basic negotiations and settlement discussions prove fruitless, he has no choice but to take his case to court.
Prepare Yourself by Visiting Your Court
In professional sports, the stadiums are different in each city, but the playing field is exactly the same. In family law, the courthouses and rules are different, but the problems presented to the different judges are often the same. When you take a field trip to court, pay particular attention to the interaction between attorneys, litigants, courtroom staff and judges.
Sit quietly in the back, observe what works and what irritates the judge. Learn what to expect in court and what you need to do to prepare for game day — your day in court.
How to Convince a Judge to See Things Your Way
Whether you are seeking primary custody, lower child support or alimony obligations or a larger share of property division, we suggest that you ask yourself, "If I was the judge, what would I want to know?"
You need to keep focused and avoid making the following mistakes:
- Avoid the common blunders of leaving offensive text or voicemail messages on mom’s phone, spreading gossip about mom and using the children for spying on their mother.
- Be thorough in preparing your financial statement and don’t play dirty tricks such as hiding money by deferring salary and bonuses, living off your expense account at work or stashing cash in safe deposit boxes.
- Demonstrate your ability to be patient and show how you have the impulse-control to withstand the delays, setbacks, pain, confusion and anxiety common to men facing divorce and custody cases.
- Always say “our” children; not “my” children.
The Right Divorce Lawyer Can Make a Big Difference
Men can emerge from disastrous marriages and remain financially and emotionally intact. We at the Miller Law Group, P.C. fight for the rights of fathers and husbands who find themselves victimized by women whose goal — as many women often state themselves — is to take the man for everything he has. We advocate on your behalf to help with your efforts to emerge intact from a relationship gone bad, or one which never should have been formed in the beginning. Once you’ve made the decision to begin protecting your rights in your divorce or custody case, start by being an advocate for yourself. Our attorneys are here to help dads like you. We have extensive experience in Massachusetts family courts.
To accommodate your busy schedule, we gladly offer day, night and weekend appointments. Call us at (508) 502-7002 or fill out our online consultation form today. We look forward to helping you.