Courtroom Conduct for Mothers
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Every time you appear in court, all eyes are on you: the judge is assessing your credibility, opposing counsel is watching to see if you will act logically or emotionally, and court personnel is wondering if you will be likable or a pain in their behind.
Going to court for the first time? Here’s what you need to know:
- Don’t let your appearance for your case be the first time you walk into the courtroom. Visit the court before your court date. Learn the ropes as to how your judge runs the courtroom. Is he or she on time or more relaxed about time? Is the courtroom crowded? Where does everybody sit?
- Bring a notebook with you to court. You will want to take notes.
- When you are on the witness stand, listen and make sure you understand each question you are asked. If you are unsure, ask to have the question repeated.
- When answering questions, give the shortest answer possible. Do not provide more information than is needed.
- Avoid using absolute words such as no, never and always.
- Beware of an attorney trying to box you in with questions that include “everything you remember” or "everything that you know.” Answer the question, but cover yourself by also saying, “That is what I can remember right now.”
- If you do not remember something, simply say so.
Women: Don’t Rush to Settlement!
Some husbands stall and delay, while others are the opposite—they exert extreme pressure to divorce quickly. It’s usually because he has something to hide. Here’s how this tactic works: Very early in the process, he suggests the two of you can work it out without the need for attorneys. Then, there is a seemingly fair settlement proposal. More often than not, the goal is to get the divorce over quickly. The problem is, you never have time to receive or review all financial documents, so you may not have a complete understanding of what you both own and/or owe.
Never Handle Child Custody Cases on Your Own
Divorce cases relating that involve child custody and parenting plans are complicated. They can be full of tricks and dead ends. You have only one chance to make a good impression on the judge and the guardian ad litem, so it is important to be prepared. Call the Massachusetts divorce lawyers at Miller Law Group, P.C. (MLG) for a free, no-obligation consultation and learn about the successful tactics and strategies that have worked for other women we have represented.
Call (508) 502-7002 or contact us online.
Don’t feel alone and unsupported. There is no reason to scramble around in a panic, trying to figure out what to do and where to begin. We are here to help you feel confident and prepared—knowing what to expect in court. That’s how you’ll feel when you meet with our attorneys and let us help you win your case in court.