How to Prepare for a Divorce Hearing
Even the most amicable divorce is stressful, but a contested divorce can be much more so. Court is intimidating no matter what reason you have to be there, but the more prepared you are, the less scary it will be. Organization and preparation are the keys to a more positive hearing, so make sure you follow these steps when preparing for court.
Get Your Documents in Order
The whole point of a divorce hearing is for a judge to help you and your spouse divide your assets fairly. That’s why it’s imperative that you gather all your documents ahead of time and spend plenty of time reviewing the information. You want to be able to answer all the judge’s questions easily.
The documents you will need to gather are any and all that pertain to your debts, income, and assets. If children are involved, you may need to provide additional documentation of your child’s expenses and specific information pertaining to your parenting skills.
Know the Laws
Your attorney will assist you with this step. He or she will help you understand California laws that relate to the division of assets and child custody. Still, it can’t hurt to review California’s divorce laws. Then, if you have any questions, ask your attorney.
Make sure you dress appropriately for court. You don’t have to wear a suit or extremely formal apparel, but be sure that you look like you are taking this hearing seriously. Yes, you are judged by your appearance—we all are. Make sure you are wearing business attire, and try not to wear anything with wrinkles or holes.
Always Remain Calm in Court
One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is the emotional state it leaves you in. Controlling your emotions is a difficult skill for anyone to master, but it is important when you are standing in a courtroom.
Even if a ruling doesn’t go the way you hoped, you must remain calm. If you don’t, you risk leaving the judge feeling like you aren’t a fit parent.
Contact the Law Office of Laurence J. Brock
When preparing for a divorce hearing, you could benefit from a divorce lawyer’s guidance. Call an attorney from the Law Office of Laurence J. Brock. We have over twenty-five years of experience working with difficult family law cases. Use the contact form below or call us today at 909-466-7661 to get started.