Preparing for Court
At the Law Office of Laurence J. Brock, we have found that most of our clients feel worried or anxious about going to court. This is perfectly understandable. There is something incredibly intimidating about being in a setting where you have to abide by a set of rules you do not understand and are unfamiliar with. Combine this with needing to sit in a room with your spouse, testifying on the stand, and hearing unpleasant things about your marriage makes going to court anything but pleasant. We will not sugarcoat it but instead, will help prepare you for it.
Try to Relax
Some people find that drinking tea, meditating, having a massage the day before, reading a good book, praying, going for a walk, etc. can help them enter a relaxed state of mind. We encourage you to consider what helps you relax and make sure you do it the day and evening before a trial and as much as you can during it. The calmer you are, the better you will feel and the more prepared you will be. As an added benefit, when you are relaxed, time tends to go by faster than it does when you are feeling great stress.
Hire the Right Attorney
You should always work with an attorney you have confidence in. When you know that your family lawyer has your best interest in mind, that they are prepared, and that they are skilled, you can begin to relax and trust that they have the situation handled. If you cannot count on your lawyer, they are not the right one for you.
Practice Ahead of Time
Either with your attorney or with friends and family, practice being on the stand and answering questions. Role play can help you mentally and emotionally prepare for going to court, so do this as frequently as you need.
Call in Support
Do not go to court alone. If you have friends and family in the area, ask them to come along. The trial itself could take days or a week, or longer, and these are long days. Since most people cannot take that much time away from work or other obligations, you may want to have them come in shifts or ask key people to be there on set days. This way, you have someone to talk to and encourage you on breaks, for lunch, and even after a long day in court. This is not the time to try and do everything on your own. Get help, call in support, and enjoy the love of your friends and family.
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