If spouses in a divorce or parents in a custody suit are unable to reach agreements on property or custody issues and a court hearing becomes necessary, there are few things to keep in mind for when you go to court.
First, look over any notes you may have regarding events that have taken place during the relationship. Make a timeline to remind yourself of key dates. Review any letters or emails you have from your attorney and look over any texts from the other party regarding key issues. In Collin County, temporary order hearings are limited to 20 minutes per side so if you can readily testify as to dates and events then it will help your case.
Stay in communication with your attorney. If you have questions about what will happen during the hearing set up a conference with your attorney so you know both of you are on the same page. Ask your attorney if there are any specific events or issues you should be prepared for.
While in court, always be respectful of the judge and other court personnel. Dress appropriately, and turn off all cell phones while inside the courtroom. When testifying, always be truthful and don’t try to argue with the opposing attorney or engage in actions such as rolling your eyes. You want to avoid being excessively emotional. If an objection is raised wait for the judge to rule on the objection before answering.
When in court you want to be able to quickly and clearly present your side to the judge. This makes it more likely that the court will award you the relief you are seeking.
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