Family law cases are usually not easy for those involved, it can be confusing, emotionally agonizing, and expensive. Getting clear information and coordinating agendas may seem nearly impossible, no matter how much money or advice you have. With so much information coming at you from well-intended friends and family, you should be familiar with some basics for handling these kinds of matters.
7 Things to Know Before Going to Family Court
Here’s what you need to know before your family law court hearing:
- 1. Be on time to the Courthouse. You will need time to tell the bailiff that you are present in the courthouse before the case begins.
- 2. Make sure that you are prepared. Support calculations can be to the point, but can also be easily manipulated if your former partner has a skilled attorney on their side. You should be able to defend your points so that they cannot be questioned or distorted by any way.
- 3. Have your arguments ready, along with your explanation for each. Some arguments tend to annoy Judges if they are not properly backed up with information, which will lead you to be on the Judge’s bad side.
- 4. When you’re in front of the Judge, speak to him or her and not to your ex. Side conversation and dirty looks are not favorable in the court room.
- 5. Stay on the good side of the Judge. Acting inappropriately out of anger or annoyance will only put you into a worse situation. The Judge will form a negative opinion of you if you are rude, which could lead to a negative outcome in your case.
- 6. Everything that is in writing must be given to the Judge and the other side as well. Even if you cannot stand your former spouse, they are entitled to see any documents that are being reviewed by the Judge.
- 7. Once the Judge has heard everything from you and your former partner, they are going to make an Order. This Order could be made in the middle of the trial or at the end depending on the Judge’s opinion. Once the Judge says that they are ready to decide, you will need to start taking notes on what is being said. Either you or your former spouse will have to put this Order into writing after the hearing. If this step is misconstrued, you stand to lose a great deal—so don’t think about changing it.
Consult an Attorney for your Family Law Case
These condensed points will help you to win your case. It may not seem necessary to hire an attorney to represent you; however, you should be aware that you will likely be faced with a slew of documents, requirements, and expectations that you might not be prepared for otherwise. If you’re facing a family law hearing, seeking the assistance of a well-practiced attorney will not only benefit you, but reduce some of the stress you might be experiencing. Call me, Mark A. Schneider, Esq. at (609) 242- 9337 today for a free consultation.