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Prepare for a divorce trial if you have one looming

If your divorce is heading into the courtroom for a trial, you need to make sure that you are prepared for the process. While this isn't a criminal case, your behavior, appearance and demeanor can have a big impact on your future.

You should remember that judges have their own quirks that must be taken into account. It is impossible to know this unless you have spent time in the judge's courtroom. Having an attorney who is familiar with these can prove to be a very valuable benefit for your case.

When you head into the courtroom, make sure that you are wearing appropriate attire and look presentable. Wearing revealing clothing or an outfit that is too casual, such as pajamas, isn't appropriate for a divorce case. Instead, wear something that is nice and modest.

Another thing to remember is that the courtroom personnel probably have a good working relationship with the judge. You should treat them with the respect that they are due. Try not to have an attitude or get angry at them or anyone else in the courtroom. Even if your ex tries to anger you, don't let him or her get to you in that way.

Make sure that you have your paperwork in order and are making reasonable requests to the court. Don't think that you have to try to start high to leave room for negotiations. The judge likely doesn't want to drag your case on forever. Instead, come in with requests that show you are trying to work with your ex about who gets what.

Take the time to plan for what is going to happen that day. Write your plan out. This gives you something to look at if you need to refocus quickly.

Source: The Huffington Post, "9 Mistakes That Will End Up Costing You In Divorce Court," Brittany Wong, accessed May 04, 2018

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