When it comes to Orange County divorce cases, most of them require at least one hearing in a family court. Dreading going to court already? No need to fret, when it comes to divorce courts in California, there are only a few things that you should keep in mind to make sure you go into the court prepared.
There are a few set of rules and procedures that should be taken into account when going to any such court. The number one rule irrespective of any court you are in is to be dressed in a more formal, professional manner and to have a polite and respectful demeanor.
Always be Prepared When Entering into a Courtroom
One of the biggest mistakes you can do is go to a court room for a hearing unprepared. To avoid such a sticky situation, always make sure you are in contact with your Orange County divorce attorney. You and your attorney must go over the documents and facts of the case repeatedly before the hearing. In most cases, the court will order you to bring the documents – make sure you have copies of those documents made and kept at home so that you familiarize yourself with them before they are produced in court.
Going into a courtroom isn’t only about preparing your mind, there are lots of aspects physically that you have to prepare before being perfectly ready. Most divorce cases can be stressful, and it is in your best interest to come to the court well rested. Rest and relaxation will be the key factors in you being able to handle the stress.
Be On Time
You don’t always get what you wished for on the roads, so make sure you leave early and plan enough time for traffic before setting the time to reach the court. Once you are at the court, you’ll require some time to find the court room where your case is registered.
Beginning of the Hearing
Inside the court, your attorney will handle most of the matters and yet there will be instances when you will be called on to testify. Whenever you are called on to testify, make sure you are familiar with your attorney’s questions and are able to avoid unnecessary confusion and panic. You need to learn to keep yourself calm and composed during this time.
Gerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce attorney and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists clients with legal issues including divorce, legal separation, divorce mediation, child custody, prenuptial agreements, stepparent adoptions, and other family law issues. Mr. Maggio has practiced law in California since 1999, and founded The Maggio Law Firm in 2005, focusing exclusively on divorce and family law matters.