Appropriate Courtroom Behavior

Making an appearance in a courtroom for a divorce case can be difficult. After a struggling marriage filled with conflict, a couple may find it difficult to face one another in court. Emotions may become uncontrollable and spill over into inappropriate actions and words. Couples visiting court to finalize their divorce need to know that there are certain ways that they need to behave if the divorce is to proceed favorably.

One thing that spouses need to keep in mind is that they need to treat each other with respect. Out of frustration, they may speak out of turn, curse at each other, and speak in extremes. All of this behavior will work to their disadvantage. When judges see spouses acting with uncontrollable anger, they will look unfavorably upon them. A judge may think, for example, that if spouses cannot treat each other with respect, they may behave poorly with children. Or, judges may think that the angry spouse may in fact have been the one causing trouble in the marriage.

It is also important for spouses to treat the judge with respect for similar reasons. The judge will ultimately decide which parent gets custody of the children, whether the division of assets is fair, and which spouse is in the right and which is in the wrong. Treating a judge disrespectfully and not heeding his or her wishes can lead to an unfavorable ruling.

Ultimately, appropriate courtroom behavior requires common sense. Spouses should behave in the courtroom how they would behave outside of it: with respect, courtesy, and dignity.

Speak with a San Diego Divorce Lawyer

Unfortunately, courtroom behavior is only one aspect of divorces that spouses need to keep in mind, and other issues are often more serious. If you are considering a divorce, having the help of a professional attorney can make the process go by smoothly and more favorably. For help, call the San Diego divorce lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP at 760-722-7646.

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