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What To Expect When You Go To Court

Many people associate the divorce process with going in front of a judge and being told what their futures will look like. Although you will learn in this blog how atypical that is, we understand how daunting the prospect of going to court can be for anyone. This could be your first experience being the subject of a court case. During these times, it is important that you have a supportive legal team. 

Empowered Family Law is a firm that believes in supporting our clients while striving for the best possible outcome. With a foundation built on empathy and a commitment to avoiding unnecessary conflicts, especially when children are involved, we will guide you through it. Let’s explore what going to court for a family law issue looks like and how we will ensure you are prepared and well-represented. 

Preparing for Trial 

Thorough preparation is imperative, and although it is not generally the case, we assume that every case we take on will go to trial. Maybe one out of four cases will result in a trial, but that doesn’t hinder our eagerness to be prepared for the possibility of it. Adopting this mindset ensures we possess the necessary evidence and documentation. This applies to cases that involve divorce, child custody disputes, or division of assets. For this reason, we will ask that our clients gather their financial information, tax returns, pay stubs, and budget information. Whereas you may never need to go before a judge, this meticulous preparation also gives a comprehensive view of your situation. It puts us in a better position to advocate for your best interests. 

In matters that involve infidelity, evidence that supports these claims is crucial. We will work closely with you and explain what we need before appropriately presenting it in a courtroom. There are a myriad of things that can be disputed, and child custody lands into this category. When this is present, we will ask clients to provide us with anything that they have that speaks to who the primary caretaker has been. By obtaining records highlighting each parent’s involvement and responsibility in the child’s upbringing, we can advocate for the child’s best interest moving forward. 

A Note on Communication

We want our clients to embrace the importance of maintaining respectful and dignified communication throughout the legal process. Be mindful of your words and actions inside the courtroom and outside of it. Anything said or written could impact your case. With that in mind, never say something to your spouse that you would not say in front of a judge.

Not only can a moment of weakness result in a poorly-worded text message that hurts you in court, but you should strive to conduct yourself thoughtfully and considerately with your former spouse. When the divorce ends, you must build a co-parenting relationship with your spouse if children are involved. “Winning” has many different connotations. Look beyond getting a favorable outcome in court and shift your mindset to taking the proper steps that will help you and your family for years to come. 

Become Empowered

When you work with Empowered Family Law, you will receive a legal team that focuses on empathy, supports its clients, and strives for the outcome you and your family need. If your case has to go to trial, we will ensure you are well-equipped. We will guide you through the process and will stand with you. To speak to us about your family law issue, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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