There is nothing easy about splitting up with the person with whom you exchanged vows and have built your life. To make things that much harder, some divorces aren’t settled through mediation, but instead require the intervention of the courts. If your divorce case is going to trial, here are five tips to keep in mind to help you get through the trial emotionally, and protect your best interests along the way–
1. Get Organized
If your case is going to trial, you should take some time to get organized and prepared. This means putting the date on your calendar and making any necessary arrangements to be there on time (i.e. scheduling a babysitter, requesting time off work, etc.), familiarizing yourself with the court rules (such as no cellphones), ensuring that you are prepared with any documentation that you’ll need, and planning your outfit – it’s important that you are dressed professionally. It will also be important to plan to get to court early and expect to wait – your case may not be heard right away.
2. Practice, Practice, Practice
Testifying before a court can be nerve-racking. The best way to manage your nerves and give the best delivery possible is to practice a lot before you’re actually on the stand. With your lawyer, go over your testimony and practice questions that you’ll likely be asked by your spouse’s attorney. The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll be the day of.
3. Call Upon Credible Witnesses
Knowing who you plan to call to testify on your behalf is important – the right witness could make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Make a list of credible witnesses and how their testimony may aid your case. Then, share this list with your attorney, who can review it with you.
4. Manage Your Emotions
Being emotional in court rarely goes in a person’s favor. It’s important that you are professional, composed, calm, and polite. If you are having trouble managing your emotions, it’s recommended that you seek help from a professional therapist or counselor who can offer management techniques in advance.
5. Hire an Experienced Attorney
Perhaps the most critical thing that you can do when preparing for a divorce trial is to hire an experienced attorney who has worked on cases like yours in the past. An attorney who knows your spouse’s lawyer, is familiar with the judge who’s presiding over your case, and who has won cases similar to yours in the past are all key.
Contact Heather Ward Law Today
If you are going through a divorce, you don’t have to do it alone. At the office of Heather Ward Law, our Massachusetts divorce lawyer will work hard to protect your interests and secure the outcome you’re aiming for. Our attorney can represent you at all stages of the divorce process, including mediation and litigation. Reach out to Attorney Heather M. Ward today by phone at 617-903-8955 or online to schedule your initial consultation.