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How should I dress for divorce court?

When you think of divorce in the Baton Rouge area, you probably imagine you and your partner screaming it out in court. While a shouting match might make you feel better at that moment, in real life, it could result in contempt charges and a less than favorable divorce outcome. Litigation is often the last resort for separating couples who are unable to compromise and settle their divorce amicably. 

If you feel that your divorce is headed to court, you might feel confused and unsure of what you should do. The mere thought of standing in front of a judge might seem intimidating. Here are some things you can do to help your divorce case in court. 

Dress professionally 

It is important for you to dress appropriately for court. You do not have to dress in your Sunday best. However, you should dress in a manner similar to what you would wear for an interview or a day in a professional office setting. According to ChicagoNow.com, attire that is inappropriate for the courtroom include loud and bright colors, flip-flops, jeans, sneakers and revealing clothing. You want to make a great first impression on the judge. The attire you wear to court can help. 

Be respectful, courteous and polite 

During the proceedings, your spouse and their legal representative might allege things you do not agree with. They might even say some things to paint you in an unfavorable light. Regardless of how you feel about what you hear, you should keep your emotions in check. Show your respect for the judge by maintaining a pleasant and respectful tone, addressing them as "your honor" and using proper body language that is devoid of attitude and disrespect. 

In divorce court, the judge is there to use the law and facts in your divorce dispute to issue a ruling that is just and fair. If you are disrespectful, rude, dishonest and do not have good legal representation, you could end up with an unfavorable settlement.

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