A divorce may be one of the hardest experiences you and your family have to go through, but if you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to end your marriage, it’s helpful to know what to expect. Especially if you have to face a divorce trial.
Although a vast majority of spouses settle disputes out of court through mediation or negotiations, litigation may be the only option for individuals who cannot agree upon essential matters such as property and their children. If your divorce is headed in this direction, going to trial unprepared may damage the outcome of your case.
How to Prepare for Your Divorce Trial
Gather Important Documents
Before your trial, both you and your spouse will have already submitted documents as evidence for your case through the discovery process. This can include tax filings, housing contracts, billing records, employment files, and more. It would be wise to become familiar with those materials in the event that the judge raises a question from one of the documents. We also recommend keeping extra copies of these records for yourself, the judge, and the opposing side.
Know How to Testify
Testifying may be the most daunting part of this process because you don’t know what to expect, and you’re in an unfamiliar place. While a reasonable attorney should provide help with this, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Be careful not to reveal too much information, remember that you only need to testify about relevant matters, and always answer the questions truthfully.
Control your Emotions
Upon being called to testify, rampant nerves may make you want to reveal details that may hurt your credibility in the eyes of the judge. We understand that divorce is an emotional experience, and you may be feeling everything from animosity to deep hurt, but do not let it get in the way during your trial. When you are being examined, listen to questions carefully, take a moment to respond, and only give up information that is asked.
At Dan McCandless Law, our divorce attorney, Dan McCandless, isn’t afraid to litigate if that is what’s necessary to get you the best outcome. With our team by your side, you can get through the divorce process easier.
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