Five Tips To Help You Testify In Your Divorce
If your marriage has irretrievably broken down, and you’re heading for a divorce, your emotions may be all over the place. To add to your woes, you will likely have to appear in the courtroom and testify at your divorce hearing or trial.
However, testifying in front of a judge can often be nerve-racking as you need to comply with the law and ensure you are honest and respectful at all times. At such a time, it is best to retain legal counsel to understand the legal proceedings, the appropriate etiquette, etc. Moreover, guidance from an attorney will help you maintain composure and deliver a confident testimony.
As your trusted advisors, at Divorce and Mediation Law Firm, we want to make sure you are adequately prepared before stepping foot into the courtroom. To place you in a favorable position, we have compiled a list of five tips to help you testify in your divorce.
Tip #1: Tell the truth
You do more harm to your case when you fail to tell the truth. No matter how much damage you think the truth will do, it’s never as bad as a falsehood.
#Tip 2: Be yourself
Do not attempt to portray yourself as someone you are not. A lack of sincerity on your part is almost as devastating to your case as not telling the truth.
#Tip 3: If you make a mistake, correct it
No one has an immediate and completely accurate recollection of every fact or conversation. So if you are confronted with a document or some prior statement that conflicts your testimony, do not be afraid to say, “I made a mistake.”
#Tip 4: Keep your answers short
The best replies to questions are yes, no, I don’t know, and I don’t remember. Also, answer the questions asked in as few words as possible to be truthful. The more you talk, the more you will be asked. So keep it short, in this case, less is more helpful to you!
#Tip 5: Listen to the question
Let the questioner complete his or her question before answering, as the court reporter can only take down what one person is saying at a time. If you talk over the question, the reporter may find it difficult. Also, you might think you know the question being asked but then find out it is not what you thought it to be, and your answer may look odd and out of place.
While these five tips will help prepare you during your divorce testimony, to increase the chances that a verdict may be in your favor, consider seeking advice from an experienced trial lawyer.
If you’re looking for a Divorce Law Firm in Pembroke Pines or Sunny Isles Beach, FL, reach out to Divorce and Mediation Law Firm. Our attorneys are very experienced in resolving hostile and complicated situations and are ready to meet with you to help you take steps to resolving your legal problems. Our Firm's areas of legal practice include divorce and separation, wills, trusts and estates, asset protection, probate and commercial litigation.