Many Texas couples who are either getting ready to file for divorce or are already going through the divorce process may wonder what they can do to help their case. Of course, honesty and cooperation are of the best ways to make a divorce successful, but there are many other things one can do to help. No matter how right a person may be in divorce court, it is still up to a judge to decide the outcome, and how one behaves can absolutely play a role in the decision making.

Confidence is no longer just for a job interview, but also for divorce court. Making eye contact to the preceding judge shows one is trustworthy. Always speak to be heard, clear and respectful. Although it is important to be heard in divorce court, remember that there is an equal opportunity for each spouse to speak. Never talk over the judge or the spouse and only speak when spoken to, and, in addition, really listen and show attention to what the judge is saying.

There are likely issues between the spouses, of course; that is why the couple came to the agreement of divorce. However angry one is at his or her spouse, never be rude in court. Avoid eye-rolling or rude gestures along the lines of sighing, murmuring under one’s breath and even throwing hands up showing disapproval. Everyone gets a turn to speak in divorce court, and if there is a rebuttal, say it respectfully and during the appropriate time.

Additionally, always dress for court as if one was headed for a job interview. A divorce is somewhat of a business transaction, so dress appropriately. Avoid revealing, ripped or stained articles of clothing. How a judge sees one can play a significant part in the rulings.

When a Texas couple decides it best to divorce, getting through the process as quickly as possible is important. Leave the bitterness at the door of the court room, and treat the judge, spouse and court staff in a manner in which one would want to be treated. Divorce can already be a lengthy process, and having any setbacks in court can only prolong the divorce process.

Family Law