What to Expect in Divorce Court: What Happens and Why?

What should you expect when you are going to go to divorce court? How can you prepare yourself for going to divorce court? There are several things that you need to keep in mind when you are going to go to court for your divorce, such as: the judge is most likely busy and will therefore prioritize his/her cases as well as the facts and evidence in your specific case. Some of the facts that are brought forward in your case may not be deemed relevant by the judge. Also, the judge is not on your side, but neither are they on your spouse’s side. They are there to determine the best resolution to the dissolution of your marriage through the use of law, facts, and judicial discretion. Next, your lawyer should be prepared for divorce court. They should know your case incredibly well, have read through all the paperwork involved, as well as the facts, and they should help you prepare for your court date by telling you what parts of the paperwork you need to know.

Preparing For Divorce Court

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As far as preparing yourself for your court date, there are several things that you can do to prepare, such as:

  • Study the paperwork, facts, evidence, property, assets, income, expenses, etc. that your attorney has told you to look over. Merely glancing at this paperwork will not assist you in your court date. You should know the information very well. It is also a good idea to bring any documentation that may be helpful in your case.
  • Prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. Get a good night’s sleep before your court date. Have a well balanced meal. Do breathing exercises or listen to music that helps to relax you before you go into the courthouse. If you are a victim of domestic violence, have people with you in court that you trust and that can support you such as friends and family (if this is allowed, sometimes court settings are private and friends and family are not allowed to sit in on the proceedings.) Some people find it helpful to speak with a counselor or therapist before their court date in order to discuss their feelings about it and other techniques that they may be able to try in order to relax.
  • Make a list of dates, times, and duration of specific events in your marriage and have the list ready with you at your court date in case you need to refer to them, as often times in situations of high stress, people can forget things that they normally would remember.

For more information about divorce court and what you can expect when you are going through a divorce, consult with a divorce attorney or visit montesfamilylaw.com.


Works Cited


Farzad, Robert. “What to Expect in Divorce Court? What Happens at Hearings.” Farzad Family


Law. Farzad Law, 30 May 2015. Web. 11 Mar. 2016.