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The importance of courtroom decorum in a high asset divorce

Going to court can be stressful for a divorcing spouse. Few people enter a marriage expecting the relationship will later become unsustainable; fewer still anticipate having to go over the details of things like property division and alimony in a courtroom. While Texas law offers ways to avoid divorce court, such as divorce mediation, these options may not work for everyone. Especially in cases of high asset divorce, going to court may be necessary to obtain a fair settlement.

Experienced legal representation can give a spouse peace of mind that their rights will be protected in the courtroom. A Houston family lawyer can walk a spouse through the different parts of a divorce proceeding and what can be expected each step of the way. A family law attorney will also typically share some helpful tips regarding proper courtroom decorum.

Most divorcing spouses are already aware of the need to be polite and deferential in court. However, in cases where property division, child custody and other divorce legal issues put much at stake, emotions can be severely strained for even the most stoic individuals. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the heated nature of a divorce trial.

A spouse should limit the presence of other family members in the courtroom to a few quietly supportive adults. A spouse should dress professionally, the way they might for a job interview. Working with their own attorney, spouses can also "role play" and practice speaking to a judge or opposing counsel. Spouses should practice giving verbal rather than non-verbal responses to questions, since an accurate court record depends on all communication being clear and audible.

These and other tips can help a spouse feel a bit more comfortable in the courtroom setting. A high asset divorce can produce immense stress, but being prepared and understanding the rules of decorum can make a spouse feel more confident.

Source: State Bar of Texas, "Pro se divorce handbook," accessed Jan. 15, 2015

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