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Understanding how to prepare for court during a divorce

For a number of Minnesota residents, it is possible that the divorce process is their first interaction with the court system. Because divorce can be a stressful time, many divorcing individuals may wonder what to expect, what to do and how to act in court. The time a divorcing couple spends in court can, of course, impact the outcome of the divorce, which is why understanding the importance of the court process is helpful for anyone navigating the potentially challenging process of divorce.

It is helpful to prepare in advance and understand the nature of why the parties are in court, what role the parties play, how the process will be conducted and, in general, what to expect. It is important to have a clear understanding and strategy going into the courtroom for a divorce hearing or other courtroom appearance. It is also important to keep in mind that courtrooms are formal and when a party presents themselves in court it is similar to attending a job interview.

It is always important throughout the divorce process to focus on limiting the understandable impact of emotions, which is also true during a courtroom appearance. It is important to remain calm and respectful whenever the parties appear in the courtroom setting. It is also important to be aware of body language and non-verbal messages that may be sent.

Because divorce can be emotionally and financially challenging, it can be difficult to picture remaining calm, cool and collected, but it is important to do so while in the courtroom setting. In general, avoiding disputes and focusing on shared compromises and settlement can help save emotional and financial strain while in court and during the divorce process in general.

Source: Huffington Post, "4 Tips To Help You Succeed In Divorce Court," Joseph E. Cordell, April 11, 2016

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