Getting The Divorce Court Judge On Your Side During Pro Se Litigation
The courtroom can be a nerve-racking, anxiety-ridden place for anyone who has never dealt with the law before. A cold, desolate room with echoing noises, tense opposing parties and a judge in which everything lies upon. This situation can make even the most confident person crack under pressure, but no matter how intimidated you feel, it is important to get on your judge’s good side in order to have some parts of your case to your advantage.
Submit clean paperwork. Make sure you understand the formatting required in your state and county courts in order to impress the judge that you have done your research and did not sloppily put together your legal documents without care and respect for the court systems.
Stay on task. Don’t miss deadlines and court dates. This can cause a judge to become frustrated and harbor a negative feeling against you for abusing the court system’s time and energy.
Show a true, faithful effort. Show the judge that even though you are going about this Pro Se, that you’ve done your homework, researched the case and have the legal information to back up your claims and defenses.
Know your judge. I’m not talking about Googling your judge online, but I am talking about sitting in on a few cases that he is presiding over. This way, you can get a feel for what he likes, doesn’t like, tolerates or hates, and this can give you an edge over your ex-wife when you finally take your own case to court.
Remember that the judge is the one that has the final say about your case and what you are proposing happens during your time in court for your divorce. By getting on the judge’s good side, you will better your chances of being heard and recognized during the proceedings, and in the long run, that is a great benefit to have over your opposing party!