I have been through this all before, and here is what I learned ahead of time and it was very helpful.
#1 Speak only when addressing the judge and do not interrupt the opposing party.
#2 Do not attack your ex in any way. State your case as blunt and forward as you can without dragging anything negative about her into the situation
unless it is very relevant. Do not turn it into a he said she said. If the other party does, let them, but do not respond unless the judge is looking
for a response.
#3 Dress for court. I know that this should go without saying, but you will get more respect from the judge if you appear respectably.
#4 Write up everything ahead of time that will help you with your case so that you have a good reference guide to read from. It saves you looking like
a bumbling baffoon, and you can state your case clearly and concisely.
#5 Have a definition of the time that you would like to receive and figure out all of the transportation issues and everything else ahead of time.
This gives you the appearance of being well put together and more deserving of the time you are requesting.
These are some of the things that I did, and everything went pretty much in my favor. If you don't go in asking for ridiculous things it is more
likely that it will go your way. I had everything laid out before I went into the court room from transportation to meals so that if asked I had an
answer. Good luck, and I hope some of this helps.
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