If your divorce is the first time you have ever been in a courtroom, it can be nerve-wracking to know what to expect. There are certain protocols and rules for being in a courtroom that it is helpful to know prior to your court date.
Texas Law Help explains you should prepare by dressing neatly, which simply means no clothing in disrepair, cut-offs, tank tops or other inappropriate clothing and shoes that cover your feet. You want to be respectful with your attire.
You also want to arrive a little early. If you are late, that could lead to issues. Make sure you get there early enough to find parking and meet with your lawyer.
Make sure you are prepared to go through a security check. You may have to walk through a metal detector as well. Do not take any weapons into the courthouse. It is smart to only take items you absolutely must have with you.
In the courtroom, you should be quiet and polite. Never chew gum, eat or drink in court. Make sure you show respect to anyone else in the room. If you speak to the judge, you should stand up.
You may have to testify, which will require swearing to tell the truth. You can be held legally responsible for lying in court, so always be truthful. Address the judge as “your honor,” and never interrupt the judge.
Once the judge hears all the testimony and reviews your documentation, he or she will make a ruling. It could be to schedule another hearing or to make a final decree in your case. Once the judge issues a final ruling, your divorce is final.