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Be Brief. Draft an Elevator Pitch

As an arbitrator, I was always impressed with the experienced, short-spoken attorneys who made their point in a few seconds rather than the insecure young lawyers who spoke like they were paid by the word. When in Court, use the KISS method – keep it short stupid!

Appearance Matters

Appearance shouldn’t matter when it comes to parenting, but it does. The judge might have only 10 minutes or less to make a decision about your and your child’s future. The judge wants you in court so you can be visually observed, so how you look matters.

How do I Prepare for Court?

You researched the forms, the law, and the procedure, and you filed a Petition, or were served with one. Now its time to prepare for the conference, hearing, and/or trial. In preparing your case, ask yourself 3 questions:

1) What do I want the judge to order?
2) Why should the judge give it to me; and
3) How am I going to prove it.