Tips For Appearing in Court

10 Tips for a Successful Day in Family Court

Preparing for a day in family court can be stressful. Understanding the court process and knowing what to expect can significantly reduce your anxiety and help you present your best case. The following tips, provided by Rudisel Law Firm, are designed to guide you through your court day with the utmost preparedness.

1. Arrive Downtown Early

Arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled time to accommodate parking challenges and security checks at the courthouse. Minimizing the number of items you carry, such as loose change, watches, and jewelry, can expedite your passage through security, making your entry smoother and less stressful.

2. Expect to Stay All Day

Court proceedings can be lengthy and unpredictable. Prepare to be in court for the entire day, as the schedule is not within our control. It’s prudent to inform your workplace of your court date to avoid any employment conflicts.

3. Leave Children at Home

Children are typically not allowed in the courtroom, and their presence may complicate proceedings. Arrange for childcare in advance to ensure your focus remains on legal matters without distractions.

4. Avoid Bringing Significant Others

Having significant others in court can introduce additional stress and complicate negotiations. It’s best to come alone or with a support person who is not directly involved in the case.

5. Maintain Silence in the Courtroom

Once inside the courtroom, refrain from talking. If you need to communicate, step outside to ensure that proceedings are not disrupted.

6. Turn Off Your Phone

To avoid interruptions, turn off your mobile phone before entering the courtroom. The court can confiscate a ringing phone, and it reflects poorly on your courtroom etiquette.

7. Be Patient While Waiting for Your Attorney

Your attorney might be handling multiple cases in different courtrooms. If your lawyer is not present when your case is called, the court will be informed, and proceedings for your case will be paused until your representation arrives.

8. Do Not Engage in Litigation Yourself

Avoid discussing your case directly with the opposing party or their attorney. If approached, politely defer any conversation to your attorney. Engaging directly can undermine your legal strategy and negatively impact the outcome of your case.

9. Plan for Meals

Both courthouses have food facilities in their basements. Since not all cafeterias accept credit cards, bringing cash is advisable. Planning your meals will help you stay energized and focused throughout the day.

10. Conduct Yourself Properly During Hearings

In the courtroom, remain calm and only speak when directed by the judge. Avoid confrontations with your spouse or other witnesses. Judges are experienced in detecting dishonesty and appreciate decorum and straightforward answers.


Following these tips from Rudisel Law Firm will help ensure that your time in court is as effective and stress-free as possible. Remember, the goal is to present your case in the most favorable light, and being well-prepared can significantly influence the outcome.