Family law is a hugely important area of the judicial system with its many intricacies and involvement with personal cases that have far reaching effects on everyone concerned. It is vital that you know as much as you can about family law when facing a family law case. If you are in the middle of a divorce, a divorce lawyer will obviously be able to answer your questions and provide legal counsel and advice. But there are also separations, adoptions, foster care issues, and many other things covered by family law so there is a lot to know and a lot to learn. Take the time to read through this list of four important things to know about family law so that you will be better informed than you already are.
1. THE COURT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERPERSONAL ISSUES
Family law courts are a great asset to society because they mediate the sometimes messy legal problems that different families face. However, the court is not able to do everything you would perhaps like it to do. The court cannot – and will not – resolve the case to your satisfaction if that resolution would be against the law. And the court cannot make a person change their personality or attitude. Make sure you go into family court with a clear understanding of what the court can and cannot do for you – that way, you will be much more prepared and relaxed.
2. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE RIGHT PAPERWORK
It is essential to have every piece of paperwork you need for your foray into family court. Some of the papers you might have to have with you include a proof of service, complaint (or petition), fee waiver, motion, counterclaim, and order. There are many other papers you might need to bring as well. Ask your divorce lawyer (or whatever type of lawyer you have working on your case) to find out what documents are necessary.
3. MANNERS ARE ALWAYS ESSENTIAL IN A FAMILY COURTROOM (OR ANY COURTROOM FOR THAT MATTER)
Being on your best behavior while in family court is absolutely necessary. Maintain clear and direct eye contact with those to whom you are speaking. Make sure you refer to the judge as ‘Judge’ or ‘Your Honor’ whenever you speak to him or her. Remain quiet and respectful of court proceedings. Make sure your clothes are presentable, though you do not have to arrive dressed to the nines. Good manners go a long way toward enlisting sympathy from the jury and respect from everyone in the courtroom.
4. TAKE THE TIME – IF POSSIBLE – TO OBSERVE YOUR LOCAL FAMILY COURT IN ACTION
Preparation is an important part of any new venture and if you are set to appear in family court sometime soon, find out as much as you can about the court you’ll be visiting. No two courts are the same. If at all possible, sit in on a different family case and try to learn as much as possible about the way your particular court works. You won’t regret the extra time spent. You can find a lot of helpful online resources available at Matrimonial Home.