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Preparing to appear in family court for divorce hearing

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | DIVORCE - Divorce |

Appearing in family court in Alaska can be stressful, especially for those who aren’t familiar with how a court hearing or trial works. Divorce hearings and trials can be difficult because the results will determine how one moves on after a divorce, especially when it comes to financial matters. By knowing more about how to dress for court, and how to act when inside the courtroom, one can prepare themselves for facing a family court judge.  

Preparing for court 

Before going to the courthouse, be aware of the parking rules and leave with plenty of time to park and walk to the courtroom before the assigned time. It’s important to dress properly for a hearing or trial. This means wearing conservative clothing that is clean and presentable. Shorts, low-cut tops, and t-shirts are not proper court attire. While one doesn’t have to buy new clothing before appearing in court, it’s best to choose a well-fitting outfit that doesn’t draw negative attention to oneself.  

Certain behaviors like chewing gum, eating, texting, and listening to headphones are not allowed in court. Anything that could be distracting is frowned upon during a trial or hearing. It’s important to be courteous during proceedings and to not speak out of turn. While emotions can understandably be high during this time, it’s best to work through those emotions once the hearing or trial is over.  

Legal assistance 

An attorney can help one prepare for court by providing guidance on what documents to bring to court and how best to negotiate divorce terms. During this difficult time, it’s helpful for Alaskans to have someone on their side who understands the state’s divorce laws. While appearing in court can be stressful, it’s often the step needed to get the divorce complete so one can move on with one’s life.