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Tips on Conducting Yourself in Family Court

First impressions last. And in family court, impressions do happen to have some bearing on how your case goes. To help you out in your family court proceedings, it would be good to keep a few things in mind so as to make and maintain that good impression.

Look Presentable

When people look at you, the first thing that they’ll see would be the way you look. And the way you present yourself says tons about yourself. If you want to make a good impression and start off on the right foot, a really good way to do it would look presentable. Presentable in this case would mean coming in smart casual attire at the least. Aside from that, you’ll also have to look nice and clean. So, yes, that means washing up before showing up is a must. A nice and clean look always does a person well, more so in a court setting

Behave Accordingly

Aside from looking the part, you also obviously have to act the part. Though you may be in a courtroom setting handling what may be something that might even be a little stressful for you, it would be best to still maintain your composure. At all times, remember to keep a cool head and have some self-control. The way you act and react says a lot, so you have to be mindful of that. This goes from being polite to everyone around you, staying cool, calm, and collected, and just maintaining a very light and friendly disposition.

Be Prepared

So, you look the part and also act the part. What next? Though looking presentable and acting like a proper human being can help a lot and sort of show what kind of person you are, it might not help as much if you don’t know what you’re in court for in the first place. Prepare. Bring whatever necessary documents are needed. Review your case. Review any laws or details pertaining to your case that are of some relevance. Don’t just show up looking and acting nice, but completely clueless. Even that says something about you. If you have a court date and didn’t even bother to prepare for it, it already shows how unimportant it is to you.

If you have a family court appearance coming up and want to make the best impression you most possibly can just remember these three things. It says a lot about you and can do so much to help you through it.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at

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