One of the most overwhelming and frightening experiences you will encounter in your
family law case is testifying in court. Whether your part of particular party or
testifying as a witness, when your name is called to the stand, having
the right courtroom decorum can significantly determine the outcome of the case.
The following are things you should do when you find yourself in the middle
of a family case:
Wear formal clothing. Dress in what you would wear to church or a wedding ceremony. Having that
formal look commands respect from the judge and those in attendance.
Always tell the truth. Once you are placed under oath, declaring any lies results in perjury.
Make sure you prepare your answers beforehand with your lawyer.
Don’t feel compelled to answer any questions you don’t know. It is fine to say, “I don’t know,” especially when it
comes to names, dates, and number of occurrences.
Maintain eye contact with your lawyer. When you look at your lawyer, he/she may be able to gauge whether you
are saying more than expected or not enough to state your claim.
Limit the noises you make. Sighing, thinking out loud, or saying, “Um” can be detrimental
to your testimony. Make sure you speak clearly and articulately when answering
Let your lawyer know that you need a break. We understand that family court can be an emotional and difficult situation
for all parties involved. Provide a signal for your lawyer before your
appearance in court so that you can inform him non-verbally if you need
a break, you are tired, or need to use a restroom.
Listen carefully. Only answer questions that are asked. Refrain from going on a verbal tangent
about unnecessary details.
Maintain your emotions. While it is acceptable to cry, yelling, back talking the judge, or being
irrational can break your case.
Contact the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny and schedule a
consultation with our Houston family law attorney today.