While dress codes generally aren’t as strict as they used to be, if you’re going to court during your divorce, how you dress may make a substantial difference in the outcome. For example, if you’re seeking spousal support, coming to court in a designer dress with an expensive handbag might not be the right way to convince the judge of your financial need.
Remember that everyone is influenced by other people’s appearance, even if it’s subconscious. After all, how someone looks is the first thing you’ll notice. That’s why these tips are important for you to follow.
It’s usually best to wear:
- A collared shirt, tucked in, with a tie. A jacket is not always necessary, but it is a nice touch.
- Pants worn at the waist, not sagging
- A belt, if the pants have belt loops
- Dress shoes with socks
Men should also have tidy hair, both on their heads and faces.
Women have a few more options. Some good ideas for courtroom attire include:
- A knee-length dress, skirt or pants
- A blouse, casual dress shirt or sweater
- Shoes that cover the toes, with or without heels. Dress shoes are appropriate.
Women’s hair can be worn up or down, just so long as it is neat.
Overall, you don’t want to stand out too much in court. You want to look professional and put-together. By looking respectful, you show that you are respectful of the court and the proceedings. Your attorney will take time with you to talk about what you should wear and what other rules you should follow in court.