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Your actions and appearance matter in family law court

Child custody can be a complicated matter, but with the right help, it's possible to resolve any disputes or issues you're struggling with and move forward.

If you have to go to family law court over a custody issue, then you should know what to expect. Of course, your attorney will talk to you about the expectations you have and what might happen.

How should you dress in family court?

The first thing to discuss is what you should wear in family court. You need to dress appropriately. Women are advised to wear suits, dresses, slacks or skirts that are not too tight or revealing. Men are asked to wear suits, pants with shirts that have collars or other business attire. Remember, how you appear can influence your case.

Be careful of how you act in court, too

The way you act can play a role in a judge's decision for your case. If you're aggressive, interrupt the other parent or are not being respectful, those actions will hurt your case. On the other hand, if you act appropriately, it can help you make a great impression on the judge.

Remember, it's necessary to turn off the sound on cellphones and avoid chewing gum in a courtroom. Also, remember to address the judge correctly, either as Sir, Ma'am or Your Honor, to make sure you're showing respect.

Your attorney will talk to you more about appropriate courtroom behavior since it can affect your child custody case and how the judge perceives you as a parent.

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