Tips on Giving In-Court Testimony in Your Divorce or Child Custody Case, Part Three

In the last two days, our website has showcased blogs providing valuable insights and tips for individuals preparing to testify in a divorc3 or family law case. While we acknowledge that these posts can’t cover every aspect of courtroom testimony, we believe the topics we’ve covered thus far are highly relevant and beneficial to those navigating such cases.

Words to Steer Clear of When Responding in Court

In the realm of courtroom testimony, certain words like “always,” “every,” and “never” can have significant consequences. These absolutes can leave little room for flexibility, making it challenging to maintain credibility if your testimony is contradicted by another witness. To present yourself effectively, it’s essential to be truthful while allowing for some degree of flexibility in your responses.

What to Bring (or Not Bring) to the Witness Stand

When called to testify, it’s crucial to adhere to your attorney’s guidance regarding what to bring with you. In short, only bring items that your attorney has specifically instructed you to bring. Bringing documents, notes, or other materials without prior discussion can lead to their admission as formal evidence if the opposing counsel chooses to introduce them. Therefore, it’s best to limit what you bring and discuss it with your attorney in advance.

Responding to Document-Based Questions

When your attorney hands you a document and asks you to identify it, respond promptly if you are familiar with it. However, if the opposing attorney presents a document and asks for identification, examine the document carefully before responding. If it is unfamiliar or appears altered from a prior version, it’s advisable to testify negatively. This approach helps maintain your credibility and prevents you from providing inaccurate information.

Conducting Yourself While the Judge Delivers a Verdict

After both parties have presented their cases, the judge will render a verdict. Typically, the judge leaves the courtroom to review the information and make rulings. This interlude provides an opportunity to relax following a likely tense and stressful experience. It’s important to note that this period can vary in duration.

When the judge is ready to deliver the ruling, you, your attorney, the opposing party, and their attorney will return to the courtroom to hear the decision. During this reading, it is of utmost importance to remain composed, as it can be lengthy.

Observing Courtroom Etiquette

It’s essential to refrain from any disruptive behavior, including making comments or acting out of turn while the judge is speaking. Such behavior is not only considered inappropriate for adults but can also result in penalties, including potential incarceration if deemed serious enough by the judge. If you have questions or concerns, jot them down and discuss them with your attorney after the judge concludes the reading of the decision.

Impressing the Judge in Temporary Orders Hearings

In cases involving temporary orders hearings, remember that you may return to the judge’s courtroom for a trial at the conclusion of your family law case. With this in mind, it’s wise to leave a positive impression by showing respect for the court, its staff, and the other party involved in your case. This can go a long way in influencing the judge’s perception of you.


We’re grateful for the chance to provide insights on responding to questions in contested hearings or trials. If you have additional inquiries about court procedures or conduct, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC. We’re here to help with any divorce or family law-related concerns, and our family law attorneys offer free consultations. Just give us a call to begin.


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