People don’t go to court every day. That’s a good thing.
Going to court is a lot like going to the dentist; you go only when you have to or if something is wrong. It’s not on your weekly list of places to go like the supermarket.
Courthouses are typically imposing structures, with pillars and marble. You have to pass through metal detectors and there are armed officers all around.
If you don’t have an attorney, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious about going to court for a hearing, or trial.
On top of all that, you have to deal with a judge! This person who wears a black robe and sits higher than everyone else. And, they get a gavel! Where do you get one of those anyways? Guess they give them out when you become a judge.
How the judge feels about you and your case means everything. If they like you, you are more likely to get a favorable result. If they don’t like you…not so favorable. How can this be you ask? Aren’t judges supposed to follow the law?
Yes, but the law often leaves enough “wiggle room” where a judge can rationalize, legally, many different ways to decide a case. So, if the judge wants to rule one way, often times it’s not that hard for them to support that ruling with their interpretation of the law. If a judge is just blatant and disregards the evidence or the law, they can be overturned on appeal, but that process will be left for another article.
To learn more about how to get your divorce judge to listen to you, read THIS ARTICLE that was featured in the Huffington Post.
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