While there’s never a dull moment in Family Court and emotions are always bubbling over, there are certain things that you should never do inside those four walls.
Don’t let your emotions get the better of you. Follow your attorney’s lead and only answer specific questions that are asked of you whether it be from opposing counsel during a 4-way conference or from the judge. Don’t let your emotions take over and start rambling or telling stories that you may feel are important. This is something to be done between you and your attorney in a private conversation and not in front of the opposing side and especially not in front of the judge. When we let our emotions get the best of us we often say things without thinking and when this happens in a family court it can have dire consequences such as you losing out on parenting or visitation times with your children.
Another important thing to remember to never do is to never ever raise your voice to the judge or become physically hostile. Remember there is a bailiff in every court room and there are 5 floors in the Providence court room, meaning there are a lot of people in that court house with training on how to deal with a hostile situation. Not only could a physical outburst have legal charges it is bound to complicate whatever family law case you were there for in the first place.
So remember always follow your attorney’s lead, don’t let your emotions get the best of you and never ever become physical.