Maybe mediation failed, you have hired an experienced attorney, and now you are ready for the first divorce hearing. It can be a hearing for temporary alimony or temporary custody, or you skipped such hearings, and now you are facing a trial on support or custody. In any case, you must be nervous and unsure of what will happen. These tips will help you to stay calm during court trial or hearing.
How to be calm in court
This tip may appear to be silly, but a lot of people have a habit to hold their breath whenever they feel scared or nervous. The last thing to do is to pass out during the hearing or trial. Just breathe in through the nose and ought softly through the mouth. None will notice what you are doing, and this can help keep you calm and lower the blood pressure.
It is advisable to dress nicely but put on something that makes you feel comfortable. If you rarely put on a three-piece suit, the court hearing is not the place to give it a try. For women, a skirt and a blouse are just fine. On the other hand, men can try slacks and a shirt. Also, note that the courtroom can be hot or cold. Thus, you should put on a sweater or jacket, which you can take off if things get too hot.
Do not sweat for small stuff
It is quite difficult to listen to your ex-spouse saying stupid things about you, but you should maintain your composure. In fact, much of what he or she is saying is going to make a huge difference to the magistrate or judge.
Drink plenty of water
You need to stay hydrated particularly if you are scared or nervous. Usually, the court can put cups and water on the table. However, if they are not placed, ensure you get some during the break. There is nothing wrong carrying a healthy snack like the granola bar to eat during the break if you do not have adequate time for a good lunch. In fact, a day in court is likely to be quite exhausting. Fueling the body will make it much easier for you.
Before getting into the courtroom, consult your attorney on what is likely to happen and what you should do. Sometimes the attorneys can forget some fine details.