Tips for Preparing for Your Divorce Trial
Not all divorces go to trial. However, in those that do, it is important you are properly prepared for everything that could happen in the courtroom.
While every divorce has its own set of issues and circumstances to take into consideration, there are still certain steps everyone going to trial for their divorce can take to better prepare themselves. Your attorney can work with you to simplify this process and ensure you set yourself up for success in court.
Below are a few tips to prepare you for your divorce trial:
- Know what evidence to gather: Collect all the evidence you need to support your claims. This evidence includes verified income information for both you and your spouse, financial statements, tax returns, property and asset information, child’s school and medical records and anything else that you think could support your case.
- Develop a strategy for presenting evidence: Strategy development is mostly your attorney’s responsibility, but it’s a good idea for you to be looped in, too. There are many different ways to present evidence. You have to figure out what is best left up to your testimony, what witnesses can say on your behalf and what types of physical evidence make sense to be presented in court. Make sure any evidence you submit is completely accurate and up to date.
- Organize your list of exhibits: You will be required to submit your witness and exhibit lists to the court. Make sure these lists are extremely well-organized and include every single document you intend to use at trial — or have your witnesses review. Make sure all exhibits are properly marked for courtroom purposes, as well.
For more information about preparing for a divorce trial, contact a trusted Long Island divorce lawyer at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.