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Do one's actions in divorce court play a role with the judge?

Maryland couples going through a divorce are likely questioning if how they present themselves in court can affect their case. As it turns out, how one acts in court can play a huge role in the judge's decision-making regarding asset separation, child custody and anything else related to divorce. There are a few things one can do to help their divorce proceedings run smoothly, with little disrupt.

A judge never wants to see someone show up late to a divorce hearing. Punctuality can show that one puts the divorce process first, and cares about time of the court staff and judge. One should strive to arrive about 20 minutes early, to anticipate for traffic or anything else that could make one late.

Mobile phones should be shut off in court. Vibrating noises coming from one of the divorcing parties may lead the judge to think the person has something better to do than be in the court room. One should always give their full attention and be present in what is going on in court. What happens in the courtroom will affect the divorcing couple for the rest of their lives, so it is always mindful to be aware of what is going on.

There will likely be bitter feelings in divorce court, but they should not be visible. Nasty comments and gestures should be avoided. Both parties should be respectful of the court staff, judge and each other. In divorce court, both parties get a chance to speak, so it is important to remember that instead of interrupting anyone -- especially the judge.

Divorce can be a difficult time with so many emotions flowing. Regardless of how difficult divorce proves to be for many Maryland couples, the goal should always be to end the divorce positively. Divorce should be approached smoothly and with little stress so that everyone can move on with their happy, new single lives.

Source: Huffington Post, How To Behave In Court: 9 Tips to a Successful Divorce, Daniel Clement, Nov. 14, 2013

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