Regardless of whether you have been married for 5 years or 15 years, going through a divorce can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience. You're going through a whirlwind of emotions just trying to get everything figured out and make sense of it all. The person you thought you were going to spend the rest of your life with no longer feels the same way and you are left to pick up the pieces. Even though you are probably mad about the whole thing, you don't want to do something that is going to reflect negatively on you as an individual. Avoid making one of the mistakes below when dealing with your divorce case.
Failing to show up to court when scheduled.
During the course of your divorce case, there are going to be certain times that you have to show up to court. Not going could end up costing you. Your ex will have full say at the hearing and no one will be there to dispute their claims or demands. By going, you get the chance to state your case and why you feel that certain things should be yours or why parenting time should be divided a certain way. All of these things are important and require your attention to make sure things are handled properly and fairly.
Ignoring the temporary order of the court.
If the court tells you that you aren't to have the kids past 9pm on Saturday, you better make sure the kids are back with the other parent on time. Being late could end up looking bad on you in court, even though you are just wanting to spend extra time with the kids. You have to go about things the right way and prove that you are a responsible and trustworthy adult in the case.
Attacking your ex in public or in front of the children.
While you might be upset about the situation and what's going on, you need to refrain from making a fool of yourself in the courtroom or in front of the children. This isn't the time or the place for these types of matters. Answer the questions asked of you in court and leave it at that. Don't allow your emotions to cloud your judgment and make you out to be the bad guy in the relationship.
By not making one of the mistakes above, you can get through your divorce case in a calm and orderly fashion. For further assistance, contact a divorce lawyer from a firm like Grenadier, Starace, Duffett & Keisler, PC.