Whether there for a divorce hearing or to handle a custody agreement, family court is a charged and emotional situation for everyone involved. It makes sense: in that room, a decision will likely be made that will drastically change the course of your life. In order to keep the process as stress-free as possible, there are some very basic things that parents should never do. We spoke to Christopher X. Maher, a family law attorney who has been practicing in Putnam County for more than 30 years, to get a rundown of the major courtroom errors you should avoid.
Losing Your Cool
Emotions run high in family court, but Maher advises to never let them boil over. The eyes of the court are on you and even the smallest blowup can have long-lasting implications. “It’s always a difficult situation because it’s most of the time a male and a female who started out in a relation where they cared for or even loved each other and it has devolved to what it is now in court, which is the ash heap of that relationship,” he says. “and there’s generally a child, or children involved. Maher adds that you generally see people get very volatile, and very flamboyant, getting their angst and their anger going, which is why court officers are so quick to react in family court. “Things can go very, very wrong, very very quickly.”
Posting Inappropriate Content on Social Media
When you’re dealing with a family court proceeding, your every move is being scrutinized, even when you’re not in the courtroom. And that means that anything you do that’s even remotely out of line can come back to haunt you — especially on social media. “It amazes and appalls me at the things that people put on social media,”…