Once you’ve worked out the arrangements of your divorce settlement, it’s time to move forward with the proceedings. Your legal counsel will take care of most of the work, but it’s still important you show up prepared. A bit of advanced planning can speed up and smooth out the process.
Bring your paperwork. Finalizing a divorce settlement requires both parties to agree on and sign specific paperwork. Bring all your financial records with you to court, including your bank information, property data, and list of debts. This way, if the judge asks any questions, you’ll be able to answer them quickly and accurately.
Dress accordingly. You don’t need to wear a three-piece suit to court, but you should dress like a professional. Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed, and avoid wearing shorts or t-shirts. You’ll also want to leave any flashy jewelry or hats at home.
Arrive on time. You wouldn’t show up late to work or a job interview, and you shouldn’t show up late to court either. On the morning of your court date, wake up earlier than you typically would. Set out your clothes in advance and map out a route to the courthouse. Planning ahead will save you time and help you avoid pitfalls, like traffic.