Life Comes Down to a Few Moments Your Day in Court is One of Them
- You Rehearse the Important Days of Your Life
- You Invite Everyone to These Important Days
- Your Final Day in Court is a Very, Very, Serious Moment
- Plan for It and Treat It as Such
Eight Key Factors for a Winning Final Court Case
- Your Appearance and Conduct in and Around Court – You must dress for success, wear a suit if you are a guy, and be cordial to EVERYBODY you meet. Your court conduct begins and ends from your car.
- What Judges and Juries Look for in a Custodial Parent
- Kid-Centric Parents
- One who doesn’t speak ill of their Ex
- One who has the most time to raise the kids
- One who can be fair to co-parenting issues
- One who is stable
- Like a Dress Rehearsal, You Need to Know Where You’re Going
- Know Where to Park
- Know Where the Bathrooms Are
- Know Where to Meet Your Attorney
- Know Where to Meet Your Helpers
- Listen to Your Attorney’s Suggestions
- She Does this for a Living
- Bring 100% of What is Required
- Make Suggestions but Yield to Your Attorney
- Keep Notes During Trial
- Give Your Witnesses Written Instructions:
- Where to Park
- Where to Meet
- What to Bring
- Give Them an Overview of What They Will Testify Too, but Don’t Write it Down
- The Role of Your Evidence Puller Helper
- You Are Not Alone, You Can Have Helpers
- If You are Remarried, This Should Be Your Wife
- This Can Be Your Attorney’s Helper
- They Should Sit with You at Your Attorney’s Desk
- The Role of Your Witness Finder Helper
- Clipboard Friend Who is in Charge of Finding and Checking In All Your Witnesses
- Has a List of Cell Phone Numbers
- Needs to Know and Communicate with Your Attorney
- Keeps Track of Opposing Witnesses in the Hall
- The Role of Your Courtroom Thermometer Helper
- A Friend Who’s Job is to Only Sit and Watch Everything
- She Should Take Notes on Her Opinion of How the Case is Going
- Sits in the Back, Doesn’t Draw Attention to Themselves
- Have Lunch with Your Attorney & Helpers
- Let the Thermometer Helper Go First and Recap & Grade You
- Listen to the Thermometer Helper
- Make Changes to Your Witness List and Court Plan
- Listen to Your Attorney
- Practice Answering Questions with Your Attorney and Friends
- Allow Other to Critique You
- Role Play Cross-Examination
- Practice “Yes,” “No,” “I Don’t Know,” “Perhaps” and “Long Answers”
- Review Signals with Attorneys
- Update Your Plan
- Write It Out
- Make Copies
- Pass Out Contact Information to Your Helpers
- Make Yourself a Cheat Sheet
- Why You Want Custody
- Why Your Ex Should Not Have Custody
- Facts About Your Kids
- Get Some Rest
Resources & Links
- Showtime Begins & Ends in Court from Your Car
- Buy or Clean a Coat, Tie & Suit Prior to Court
- Court Conduct, You Never Know Who’s Watching
- Going to Court, Where Should You Park?
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Fred Campos, Top Geek, blogs about everything from House of Cards to Subway. In addition to blogging, he is a public speaker and humorist in child custody, social media, web development and parenting. He is married to one @SuperParentMom, and raising three world changers. For more details on his custody course visit, www.DaddyGotCustody.com/course. Like this post? Make sure you subscribe to this blog.