Your solicitor or legal advisor is there to offer guidance and advice in the time leading up to your court hearing and on the day. They will inform you what documents you need to bring with you and advise you on your case as a whole.
There are, however, a few practical pieces of advice that can help to ease some of the stress-induced by the case. In our latest post, we discuss a few practical tips to help you feel prepared for your family court hearing.
Make Arrangements for Dependents
Before you even begin making your way to court, you should have child-care arrangements in place for any dependents. It is not advised to bring your children to court with you for many reasons: Looking after your child could mean you become distracted in court; the stress of the case may upset your child.
Knowing your child is being looked after by someone you trust will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on the case at hand.
Getting to Court
You should have a court letter which details the time you will be required to arrive at court: Some courts will advise you to arrive 30 minutes or even an hour prior to your hearing time. The extra time will allow you to go through security, find where you need to be and do any last-minute preparations that you need to do in order to make sure you are fully prepared for the case.
Safety at The Court
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you may ask the court to put special safeguarding measures in place. There are various measures that may be put in place:
A screen may be put between you and the other party
You may wait in separate waiting areas
Attending via a video link may be allowed in exceptional circumstances