Normally, a divorce will require the parties to testify in court. Here are seven tips:
First, tell the truth. Especially tell the truth to your attorney during your preparatory meeting. While one may think the truth can be harmful, there is nothing more damaging than losing your credibility before the judge. You will probably be nervous, and to avoid mistakes, absolute truthfulness is required. That said, if a mistake has been made during testimony, discuss the mistake with your attorney and admit to the mistake.
Second, on cross examination give short answers. Make it a point to answer the questions directly, as longer answers can open the witness to more questions.
Third, listen to questions carefully. Allow the questioner to finish their queries before responding.
Fourth, make sure you understand the question and if you do not understand the question completely, you need to tell that to the questioner.
Fifth, Avoid volunteering anything. Being helpful may cause one to be presented with more questions.
Sixth, Do not argue with the opposing counsel. Personal attempts to prove the other counsel is wrong through debating with counsel would only lead to additional questions, and the particular effort is typically ineffective and unhelpful for the case.
Seventh, do not speak when someone else is speaking. Wait until the full question is posed before you begin to answer. Never interrupt the judge. If an objection is made, stop talking, and wait for the judge to rule, either “sustained” (in which case you don’t answer), or “overruled” (in which case you should answer. While the attorneys are arguing over the objection, try to keep in mind what the question is, so that you may answer if the objection is overruled.
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