For most people, the only experience they have with court or testifying comes from what they have seen on TV.  They think it is smart to mimick “Franklin & Bash” or the drama on “Law & Order”.  But, leading with the theatrics can often annoy a judge hearing your case and end up doing more harm than good.  I always advise my clients to be calm and authentic and let the truth speak for itself.  While this may seem easier said then done, here are some tips to follow when testifying in a family law case to help you:

1. Be honest
2. Maintain eye contact with your attorney and/or the judge
3.  Listen carefully
4.  Manage your emotions
5.  Dress presentably 
6.  Don’t use negative body language or facial expressions
7.  If an attorney objects, stop talking and wait for the judge’s instruction
8.  If you don’t know, say you don’t know
9.  Use appropriate language
10.  Remain calm