Top Ten Things You Should Never Say to a Divorce Judge
Toronto, ON – Life can be stranger than fiction — and so can divorce court.
“Most divorce cases settle out of court these days,” says Dan Couvrette, Publisher and CEO of Divorce Magazine and www.DivorceMag.com. “But when a case does go to trial, it can be very intimidating. Few people have ever appeared before a judge, and the urge to speak out can be almost irresistible.” If you find yourself starting to lose it, do whatever it takes to silence yourself, he advises: “Let your lawyer advocate for you instead. That’s their job.”
To mark our 10th anniversary, we recently published a Top Ten List of Things You Should Never Say to a Divorce Judge. Based on real remarks heard in divorce court, the list was compiled and written by Stacy D. Phillips, a California-based Certified Family Law Specialist, author, and Divorce Magazine editorial contributor. “Whatever you do, never, ever say any of the things she lists below to a divorce judge,” stresses Couvrette.
Here they are… the *Top Ten Things You Should Never Say to a Divorce Judge
10. “So she gets the gold and I get the shaft?”
9. “I don’t think you would have ruled that way if I’d been a guy (gal).”
8. “I’m really not comfortable raising my right hand and repeating after anyone.”
7. “I’m not hiding my income, so help me God.”
6. “Why are you picking on me?”
5. “No court is going to tell me what to do!”
4. “You’ll have to wait a minute. My cell phone’s ringing.”
3. “I don’t have time for this.”
2. “You’re the one who should have a psych eval.”
1. “With all due respect, Your Honor, have you ever been through a divorce?”
Since 1996, Divorce Magazine and DivorceMagazine.com have proudly produced the industry’s only divorce magazine and Google’s top-ranked divorce web site. Developed to inform, educate, and support divorcing people with divorce-related articles, news, exclusive interviews, and helpful resources, the web site and magazine are regionalized to serve divorcing people in their own areas. The magazine offers six local editions throughout North America, while surfers can choose any U.S. state or Canadian province to learn more about the divorce process and resources available in their area.
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* Excerpted from the book Divorce: It’s All About Control, How to Win the Emotional, Psychological, and Legal Wars by Stacy D. Phillips, copyright 2005, ExecuProv Press.