When you filed your divorce, you thought you and your spouse would be able to agree upon everything, and you would get a divorce as soon as the minimum waiting period passed. Of course, one of the reasons you wanted a divorce is that your spouse is a very uncooperative person. And of course, once you started the divorce, your spouse showed his or her uncooperative nature again and has refused to settle anything.
You receive a call from your attorney advising you that the case is set for trial on a certain date. All of a sudden, you are facing the prospect of having to actually testify about the peculiar facts of your case. Of course, you know that the Judge will administer an oath to you along the lines of “do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?” You also know it is perjury to go into court and lie. You would not do that. However, you have never testified before in court. You do not have any idea what to expect. Here are some practical tips for testifying in court:
If you live in a city that has a number of different courts, I strongly suggest that you take a day off, go to the courthouse, and watch several trials. But don’t go before the judge that you will actually be appearing before in your own case. Instead, watch a criminal case, a personal injury case, probate case, etc., or watch a divorce case in another court.
You cannot remake the facts of your case. However, by diligent preparation before you go to trial, you will enhance the probability that the court will look favorably upon the facts of your case.
John K. Grubb practices family law in Houston. He has a BBA, MBA, and a JD Degree. John K. Grubb focuses a significant part of his family law practice on helping couples create premarital and prenuptial agreements in Texas.