Things to Keep in Mind During Your Florida Family Court Hearing
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Going before a judge in a Florida family law case for the first time can be both stressful and intimidating. Even for individuals who have been in court before, the idea of having a judge decide you fate is enough to make your palms sweat. That is why in today’s blog your South Florida family lawyers provide some things you should keep in mind during your appearance before a Miami-Dade County Family Law judge.
No matter what kind of case you are going before a judge for, there are some things that will make your courtroom experience a little easier. It does not matter if you have a lawyer or not, there are some basic rules that every courtroom follows in Dade County.
1) Arrive on time! First, when you are scheduled for a proceeding, make sure to arrive on time to the assigned courtroom. If a case is called and one of the parties is not present, the judge may give the other party what they are asking for by default. If neither party is present, the court may simply dismiss the matter entirely. Next, judges in FL appreciate a business-casual dress code from the parties. Hats must be removed prior to entering the courtroom. Eating and drinking are not allowed inside the courtroom either.
2) Don’t speak out of turn. Once the case beings, the judge will address one party at a time. It is important to only to speak when it is your turn to speak. The judges will not tolerate people talking over each other. Similarly, the judges will not tolerate the use of foul language. While these rules may seem like common sense to most people, it may be surprising to know that many cases have been interrupted due to improper courtroom behavior. If you are a party in a court proceeding, it is good advice to follow the courtroom rules. No one wants to make the judge who is deciding their future angry.
3) Let your lawyer do the talking. Lastly, if you have a lawyer, let the lawyer do most of the talking. There are situations in which it is appropriate for you to speak, but for the most part let your lawyer do the talking. You are paying them to be there with you so you should let them do their job. Lawyers not only know the law, they also know how each judge works and what things should or should not be said.
If you are facing a Florida family law case, you need to do your homework. Of course we feel that it is in your best interest to hire an experienced FL family lawyer to assist you with your case, but if you choose to do otherwise and represent yourself, make sure you are prepared if and when you have to go before a Miami-Dade County judge.
How We Can Help
If you, a friend or a family member find themselves in a situation such as this, please call the Law Office of Scott A. Ferris, P.A. at 305 670-3330 right away. Scott A. Ferris, Esq. is a licensed family law attorney who has been practicing law since 1987. He is available whenever you need him to pursue your rights. Please learn about our firm at www.FerrisLawFirm.com.