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Q & A: I’m afraid I can’t make it through court without having an emotional breakdown. How do I prepare?

Any hearing or trial can be highly emotional. You will need to draw on your support network. Additionally, some of these ideas may help you through the process:

  • Meet with your lawyer before your court date, so she can prepare you for court.
  • Ask your lawyer whether there are any documents you should review in preparation for court, such as your deposition.
  • Visit the courtroom in advance to get comfortable with the surroundings.
  • Ask your lawyer about having a support person with you on your court date.
  • Ask yourself what is the worst thing that could happen, and consider the options you would have if it did.

Coping with Stress during the Divorce Process

  • Avoid alcohol, eat healthfully, exercise, and have plenty of rest during the time leading up to the court date. Each of these steps will help you to prepare for the emotions of the day.
  • Plan what you intend to wear in advance. Small preparations will lower your stress.
  • Visualize the experience going well. Picture yourself sitting in the witness chair, giving clear, confident, and truthful answers to easy questions.
  • Arrive early in the courthouse, and if you are unfamiliar with the area, establish a plan for parking your car.
  • Take slow, deep breaths. Breathing deeply will steady your voice, calm your nerves, and improve your focus.

Your attorney will be prepared to support you throughout the proceedings. By taking the above steps, you can increase the ease of your experience.

Questions about the divorce process or how an attorney can help you? Call Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., at 415.834.1120.

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