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Tips for Testifying in Court During a Divorce Trial

If your divorce is heading to trial, you will likely need to testify in court. It is understandable to be nervous about this prospect, especially if you’ve never testified in court before.

Here are a few tips to help you get through the process as smoothly as possible.

  • Listen: You will have a hard time giving a good response to a question if you do not listen to it carefully first. Make sure you understand, and ask questions or ask for the attorney to repeat the question if you do not understand. Repeating the question in your head can also be a good way to help yourself focus.
  • Keep it simple: Make it a rule to keep your answers as short as possible. Do not elaborate when it’s not necessary to do so—only answer the exact question asked by the attorney. Volunteering information will only play into their hands.
  • Keep a steady temperament: Getting angry will reflect poorly on you and could hurt your case. Keeping calm and steady is the best way to ensure a successful testimony.
  • Tell the truth: Never lie when you’re giving testimony—lying under oath is a crime, and will also hurt your case. Even if the answer hurts you, you must tell the truth, and without justifications.
  • Be prepared for tricky questions: Attorneys may attempt to ask questions that wrongfully summarize facts, or that ask you to answer questions in two parts. Navigate these questions carefully and seek assistance from your attorney as needed.
  • Keep it boring: Do not attempt to inject character into your testimony. Stick to the facts and avoid any type of emotional embellishment.

For more tips to help you get through testifying in your divorce trial, contact an experienced Minnesota divorce attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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