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Child custody: What should you wear to court?

If you work outside the home, you no doubt have to think ahead to decide what to wear to the workplace every day, unless, of course, you wear a uniform. While most people have a unique fashion sense, certain clothing may not be appropriate in certain situations. For instance, what you wear to court for child custody proceedings matters.

Dress for success for child custody litigation

There may be only basic rules about what you can or can’t wear when you’re going to. However, your appearance and clothing style may undoubtedly have an impact on the impression you make to the judge in family law proceedings. If winning a custody case is your goal, then you’ll want to make a good impression.

It’s helpful to think of court proceedings as a business meeting. You are going to court to present your side of the case in the hope that the judge will rule in your favor. If you want the court to rule that it’s in your children’s best interest to live with you on a permanent basis, you need to convince the court that you will properly provide for their needs. If you show up looking disheveled or with hair that appears dirty or unkept, it’s might not make a good impression on the judge.

Appearance in court is about more than just clothing

In addition to making careful clothing choices when entering a courtroom for child custody litigation, parents also want make sure their cosmetic, accessory and hairstyle choices are appropriate for the occasion as well. What you wear to court may affect the ultimate outcome of your case. The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C. provide strong support for Michigan parents who are preparing for child custody proceedings.