5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Court

By  Gary Vulg |   | Posted in " Asset Division, Child Custody, Child Maintenance, Divorce, Family Violence, Separation Agreement "

5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Court

For many family law matters including divorce, child custody, and child maintenance, it’s ideal if the case can be settled out of court. However, when all attempts at mediation and negotiation have failed, you may be left with no choice.

Going to court can be a stressful experience for everyone. It can take a toll, both physically and emotionally, for those facing a court case. Being prepared and knowing what to expect can make things easier. To help you get ready for court, the Law Office of Gary Vlug has compiled a list of tips to prepare you for your day(s) in the courtroom.

  1. Expect long court delays. As much as you want the whole ordeal to be over with quickly, it’s common for the court to be delayed and those in court to wait for extended periods. Be prepared to wait.
  2. Know the next probable steps before going to court. Discuss with your lawyer what the process will look like and how it will likely proceed. Adjusting your expectations beforehand can help reduce the shock of any next steps or court decisions.
  3. Seek document production and settlement before litigation. Before you choose to go to court, ensure you have all documents you may require. Having everything organized can help you seek closure through a settlement and avoid court altogether.
  4. Have a plan. What points do you want to prove, and what will you use to prove each of those points? Ensure you prepare a detailed plan with your lawyer to improve your chances of success.
  5. Try mediation or settlement first. Once you take the stand against someone they will never forgive you, so try to settle or mediate first. Settling is, in most cases, best for everyone involved by avoiding a long, arduous court battle.

If you’re looking for expert legal advice for a separation, divorce, child custody and maintenance, asset division, or the Hague Convention, Gary Vlug Barrister and Solicitor understands the difficult situation you may be facing. Serving Vancouver and Abbotsford, BC, we support and guide you through the legal process. With more than thirty years of experience, we work hard to come to a peaceful outcome for our clients. Click here to schedule your consultation.