First impressions matter, especially in divorce court. Although how you behave and what you say will matter the most, how you dress will also be taken into consideration. You want the judge or magistrate to see you as someone who is mature, responsible, and credible. Showing proper respect for the courtroom will result in the courtroom staff respecting you.
The following are several tips on how to dress for your divorce court hearing:
- Wear something business casual – Since this is a formal occasion, you should dress in a dignified manner. For men, a suit and tie or a jacket with dress slacks is preferable. Women should wear a conservative dress, pantsuit, or a combination of a formal blouse and slacks. Avoid wearing anything too flashy or too revealing. Do not wear shirts, tank tops, shorts, and sandals to court.
- Wear the right colors – Both men and women should opt for dark-colored attire since it looks more professional. Avoid wearing bright or light colors since they are not viewed as formal. Remember, you shouldn’t dress to distract.
- Get a haircut – Schedule a haircut or hair appointment two weeks before your court appearance. If you have long hair, neatly tie it back. Make sure your hair doesn’t appear wet, messy, dirty, unnaturally dyed, or covered with a hat or hairnet.
- Have good hygiene – Although it may sound like common sense, make sure you take a shower before going to court. Do not forget to brush your teeth and use mouthwash. Men should either shave or trim their mustache/beard. Women should wear very conservative makeup. If you perspire a lot, make sure you wear deodorant and bring a handkerchief to wipe away your sweat.
- Avoid over accessorizing – Wearing too much jewelry can draw negative attention on yourself and make you appear pretentious. If you want to be taken seriously, wear less jewelry. Additionally, cover up any visible tattoos. While tattoos have become more acceptable in today’s society, they are still considered taboo in the courtroom.
Take the time to do everything right before you step into the courtroom. Speak with your lawyer if you have any questions about how to prepare for your day in court.