Client’s often ask how to prepare for a custody trial, or other hearings. Evidence that may be relevant in a case comes in all forms. The most common form of evidence is, of course, verbal testimony given in court. However, text messages, emails, voicemails, pictures, videos and other documents may all be an important source of information to a Judge when making a decisions.
Presenting your attorney with thorough, organized, evidence that can be understood at glance will both save you money and help you achieve a better outcome in your case.
When preparing for a custody hearing, or any other trial, it is important to keep track of as much information as possible so that the Judge can have a full and complete understanding of your case. When keeping notes, remember to consider the custody factors your attorney has provided to you.
Try to keep your notes as concise, yet thorough, as possible. It is important to be keep your notes easily readable but also informative for two reasons; 1) your attorney will read through your notes to prepare your case and you will likely be billed for this time, and 2) the Judge may look at your notes and may not have the time read through small details. If the Judge or your attorney need more explanation for anything in your notes, they will ask.
Keep your notes organized and concise and you will likely save money and achieve a better outcome.