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Putting the best foot foward in a Mississippi divorce court

Sometimes, it is just not possible for a couple to negotiate their own divorce settlement. Under these circumstances, it will be necessary to go before a Mississippi judge in order to resolve the divorce issues. Putting the "best foot forward" could mean the difference between an individual getting what he or she wants or it being given to the other party.

The first thing to remember is that judges are people, too. Despite their obligation to be impartial and objective, it is nearly impossible for them to keep their feelings and personal observations out of the case. Therefore, it is important that individuals make a good impression from the start.

Be presentable and polite to everyone, including a soon-to-be ex-spouse. In a way, an individual has to "sell" him or herself to the judge, and dressing appropriately and being respectful will do a long way toward establishing credibility. Be careful not to tell the judge how to think or feel. There is a difference between presenting a case and being condescending. In addition, do not insult the judge's intelligence or make outlandish requests.

After spending enough time on the bench, a judge can usually read between the lines and see issues for what they really are. Going through the divorce process can be stressful and emotionally draining without an individual inadvertently sabotaging his or her case. Mississippi judges do their best to be impartial and have a difficult job, but remembering that they are human is essential to a successful court case.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Things Your Divorce Judge Wants to Tell You, But Doesn't", Jason Levoy, March 21, 2016

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