It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll have to testify at some point in your divorce proceedings.
Most often, this occurs at your final court date, or “prove up.” During this court date, both you and your significant other will stand before the judge and testify to certain facts in your Judgment and Marital Settlement Agreement. Your attorney will ask you questions and, in most instances, you’ll answer either “yes” or “no.”
You may also be required to testify during discovery at a meeting called a deposition or before the judge if there is a hearing in your case on an issue during the divorce proceedings, such as child support or maintenance.
The issue with testifying isn’t that it’s difficult. In fact, the only problem is that most individuals don’t know how to testify because what they know comes from television or other, unrealistic sources.
Read on to learn what testifying in court actually requires and 5 tips to help you relax when it’s your turn to step up to the bench!