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Dress right if you want to win a child custody case

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2024 | Divorce

If you’re going to court to settle issues pertaining to your children in a Kansas divorce, preparation is a key factor. If you and your ex are on opposing sides, you’ll want to try your best to make a positive impression in court. A judge overseeing a child custody battle is going to make decisions to protect children’s interests. If the judge thinks a parent is unfit or is just not taking proceedings seriously, the chances are slim to none that the court will rule in his or her favor.

Your appearance creates an immediate impression on a judge. If you do not choose your attire with that in mind, it might backfire in court. What you wear and how you act will influence the court’s decisions. There are several options that constitute good choices for courtroom attire and others that you’ll want to avoid like the plague.

Avoid these clothing blunders in a child custody case

When you’re choosing attire for the courtroom, do your best to avoid all items included in the following list:

  • Open-toed shoes
  • Blue jeans, especially with holes or rips
  • Sleeveless tops
  • Tight clothing or overly baggy clothing
  • Plunging necklines and short hemlines
  • Stiletto heels
  • T-shirts with images or text
  • Tennis shoes
  • Pajamas
  • Hats

Some items, like hats or clothing that expose private areas of the body, may be enough to get you expelled from the courtroom. This, of course, would not help your chances of winning a child custody case.

Choose this type of attire instead

It’s wise to check the court’s website to see if there’s a dress code posted. However, the types of clothing shown here are typically acceptable choices for child custody proceedings:

  • Dress shoes with low heels
  • For men, long-sleeved, collared, button-down shirt and tie, or a suit
  • Dress slacks
  • For women, dress or skirt at or below knee-length
  • Business casual styles
  • Neutral, solid colors like navy, black, gray or beige

Neon colors or vibrant patterns are not appropriate for the courtroom. Just as you would want to exude confidence and capability at an important job interview, this is the same type of impression you want to make in court when you are requesting child custody.

If you’re unsure, seek additional support

Leave out the guesswork if you’re not sure about what to wear to child custody proceedings. It’s better to seek guidance from someone in the know than to assume that you have chosen well. Also, keep in mind that hair should be well-groomed, and cosmetics and accessories kept to a minimum.

In addition to proper attire, it is important to conduct yourself in a respectful manner during child custody proceedings. Learn how to address the judge, as well as the importance of other issues, such as being on time and avoiding outbursts. Proper dress and appropriate conduct will boost your chances of winning your case.