PREPARING FOR YOUR FAMILY COURT HEARING
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Tips and Reminders for Your Hearing Day
What Happens Before a Court Hearing?
What Happens at a Court Hearing?
What is an Opening Statement?
Who Makes the First Opening Statement?
Do I have to Make an Opening Statement?
When May I Talk at a Hearing and How Do I Tell My Side of the Story?
Before Anyone May tell the Court Information He/She Must Swear to Tell the Truth
What if I Do Not Remember Something While I am Telling the Judicial Officer My Side of the Story?
Will the Judicial Officer Listen to Everything I Want to Say or Look at Everything I Want to Show?
How Do I Go About Showing the Court Something Such as a Paper?
When I Finish Telling My Side of the Story, May I Go Back to My Seat?
May I Have Other People Tell Things to the Court?
If I Want the Court to Look at a Paper or a Photograph, How Many Copies of the Paper or How Many Original Photographs Must I Bring to the Hearing?
What Happens When I am FInished Asking the Person Questions?
What Do I Do if I Want More Than One Person to Talk To the Court?
What Do I Do after I Have Had Everyone Speak that I Want to Speak at the Hearing?
What Do I Do When the Other Side or a Different Party Gets to Tell His/Her Side of the Story?
What Do I Do if I Do Not Agree with What the Other Side is Saying?
What Happens if the Other Side or Another Party Has Other People to Help Prove His/Her Case?
What is a Closing Argument?
The Court's Decision
Court Procedure Flowchart
Telling Your Side of the Story
Other People giving Information to the Court (Witness Testimony)