Brooklyn, NY Divorce Attorney
Imagine you are preparing for divorce court. You may have a checklist of all the paperwork you need. Perhaps you have practiced answering questions dozens of times. Maybe you’ve even had a good cry or gone to yoga class or jogging, so you will feel relaxed and confident in front of the judge. These preparations are smart and necessary, but here is one more that you may not have thought of: choose your clothing wisely! To paraphrase the old saying, “clothes make the man or woman.” You may think that your outward appearance should have no bearing on your case, but the fact is, the way you decide to present yourself in court is very important. Showing up bedraggled, overly casual, or unshaven may be seen as proof that you are not taking the proceedings seriously, or that your state of mind is also disheveled. If you are claiming to be in need of alimony or claiming that you are unable to pay much child support, do not show up to court in head-to-toe designer clothes and expensive jewelry.
A good rule of thumb is to dress as though you are going to work in an office, i.e. business attire. Men should wear a suit and tie, or a nice shirt and slacks if a suit is not available. Always wear dress shoes, not sneakers. Avoid hats, sunglasses, excessive bling, and strong cologne. Women should wear a business suit, a nice dress, or a mid-length skirt and blouse. Again, dress shoes are appropriate, sneakers are not. Nothing you wear should be sexy or overly revealing. Avoid strong perfume, lots of jewelry, and bright nail polish. Hygiene matters, too, for men and women, so make sure your hair is neat and clean.
At the Brooklyn Law Offices of Mary Grace Condello, we want you to be prepared to meet your goal in divorce court. We’ll handle the legal details and answer your questions about courtroom attire, but it is up to you to use good judgment regarding your appearance so that you make a positive impression on the judge. Call our Brooklyn law office at (718) 758-5480 or toll free (888) 970-6279 to arrange a confidential consultation.