November 24, 2017

How to Prepare for Your Colorado Family Law Hearing

One of the most important parts of your Colorado divorce or child custody case is the actual hearing. The Colorado final orders hearing is the last hearing in your family law matter where the judge will make final decisions or orders about your case. The court will issue decisions related to parenting time, decision making, child support, spousal maintenance and division of property depending on the type of family law case. The actual hearing can be stressful because of the importance of what the court will decide on your case. By properly preparing and understanding the aspects of the final orders hearing, you can help reduce a majority of stress and unknowns in your family law case.

Choosing A Witness

Deciding who to call as a witness in your Colorado Springs family law case is an important decision. When choosing a witness, it is important that you weigh how much value the specific witness will add to your case. For example, if you call one of your parents as a witness to say that you are a good Mother or Father, the weight of their particular testimony is low as they are expected to say their own child is a good parent. However, friends that watch you parent or school teachers that know your children can have more impact as they can express personal observations about your parenting time.

Preparing Your Witness

One of the most important parts of your case is actually sitting down and preparing your witness for your El Paso County family law hearing. I recommend writing down the questions you are going to ask your witness. By writing down your questions, you avoid going off on tangents during your questioning of the witness and you stay on point and focused on the specific issues you need to address. Generally, the preparation session can help the witness ask questions and settle any nerves they may have during the actual hearing. Due to the time allowed at your family law hearing, it is important to keep your focused on the questions at hand and to not allow them the opportunity to go off on tangents.

Preparing Your Exhibits

If you have document evidence to present at your divorce or child custody hearing, you need to have it prepared for the court. If you are the Petitioner in your case, your exhibits will be marked with numbers (Exhibit 1) and if you are the Respondent in your case, your exhibits will be marked with letters (Exhibit A). Also, make sure you make four copies of your exhibits for the family law hearing: one copy for you, one copy for the opposing side, one copy for the witness and one copy for the judge or court.

Tips for Your Day in Court

It is important to make sure you know what you are going to wear for your day in court. I also recommend mapping out how long it will take for you to get from your house to the courthouse. Additionally, if you have not been in front of the judge assigned to your case, do a little bit of homework and look him or her up. In the Colorado Fourth Judicial District, the judges in both El Paso County and Teller County have biography pages where you can find out information about them.

If you are in the process of preparing for your Colorado final orders hearing, reach out to one of the family law lawyers at Springs Law Group or call us at (719) 299-5777 for an initial consultation. The Colorado Springs family law attorneys at Springs Law Group are her to help you with all of your family law needs.

Christopher Nicolaysen is a Family law Attorney who practices in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated from Denver Sturm College of Law, and has been practicing law for several years now. Christopher Nicolaysen is passionate about helping you solve your family matters. Learn more about his experience here.

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