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Child custody and courtroom attire: Appearance matters

On Behalf of | Nov 24, 2020 | child custody |

Entering a Minnesota courtroom for litigation can be a highly stressful experience. A parent who is preparing for a child custody case will want to pay close attention to the clothing choices he or she makes when heading to court. A parent’s physical appearance will undoubtedly make an impression on the judge overseeing the case, and if a parent hopes to obtain a favorable ruling, he or she will want to make as good an impression as possible.

There are certain types of clothing that are best to avoid when the goal is to convince a judge that children would be better off living with one parent over the other. Ripped jeans or shirts with holes in them would likely be counterproductive to the goal. Clothing worn in a courtroom should be neat and clean, not worn, stained or tattered.

A parent hoping to win a child custody case increases the chances of making a good impression appearance-wise if he or she chooses business-style clothing that is casual and conservative. Plunging necklines should be avoided as should open-toed shoes and stiletto heels or pants worn below the waistline. A parent will want to choose clothing that helps show the court that he or she understands the seriousness of the situation and is prepared and capable to provide for his or her children’s needs.

If a Minnesota parent walks into a courtroom unshaven or wearing clothing that causes distraction, it might reduce the chances that the judge will rule in his or her favor. A parent can also visit the court’s website to see if there is any information regarding a dress code. It is also helpful to discuss such issues ahead of time with an experienced family law attorney who can make recommendations as to what type of courtroom attire is likely to make the best impression on a judge in a child custody case.