What are the best ways to get a family law judge to see your point of view in the courtroom?
J. Eric Higgins’ Answer:
The most important thing to have when you walk into a courtroom is credibility. The lawyer has to have credibility, and the client has to have credibility. The lawyer builds credibility over time with the judges, and with 50 years of combined trial experience, Brian and I have built a lot of credibility. The judges know that if we go into the courtroom and ask for something, it’s because we believe it’s justified in that case. If we make a representation to the court about what the facts are going to be, they know we’re going to have the witnesses or the documentation to back that up. If we tell the judge in our opening statement that we’re going to show that one of the parties has been siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars, I promise you we’re going to have the bank statements to prove that. We don’t make accusations without being able to back them up. Once you build that credibility with the court, it’s more likely that the judge is going to enter rulings at the end of a trial that are more consistent with what you want, because they know and trust your judgment and integrity.