When you are summoned—or the one that did the summoning—to go to
divorce court, you want to make a good first impression. You want the judge to
listen to you and take your statements into consideration when deciding
the terms of your divorce agreement. That is why knowing what to wear
to court, and dressing appropriately, is a crucial first step both in
getting your voice heard and persuading the judge to rule in your favor.
It is important to understand that your appearance and the assumptions
people make based on your appearance tend to contribute to whether people
believe you are a credible witness.
So what should you wear to court to make a good impression? You should
dress professionally and in business casual attire. Clothes should not
appear too worn out.
Men should wear a dark/neutral colored suit, if available. They can also
wear slacks, a tucked in button down shirt, belt, closed-toe dress shoes,
and dark colored socks.
On the other hand, women should a conservative dress or pantsuit. They
can also wear slacks and a dress shirt, or a skirt—no higher than
the knees when standing—and a dress shirt.
The following are clothes you should
NOT wear to divorce court:
- T-shirts or tank tops
- Jeans, shorts, or short dresses
- Sandals, sneakers, or open-toed shoes
- Anything that appears too tight fitting or reveals too much skin
- Clothes that haven’t been washed or ironed
- Gym attire
- Clothes that make artistic statements or promote a product or service
- Clothes that you would wear out to a bar or a club
You want your appearance to show the judge that you respect the court and
the severity of the proceedings. The more put-together you appear on the
outside, the more put-together people will assume you are on the inside.
For more information about divorce in Massachusetts,
contact our Wellesley divorce attorney at
Saponaro Barach Bingham LLP today.