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What you wear to court may affect your custody case

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2021 | Custody & Visitation |

Divorcing Mississippi spouses who also happen to be parents may wind up litigating child custody issues. There are several topics in play, including joint vs. sole custody and shared vs. primary physical custody. A judge overseeing these proceedings will take many factors into account when determining what is best regarding where a child should live or which parent should be the primary custodian.

A parent’s clothing makes an impression in court

A parent’s appearance and demeanor can influence a judge’s decisions in a child custody case. Whether a parent’s goal is to be awarded sole or shared custody, it pays to be careful when choosing clothing to wear in court. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • A business casual style is always best.
  • Neutral tones and colors are better than bright colors or prints.
  • Flat heels or low pumps are better for women than stiletto-style heels.
  • For men, a collared, button-down shirt is a good choice.
  • Opt for clothing that fits well without being too tight.
  • Women will want to avoid short skirts and plunging necklines.
  • If the average person wouldn’t wear it to an important business meeting, then it probably shouldn’t be worn in court.

In addition to overly tight clothing or extremely bright colors, there are several other styles of clothing to avoid for those who are hoping to win the court’s favor in a child custody case.

Keep the ripped jeans and controversial T-shirts at home

The inside of a Mississippi courtroom during child custody proceedings is not the place or time to experiment with fashion trends. If a parent shows up in torn jeans or a T-shirt with a controversial slogan on it, a judge might assume that he or she is not taking the case seriously. The goal is to dress in a way that convinces the court that the parent in question understands the importance of the hearing, as well as his or her parental obligations and responsibilities and that he or she is ready to fulfill them.