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Courtroom attire matters for child custody cases

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2023 | Custody & Visitation |

While a parent who files for divorce in a Mississippi court typically wants to minimize disruption in his or her children’s lives, circumstances often necessitate litigation, which can be stressful. It can be difficult to achieve a post-divorce parenting agreement if the parties are contentious. If a parent is seeking sole child custody, he or she will want to make a good impression in court, including appropriate courtroom attire.

Some people believe clothing should not matter in court proceedings for child custody. However, family court judges are human beings, which means that their decisions may be influenced by personal appearance. A parent whose goal is to win a custody case will want to dress in a way that demonstrates confidence and parental fitness.

Clothing that should be left at home for a child custody case

To determine what type of clothing is appropriate in a child custody case, it is helpful to take note of attire that is likely to create a negative impression. Blue jeans, especially styles with rips or holes in them, are best avoided. Other clothing best left at home include tight-fitting outfits, low-cut shirts and tee shirts displaying controversial images or words.

A casual business appearance is always best

Not only are clothing items important when trying to make a good impression in court, but cleanliness, hairstyles and accessories are also critical to a person’s overall appearance. It is best to choose clothing and styles that would be appropriate for a job interview or an important business meeting. A parent who is preparing for a child custody case in Mississippi may visit a court’s website ahead of time to check if there is a listed dress code and may also seek recommendations from an experienced family law attorney.