The idea of appearing in court to testify in a contested divorce or other family law matter can be terrifying for an involved party. A lot is on the line, including custody of children or property, and a person needs to put their best foot forward, both literally and figuratively. While the family law court system is decidedly more casual than other systems such as civil litigation or federal courts, it is important that litigants dress in an appropriate manner. Here are some tips for what to wear at a typical contested hearing, whether it’s for a divorce, child custody case, or any other family law issue.
In today’s economic times, divorce and bankruptcy often go hand in hand. It’s important to know what role bankruptcy can play in a pending divorce suit.
You may be able to file for divorce while you have a pending bankruptcy filing and the court may render judgment on issues such as child support or conservatorship issues. Many courts will not award property while your bankruptcy is still pending and your divorce may not be finalized until the bankruptcy has been discharged.
If the court does allow your divorce to be finalized, bankruptcy can have an effect on the property and debts that were awarded in the final decree of divorce. Obligations entered into in a divorce settlement are considered non-dischargeable, which means they may not be discharged in a later bankruptcy filing. And while creditors can’t come after you for payment after you’ve filed for bankruptcy, they can go after your ex-spouse for payment for any community debts. That opens you up to financial liability to your ex-spouse even after your divorce is finalized.
The complexity involved in a joint divorce and bankruptcy make it imperative that you are represented by an attorney who is experienced in divorces involving bankruptcy. Please contact the Ramos Law Firm if you are interested in consulting with an attorney and obtaining more information.