What happens at divorce trial?
3 attorney answers
I agree with Mr. Kaminski. Both parties are supposed to follow the rules of procedure and evidence, and any pre-trial court orders whether you are pro se or have an attorney.
If she tries to introduce evidence at trial that should have been provided beforehand, you can object and ask the court to exclude it. However, the courts will be more lenient with pro se parties and may give you the option to continue the trial in order to have time to review the new documents if this is the first time. The court has a lot of discretion on how they want to handle the case.
There are no court fees to have a trial if it's only you and your wife testifying.
You should speak to an attorney in your area to help you get ready for trial. Some attorneys will act as a consultant so that their fees aren't as bad and they will just give you the info you need but not actually represent you.
There are rules to trials and evidence has to be provided to both parties before you go into the trial. If your ex shows up with tons of documents at the trial, then the judge will either exclude the evidence or will continue the trial to allow you time to review the exhibits. Be sure to make note of the costs you are incurring coming to the trial, if the judge continues the trial then you should ask that they force your ex to pay your costs since this continuance was not your fault but your habitually late ex's fault.
Again I would impress upon you that a lawyer in your area will know the judges in your area and can give you a better answer.
This opinion above is given for informational purposes only. This is not meant to and does not create any attorney client relationship. This opinion is given in relation to the general question you have provided. Specific facts of your case may change the opinion given above and you should seek an attorney to discuss you're matter in more depth.
I agree with both answers above and add that consulting with an attorney will not only help you be more prepared but also possibly anticipate problems. If you have never been at trial, then you need a competent attorney to guide you. This is your life. It's of utmost importance that you be as prepared as possible. Otherwise this could drag on.
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