Westchester County Divorce Lawyers, White Plains, NY
divorce lawyers there are multiple issues that need to be addressed and worked on before
every court appearance. These issues generally include
division of debts and assets,
At Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP we do not forget to prepare our clients
for each and every court appearance. We make sure you will understand
what will happen in court and importantly how to act during the court
The Westchester County Court Appearance
In Westchester County all divorce matters are heard on the 10
th floor of the Westchester County Courthouse located at 111 Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Blvd. in White Plains. There is ample parking below the courthouse
or across the street at the Galleria mall.
During the initial court appearances a Court Attorney Referee (CAR) will
coordinate discovery (exchange of documents) and motion practice.
In Court, before a CAR or Judge you can expect to appear with your attorney
and with your spouse and their attorney. All conferences are private.
During the later appearances you can expect to appear before a New York
State Supreme Court Judge. This usually happens at the first pre-trial
conference when the CAR hands the case off to the Supreme Court Judge.
Regardless of who you are appearing before it is important to remember
a few general rules:
Dress appropriately for court.Suits are not required but business casual
shows the court you respect the process.
th floor of the courthouse is usually very crowded with litigants and attorneys.It
is not a comfortable place to wait. Be patient.
Unless instructed to by your attorney try to bring as few items as possible
with you.This will make you more comfortable.
While waiting for your case to be called it is not the time to have an
in depth conversation about the issues of your divorce with your attorney.Our
attorneys have conversations with our clients before court either in the
office or over the telephone.You will be prepared for court.
You may communicate with your spouse or witnesses while waiting for your
case to be called before a CAR or a judge.
When asked questions by the court always tell the truth, focus on the question
and only answer the questions asked.Take your time when answering a question.
It is not wise to be sarcastic to the Judge, CAR, opposing counsel or your spouse.
Do not interrupt the judge or try to talk over the judge.
Always answer a question orally.Do not nod or shake your head.Speak clearly
and loudly as a stenographer will be writing a record of everything said in court.
If you need to speak privately with your attorney just ask.
This process can be confusing and foreign. Always ask questions to your
attorney. At our law office we want you to understand the process and
have a realistic expectation of outcomes.
After your Court Appearance
After court, our attorneys will review with you what happened during the
court appearance and what needs to take place moving forward. Our attorneys
are always available to review legal strategy and make adjustments as
necessary. Your input and voice is essential to your case.
Our goal is always to obtain for you the best possible result either at
the negotiating table or from a judge's final determination.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one is considering a divorce or in the middle of a divorce
in Westchester County or the surrounding counties, call our divorce lawyers
today for a
free initial consultation. We can further explain how we can help you during a divorce case.
Call our office today, we are conveniently located in downtown White Plains.
We can be reached by
e-mail or telephone (914) 946-4808.