Whenever decisions can’t be made between the parents, the family law court must step in to make decisions. Sometimes these decisions involve money, sometimes custody and sometimes child support. Over the course of 20 plus years of practicing family law we’ve seen how people can make a family law judge mad. Here are the top three ways to make your family court judge mad at you, and, in turn, lose your case.
- Fight everything! A scorched earth policy may work in war. It may even work in some types of legal cases, but family law cases that use this approach rarely succeed. Instead the court will see you as the trouble person and often err on the side of the person who is more reasonable.
- Violate orders. This is obvious, but you can’t imagine how many times people don’t “play by the rules.” We had a case that involved custody. Our client won custody, but then it was taken away when the client wouldn’t follow the orders for co-parenting. The parent made the judge mad and ended up having to eat the years and money expended to win. Don’t violate court orders.
- Be unreasonable. If you find yourself spending $300 per hour for an attorney and fight over a painting worth $150 you have defined “unreasonable.” Not every hill is one to die on and not every fight is worth it. Judges will make decisions. They will split that toaster oven, but is it worth it. Courts and Judges don’t want to deal with the small mundane issues. Thus, be reasonable in your approach to your case.
Don’t fall victim to making the family law judge mad at you. Take note of these steps. If you need help in your family law case contact our family law attorneys at 505-880-8737 or email us at info@JusticeLegalGroup.com.