Mind Your Own Business While in Court

Mace Greenfield Client/Litigant/Pro Se Information

When you are in Divorce or Family Court, mind your own business. You have enough to worry about: your divorce, child custody and child visitation, child support and spousal maintenance, orders of protection, division of debts, equitable distribution, counsel fees and more. Do not be complaining about your case to others, they have their own cases. Notice, no one else is vocalizing their complaints, and the few that do out loud, look and sound like idiots.

If others are discussing their case, do NOT get involved in it. You are not a lawyer to give advice and its not your place. If people are talking and looking at you, they are not seeking your input. They are wondering why you are looking at them and listening. Walk away. How you act in the hallways and waiting rooms is usually seen by court officers and other court employees. They see what judge you go in front of, and then they tell that judge about what they observed.

If you see a “famous” lawyer in the courthouse, do not stand up and introduce yourself unless you want to retain that lawyer. Otherwise you just look like an idiot.

Do not get involved in anything in the courthouse, not even to try to calm things or break things up. There are court officers for that. You may unintentionally make things worse. Once the court officers show up, you are there, you are part of it, and you then have more problems. Not worth it. Remember, no good deed goes unpunished, especially in the courthouse.

Mind your P’s and Q’s, and your courthouse journeys will be less painful and less stressful.