1. ) Expect to wait around before your case will be heard. Judges have many cases on the calender and you need to be patient. Usually the quicker you resolve the motions or pending arguments or disputes, the quicker you will get out of Court. Judges take settled matters as a priority. Judges prioritize settled matters to try to encourage litigants to resolve their family Court Disputes.
2.) Never refuse mediation! Judges have too many cases on their calender. If you refuse mediation then the Family Court Judge will believe you are part of the problem not part of the solution. Just becuase you try mediation does not mean that you have to compromise any of your positions or even settle the case. Divorce Court Judges want solutions not trouble makers.
3) It is the exception not the norm that a child custody, child support or divorce issue is resolved in one Rhode Island Family Court Hearing. In many cases, more documentation or information is needed or there is a need for a Providence Family Court investigation or mediation.
4.) Dress appropriately for court. Perception is reality! Do not over dress. If you overdress, it may seem like a pathetic attempt to gain an advantage.
5) Be friendly to the clerks, sheriffs and Court Staff. Trust me, the clerks talk with the judges about litigants in the coffee room in the back hallways . If the Judge believes you are rude or disrepectful to his staff he will have a negative perception of you. This may influence the Judge’s decisions in your domestic relations case.