Court is unlike any other place you’ve been—and your choice of attire should reflect that. If your Raleigh divorce lawyer hasn’t given you a run-down on how to dress for court, don’t worry; it’s coming. In the meantime, you can prepare yourself by knowing what’s appropriate to wear in front of the judge… and what’s not.
Why Your Choice of Clothing is Important
Your choice of clothing needs to show respect for the solemnity of the courtroom and prove that you’ve taken the time to groom yourself properly. Since your appearance might be the only chance you have to make an impression on the judge, it’s important to look your best. Remember, the judge is evaluating your need for spousal support, whether you’re the best full-time caregiver for your children and all the other factors in your case.
Men: What to Wear to Court
If you have a suit, wear it. A jacket, a button-down shirt and a tie. Generally, it’s okay to wear a button-down shirt and a pair of khakis or dress pants if you don’t have a full suit, but be sure to let your Raleigh divorce lawyer know ahead of time to make sure.
Men: What Not to Wear to Court
Jeans, shorts and T-shirts are not acceptable attire for the courtroom; neither are sandals or tennis shoes unless you have nothing else. Shave or trim your facial hair and make sure your hair is combed.
Women: What to Wear to Court
A below-the-knee skirt or dress, as long as it’s paired with closed-toed shoes and couldn’t be considered “sexy” is generally a good choice. Slacks or dress pants paired with a modest shirt—no cleavage—that covers your upper arms and shoulders are also acceptable.
Women: What Not to Wear to Court
Platform heels, revealing necklines and tight clothes should be reserved for a night on the town; they don’t have any place in the courtroom. Avoid clothing that shows too much skin. Go light on the makeup and perfume, too.
A good rule of thumb: if you couldn’t wear it to church, don’t wear it into the courtroom. If you’re not sure if an outfit you’ve chosen is appropriate, ask your Raleigh divorce lawyer.