Dressing for Divorce Court
Whether you’re going through a do-it-yourself divorce or you’re working with a Charlotte divorce lawyer, you’re probably wondering what you’re supposed to wear to court.
While your wardrobe choices may not work for or against you, it’s best to use good judgment and at the very least, keep your clothing neutral. It’s difficult to create the impression that you’re having a hard time making ends meet and need to receive spousal support if you’re wearing diamonds and haute couture.
Hair, Nails and Grooming
It’s common sense to appear in court and present a neat, well-groomed appearance. It’s best not to show up with a dramatic hairstyle, wild, notice-me nails and evening makeup. The courtroom is a solemn, formal place – and you don’t want to do anything that detracts from that or draws unnecessary attention to you.
What Women Should Wear to Divorce Court
Your clothing should be clean and in good repair. That doesn’t mean you have to purchase a new outfit; it just means that you have to put some thought into what you’re going to wear. If you can, a pantsuit or a skirt and jacket are appropriate (as long as the skirt hangs just above, at or below your knee). Nice slacks and a blouse are also appropriate, but be sure that your blouse is buttoned as high as it would be if you were going to church.
As a general rule, church-worthy clothes are appropriate for the courtroom. Things you should never wear to court include:
- Jeans with holes
- T-shirts and sweatshirts
- Clothing with inappropriate, illegal or obscene language or symbols (a shirt showing support of marijuana use, for example, is never appropriate for court)
- Open-toed shoes or sandals
How What You Wear Can Affect Your Divorce Case
You only get one first impression with your judge, and you want that to be a good one. Celebrities like Winona Ryder and Anna Nicole Smith were in the news over their outfits in a courtroom environment. What you wear (or don’t wear, in Smith’s case) creates visual cues that contribute to the “big picture” in your case.
If you’re not sure whether what you want to wear is appropriate, check with your Charlotte divorce lawyer. He or she will be able to give you a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down based on personal experience with the North Carolina court system.