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Why Credibility Goes a Long Way in the Courtroom

In Separation & Divorce by Carly Baker

Honesty is a character trait that distinguishes us and gives us a personal sense of pride that we are inherently good people. It is a facet of many religions and theories of morality. It is a trait that many parents try to instill in their children. Honesty matters, as it shapes the way we are perceived and can really be of great benefit to our relationships, our friendships, and our careers. In the opposite sense, dishonesty can also define us in ways we don’t want. One example of this is in a courtroom. Judges and Juries Make Credibility Determinations   Throughout the American legal system, one of the core legal rights is the right to a trial by a fair and impartial judge or jury. Further, judges and juries are …

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Preparing to Testify in Court

In Child Custody, Separation & Divorce by Carly Baker

When it comes to the legal issues that surround a divorce, such as property division, alimony, child custody, and child support, it is far more common for people to reach agreements than to take these issues to trial. This is because trial is risky and expensive, and people are generally more inclined to avoid that risk and try to settle on an arrangement they can control. Having said that, however, there are times when it is necessary to take issues before a judge. Therefore, it is important to have some idea of what to expect if you have to testify in court. Come Prepared The best way to testify with confidence is to know what you’re talking about. This means to spend a good amount of time preparing for court. …