Dressing for Family Court

 Posted on February 29, 2016 in Divorce

appropriate attire, Illinois family law attorneyIf you find yourself heading to court to reach a decision in your divorce or family law issue, it is important that you dress appropriately for the occasion. It is not uncommon for individuals to show up to court in clothing that is far too casual or otherwise inappropriate for a courtroom setting, due to both the relaxing decorum rules of our society and the fact that many people have never previously been inside a courtroom.

Keep It Conservative

This is the most important rule to keep in mind when determining what you will wear to court. A tasteful, conservative outfit is always your best choice. Ways to style yourself conservatively include:

  • Choosing neutral colors like navy blue and forest green. Wear a solid color or a demure pattern, like pinstripes, rather than a loud or distracting pattern or color;   
  • Leave everything to the imagination. Shirts on both sexes should be neatly buttoned to the top and clothing should not grip the body tightly, but rather fit appropriately. Skirts should reach the knee and shoes should not have open toes;        
  • Visible tattoos should be covered and facial piercings should be removed. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum; and  
  • Hair should be natural colored and styled in a conservative way.    

Keep It Clean

Another important component of your presentation is your hygiene. Shower, brush your teeth, and make sure your hands and fingernails are clean and neat for your court date. If you decide to wear perfume or cologne, wear one or two spritzes at most. Take this approach with makeup as well – a little bit to enhance your look is all you need.

Keep These out of the Courtroom

There are certain wardrobe pieces that should never see the inside of the courtroom. In most cases, it is because they are far too casual for the courtroom. Others are simply not right for this setting. There are a few exceptions, though, which are noted below.

  • Shorts;
  • Flip flops;    
  • Sneakers;
  • Other casual shoe styles like Ugg boots and open-toed sandals;   
  • Sunglasses, unless they are prescription sunglasses for a visually-impaired individual;
  • Formal wear like a tuxedo or a ballgown;
  • T-shirts; and   
  • Hats and other head coverings, with some exceptions. Head coverings for religious purposes, such as a yarmulke or a hijab, may be worn in the courtroom. Another exception is a scarf or wig worn by an individual who has lost his or her hair to cancer treatment.

Work with a Kane County Family Attorney

Although it might seem unfair, the image you project in the courtroom is extremely important to how you are perceived by the court. Make the best impression you can by dressing appropriately for the occasion. If you are unsure about how to dress for court, speak with your skilled Kane County divorce attorney. At our law office, we provide our clients with everything they need during the divorce process, from everyday advice to compassionate, driven legal representation. Contact our firm today to schedule your initial legal consultation with us.





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