Every case is unique and requires a different approach depending on what the issues are. I strategize what issues will be of concern and know how to handle them as they come up during the NH Family Court proceeding. The only way you can do this is to take the time to be prepared. Some topics are financial issues that include supporting documentation and the order of presentment to the court. Others include preparing my client to take the stand and present their case through my questioning. My hearing method of preparation always takes into consideration my client, the opposing party and attorney, the Court, and the facts. Always be direct and honest with the judge. If part of you case is weak, don't mislead the judge as it will cause problems. Know what is relevant and important. Preparation of witnesses on key issue may be required. Don't waste the court's time, get to the point objectively and always try to be kind when dealing with heightened emotion. Know the court rules as they can preclude key evidence from being admitted. I always create a detailed outline of what I will be presenting with flexibility to modify my plan as the case moves forward in court.
This answer is based on Attorney Rich Clark's experience in the following Family Division Courts located in Rockingham and Strafford County: Portsmouth, Brentwood, Hampton, Dover and Rochester.