BE CONCISE! Focus on the issue at hand. Do not bring in other things that are not relevant. For example, if you filed a motion for child custody, and nothing for support, don’t bring up the fact that the other party hasn’t paid. Another example is if you filed for spousal support, don’t bring up the custody and visitation issues.
Present a timeline of events. Court can be scary, and it’s ok to be nervous. Just remember to write out your timeline, so you can present it so it makes sense. If the Judge has to try to figure out what you’re asking because you are not making sense, the Judge is less likely to actually hear what you are saying.
This one I cannot stress enough. LISTEN TO THE QUESTIONS ASKED, AND ANSWER ONLY WHAT IS ASKED! If the Judge asks you a question, answer that question directly. Remember the old saying, less is more.
If you are “winning,” that is, if the Judge is on your side of the facts, STOP TALKING! You don’t need to “convince” the Judge 100% that you are right. All you need to show is what you are saying is “more likely than not” to have happened the way you said it did.
Be respectful of the other side, and do not interrupt. If you continue to interrupt the other side, the Judge is going to not listen to you, and actually can get upset/frustrated with you. Remember, you do not want to get the judge upset. So show respect, and watch your body language. The Judges see you when you are waiting to be called up for your case. They watch and they see your interactions. Please be aware of them.