You’re getting divorced, and you have a court hearing coming up.

It’s the first time you will have ever been in court.

That’s a scary feeling. You’re nervous, unsure about what to say and what to do. Heck, you don’t even know how to find the courtroom.

And you don’t know how to dress for court.

Let me let you in on a secret: you’re not alone.

Rookie attorneys have the exact same questions and doubts run through their heads when they first start going to court.

I’ll give you the same tip about how to dress that I give young attorneys.

Dress like you’re going to church or to a funeral.

Here’s what I mean. When you go to church or a funeral, you wear your best, understated, clean clothes, usually a suit or a dress.

That’s how you should dress for court.

This is Utah. Judges demand respect and modesty, so don’t dress crazy.

Don’t wear a powder blue suit. Don’t wear a Mickey Mouse tie, or that red cocktail dress you have in the closet. Greys, blacks, blues, and whites are your friend.

Wear your best — preferably suits and dresses. You’ll feel your best and present your best. It will make a good impression on the judge. And the better impression you make, the more likely you are to win.

(Note on piercings and tattoos: if you have piercings, remove them four court. The only exception to this is one set of earrings for women. I know, it sounds old-fashioned, and it is. You have one shot to impress your judge (who is very likely to be by nature conservative), and you don’t want to blow it with piercings. Same goes for tattoos: cover them up as much as possible during court.)

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