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When Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States in January 2017, he will become the first President in history to have been divorced multiple times. Melania, his current spouse, is his third marriage. This is a big change for the Presidential role, where past marriages have been remarkably stable throughout our national history.

To date, we have only had one divorcee president: Ronald Reagan. Very few people actually remember this fact about our 40th President, but he actually divorced his first wife early in his life. His second marriage to Nancy Reagan was so iconic and solid that it had very little effect on voter opinion.

Political Power of a Stable Marriage

Political scientists have long known the power that the appearance of a stable and functional marriage can have on a politician’s career. It is for this reason that we see marriages in politics continue to hold themselves together even in the face of a publically-exposed affair.

Franklin D. Roosevelt is one example of a President who was discovered having an affair, but he and his wife agreed to keep their marriage together for the sake of their political careers.

The same can be said for a more recent example: the Clinton family. Our 42nd President, Bill Clinton, underwent an investigation and was almost forced to resign after he was found guilty of sexual acts inside the oval office with a White House intern. His wife, Hillary, stayed quiet and stood by her husband throughout the scandal and she very nearly became the first female President herself after a long political career.

Some Presidents also lost their wives during their terms in office. John Tyler and Woodrow Wilson both became widowers, and both remarried while in the Oval Office.

To this day we have still only had one President who never married. James Buchannan held onto his “bachelor” title for his entire life. However, recent historical scholars have suggested that there may have been an alternative motivation for this: James Buchanan may have been gay. Considering that this would have been socially tumultuous in the mid-1800’s Buchannan would have had great motivation to keep this quiet.

At Fair Cadora, APC, our team of experienced San Diego divorce attorneys may be able to provide you with quality representation during your divorce proceedings. Attorney Lauren Fair has been named a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization, allowing her to provide her team and your case with a deep and detailed knowledge that few other attorneys can match. We get to know our clients personally and place their needs first in every case we take, allowing us to fight for the best possible outcome on their behalf.

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You will likely appear before a family law judge on multiple occasions during your divorce proceedings and then again after it is finalized. These courtroom proceedings are crucial to the success of your case, and your conduct during them is a vital factor in obtaining a successful outcome. So before you go in to court for the first time, read up on these valuable tips for how to conduct yourself in a courtroom.

Dress to Impress

Business attire is strongly encouraged in a courtroom. For ladies, conservative, professional dresses or suits are strongly encouraged. For gentlemen, suits with a white button-down shirt are acceptable. Both sexes should avoid bright colors as much as possible, though a tasteful but colorful necktie for men is fine. Women should wear close-toed shoes to each proceeding, with men wearing business dress shoes. Keep your hairstyle conservative and neatly groomed. You want to appear as prepared and put-together as possible as your image will likely have an influence on the judge’s opinion.

Be Respectful

How you look is only half of what you need to know; how you act is equally, if not more important. Courtrooms are places that demand the utmost respect, and the judge will enforce this strictly. When someone else is speaking, do not interrupt them for any reason. If your lawyer has an objection, they will speak up on your behalf. Meanwhile, the best thing you can do is sit quietly and listen to whoever is speaking, and answer their questions if you are addressed specifically.

Your conduct outside of the courtroom is important as well. One of the most important rules is also one of the simplest: do not be late. On days where you have court hearings, plan ahead and leave time for traffic, delays, and parking. Being late is not only a tremendous waste of time for all of those involved, but also money on behalf of both you and your spouse. It also will annoy your judge and reflect poorly on your character and ability as a parent to manage simple tasks, which will only harm your case if child custody and visitation provisions are involved.

If you need assistance with your own divorce case, the San Diego family attorneys at Fair Cadora, APC may be able to help you. Our firm proudly provides all of our clients with experienced and proven legal counsel that has received accolades, including recognition as a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization. We have the resources, knowledge, client service you need to navigate your case, making us a top choice in Southern California.

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