When a Texas parent is preparing to go to court, it is important to be mindful of what to wear. Especially during child custody proceedings, a parent will want to make a good impression. Personal appearance and clothing style can add to — or detract from — the impression one makes in court.

Choose clothing that would be appropriate for an office setting

Approaching custody proceedings like a business meeting is always a good strategy. Business casual style clothing will show the court that the parent understands the seriousness of the situation. Dress slacks, collared shirts and flat shoes are best. Here are some clothing items to avoid when heading to court:

  • Flip-flop style sandals
  • Blue jeans, especially those with rips or tears in them
  • T-shirts with images or sayings
  • Plunging necklines or tight-fitting shirts
  • Stiletto heels
  • Pajama pants

In addition to clothing, hairstyles and accessories are also important issues when preparing for child custody proceedings. The judge overseeing a particular case will consider whether a parent who has requested custody is capable of providing proper care and that the children’s best interests would be served by living with him or her. Accordingly, hair should be neat and clean, and cosmetic or jewelry choices should be minimal.

Where to seek support before heading to court

It may be helpful to speak with a trusted friend or family member if a Texas parent is unsure what to wear to court. It is especially helpful if the family member or friend is someone who has experience the courtroom. Of course, a family law attorney can also provide strong support in all aspects of a child custody case.