A Round Rock Divorce Attorney on What to Wear to Court

Austin Divorce attorney on what to wear in courtAs a Round Rock divorce attorney, it has surprised me over the years how many clients – many of whom have worked in the professional world for years – have arrived for their hearing inappropriately dressed or poorly groomed.  Family court judges are not just listening to what the parties say; they’re observing their demeanor, tone and appearance, so what you wear in court is important.  Because the facts of Round Rock child custody and divorce cases are often very similar, the judges hear the same talking points again and again, which means there is an even greater level of importance placed on what’s communicated non-verbally.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Courtroom Attire


Wear neatly pressed business or business casual attire in neutral colors such as black, navy, charcoal, or gray.


Wear shorts, jeans, flip-flops, or un-tucked shirts or T-shirts (some courts forbid these types of clothing).

No un-ironed or ripped clothing

No messy, unwashed hair or untrimmed facial hair.

If you have tattoos, wear something that covers them up, and if you have visible piercings (except for women with a single piercing in each ear), remove whatever can be removed before your hearing.  It may be old-fashioned, but body-art and piercings are still often perceived as irreverent and irresponsible.

No short skirts, stilettos or revealing clothing

Do not overdress (showing up in a cocktail dress or three-piece suit looks out of place and can communicate you’re trying too hard).

Contact a Round Rock Family Lawyer

For a consultation with Jay D. Smith, call (512) 340-0002 and contact a Round Rock Family Lawyer today.