How do I find out, without having to spend an entire day in court, exactly what the procedure is for this permanent hearing? I went to court a few times before the temp hearing, but what I saw were not hearings like ours anyway. I thought I had seen enough of how the judge conducts things, and I knew how much time I had to present my side. Then I found out once I got there, that I was all wrong about a lot of things, and I never did get to show so much of the evidence that I have.
Is there a book I ought to read, as well? Something that will inform me of the legal language that will be used (like “lack of foundation”; I heard that from his attorney a few times). Is there a decent book out there for the lay person trying to represent herself?
And what is the procedure? Since he is the plaintiff, from what I gather, he goes first. I go second. Then I got surprised by teh judge telling me that since the burden of proof wsa on them, they got to go last with closing argumetns (and my case, not even knowing about this part, I sounded like such an idiot). What is the procedure for a permanent hearing? Is it done in one day? I’ve been told that we each have 3.5 hours. Will that be done all in one day? I have a witness from out of state coming, so this is really, really important to know.
Thank you so very much for all the help you’ve given me so far. What an incredible service. Thank you.