Your divorce will likely require you to testify, either at the time of the final “prove-up” hearing, a short proceeding where the agreement reached by you and your spouse is presented to the court for approval, or at certain types of preliminary proceedings. The testimony at the prove-up is somewhat routine, and rarely requires a great deal of advance preparation. The preliminary proceedings, are somewhat more complicated, and generally fall into two categories: a “discovery” deposition, or a hearing before the court concerning temporary matters, such as a request for temporary child support or maintenance. Unfortunately, most folks’ ideas about “testifying” are formed by movies and TV shows, which, almost uniformly and due largely to creative and time constraints imposed on those mediums, bear little relation to what you will experience. You will likely find your testimonial experience vastly different from what you have seen on TV. The following information is provided to help assist you in preparing for your “day in court,” and to answer certain common questions that almost everyone has. Prior to testifying, you and your family law lawyer will discuss your testimony with specificity to the issues involved, and, as always, be sure to ask any questions you might have. Remember, your divorce lawyer has done this before. You probably haven’t. Therefore, there is no such thing as a “stupid” question.