The attorney-judge relationship is complex, dynamic, and critical; it also highly depends on a strong attorney to shape the relationship. An experienced lawyer has typically worked with a diverse range of judges and understands how to seamlessly refine their approach during a trial. Divorce is an emotionally tumultuous experience, so it is crucial to have an attorney on your team who understands your case’s intricacies and knows what to expect in court. 

Acquiring a solid understanding of a judge requires research on past case outcomes, experiences in court, and extensive case preparation. However, when developing an attorney-judge relationship, it is critical that it is entirely professional. There is a stark difference between knowing a judge and playing golf with one. If your attorney alludes to having a personal friendship with a judge, there’s the potential for an ethical dilemma. A judge’s role requires an impartial lens influenced by the law, not personal beliefs. While most judges exhibit these qualities, judicial misconduct does occur.  

Common Ethical Misconduct Issues in Divorce Court

Common ethical misconduct issues include improper demeanor, conflict of interest, and engaging in personal behavior that calls judicial integrity into question. On a smaller scale, some judges display patterns of bias that influence the case; for example, a judge may favor wives more than husbands in divorce proceedings. Understanding that judicial misconduct exists and predetermining if your judge has experience engaging in unethical behavior better prepares you for your experience in court. 

As a family law attorney with over 26 years of experience, I am passionate about protecting my clients in court. In a divorce, being represented by a dedicated lawyer with the right relationships is paramount. Throughout my years representing clients in Central Florida, I have built tremendous professional attorney-judge relationships, and the entire Rebecca L. Palmer Law Group has. When we enter the courtroom, our reputation precedes us.

Divorce Court Prep

Trial preparation is vital. Working with an attorney who understands the judge on your case is essential. When preparing for trial, the attorney must angle their case to appeal to the habits and emotions that the judge has expressed in prior court proceedings. Some judges are strict and rigid and enter the court with inflexible rules. Other judges may be more easy-going and personable. To plead to the judge most effectively, your attorney must know the ins and outs of their behavioral patterns and habits. Through extensive preparation, your attorney will tailor your case by understanding what the judge wants and how they think, thereby giving you the upper hand in court. This significant factor contributes to the attorney-judge relationship and can be the winning aspect of your case. Having a reputable attorney on your team also influences your case’s outcome. A judge will recognize if your attorney is experienced, respectable in the field, and trustworthy. Working with a lawyer who has proven themselves in their field and has established a strong reputation is extremely important.  

Divorce can be a complex, emotional process. It is important to collaborate with a lawyer who is transparent with you and explains how to present your case in a way that will generate the best outcome. 

About Rebecca

Rebecca L. Palmer, Esq. is a Family & Marital Law attorney practicing in Orlando, FL. She is the Managing Partner of the Rebecca L. Palmer Law Group, and she can be reached at