Courts deal with problems. Every case is brought because the parties have a problem that can't be solved without the assistance of a Judge. The parties should think about ways to solve the problems and propose these solutions to the Court. While most criminal cases involve punishment, most civil cases look to ways to solve problems and not punish. If you are suing for money, know how much money you want. If you are suing for custody or visitation, be prepared to explain where a child will sleep, eat, and go to school. Be prepared with a visitation plan for the other parent. Judges are more likely to give you what you want if you are able to tell the judge what you desire.
An experienced family law attorney can help you prepare solutions to present to a judge.