If you are going through an uncontested divorce in Pasco County, Florida, normally the final step is the divorce hearing. Many people wonder if they can avoid a hearing, especially if both spouses agree on all of the issues and have signed all of the necessary paperwork.
Unfortunately, a hearing is required. Both spouses do not have to attend, but at least one spouse must be there for the divorce to be granted. Typically, the Petitioner is the one who attends the hearing. At the hearing, the final divorce order will be signed by the judge.
Fortunately, the hearing is normally very simple. The judge will want to make sure that the residency requirements are met, as well as that the paperwork is in proper order. The judge will want to see the agreement(s) that have been signed by both spouses.
The party who is present at the hearing will be asked basic questions about the marriage, such as whether there were children involved, when the parties were married and how long the marriage lasted, and whether or not the marriage is irretrievably broken.
Although typically uncontested divorce hearings are straightforward, this is not true in all cases. It’s usually better to have a lawyer represent you at the hearing in order to ensure that the process goes smoothly and that the divorce is finalized.
A mistake can cost you not only time but also money, and an experienced family law attorney can advise you on the proper steps to take. If you are in Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas or Hillsborough Counties, call Florida divorce attorney Dale Bernstein at 727-478-3250. He will be happy to speak with you about your case. Call to schedule a consultation.