If your spouse has filed for a divorce, you are going to have to appear in divorce court. Although it can be stressful, you should try to remain calm and avoid confrontation. Make sure that you have a sitter for your children. Also, lock the doors and turn off your cell phone. This way, you won’t be distracted by anyone. However, if your spouse is aggressive, it is best to act appropriately and remain calm.
During the hearing, the judge will discuss whether or not the parents are fit custodians. The judge may also inquire about their income and health expenses. If the divorce court determines that you and your spouse are physically abusive, they may grant a protective order to protect the children. Depending on the circumstances, this protective order may require the testimony of a police officer and physical evidence of abuse. The judge’s ruling on the protective order may take many months or even years.
You will not get to discuss the terms of your divorce if you refuse to attend the hearing. Not attending can make the process drag out longer than necessary. If your spouse does not appear, you may have to pay your attorney’s fees and get a day off from work. If your spouse doesn’t show up to the hearing, you may end up getting a divorce with unfavourable terms. You may be able to get a short delay by simply not showing up. However, it is not the end of the world. If your spouse is willing to cooperate, you might just be able to get a few more months to work things out.
The divorce court hearing process can be complicated, but you should remember that it is important to retain the services of an experienced lawyer. Divorce lawyers will be able to present your case with confidence and skill. However, if you fail to meet your spouse’s expectations, the case could be filed as a contested divorce and you will have to go to court to obtain it. You can also use this time to file an appeal.
There are a lot of factors that go into the decision made by the judge. While you want to be able to present the full picture to the judge, the truth is that judges rarely make decisions based on all the facts presented. If you’re not prepared for this, you’ll likely end up losing the case and have to live with the decision for a long time. If you want to have a more favourable outcome, settle out of court. Whether you’re going to court for child custody or another issue, you need to be well-prepared for the proceedings.
You’ll need to be aware of the lawyer’s strategy. He will try to make you look bad by arguing and losing your cool. This can lead you to say and do things you’d regret later on. Your lawyer will try to play on your emotions to get you to say something you’ll regret later. You might even share personal information that you’d never tell your spouse otherwise.
In some circumstances, a spouse may not be free to attend the divorce court hearing. For example, a spouse in prison or a remote location is unlikely to attend the hearing. However, spouses who choose not to appear in court often view divorce court as an unpleasant place and would prefer not to deal with the stress it brings. If your spouse is unable to make it to the court hearing, you can have a default judgment signed.
After The Hearing
After the hearing, the judge will determine whether to grant a divorce decree. During the hearing, the judge may ask you some demographic questions such as when you were married, when you separated, and whether you want to divorce. If you are a pro se filer, you must follow the instructions closely. Make sure to file all of the necessary documents and request a hearing or trial date. Purchasing these packets at the county clerk’s office is essential if you want your case to proceed to a final hearing.
In addition to a final divorce decree, the judge will make custody and visitation arrangements. It is important to remember that if you fail to appear at a divorce court hearing, the judge may consider you in contempt of court and impose a fine. If your spouse refuses to attend the hearing, this may lead to contempt charges and a fine. This is not a good impression for you to make.