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If The Case Is Settled Out Of Court, Must You Still Go Before A Judge To Obtain A Divorce?

Only the judge can grant the divorce. Once all the documents are in order, one party or the attorney for that party, will go before the judge. If you would like to be present and testify, the lawyer will ask you a number of questions which mostly require only a yes or no answer. If you do not desire to be present, your attorney can present your documents to the Judge and obtain the divorce for you. The actual hearing takes only about 2 minutes. The time spent waiting for your turn can be as long as 1 hour. Thus, either the party requesting the divorce or the attorney for the party must be present in court to obtain a divorce.