Do I have to go to court for a divorce?

In an agreed divorce, a divorce is granted upon one of the parties showing up at the time set by the court and attending a “prove-up” hearing. During the “prove-up” hearing, either the judge or the attorney will ask the parties standard questions about the decree (i.e. residency, whether the parties agreed, if the terms are in the best interests of the parties, etc.) and the judge will sign the final decree and it will be filed with the court.

If the terms of the divorce cannot be agreed upon by the parties, then the parties will have to go to Final Trial in which the parties will conduct a full trial (calling witnesses, testifying, and presenting evidence) after which the court or jury will decide the terms of the divorce. The terms will then be drawn up into a divorce decree that will govern the divorce.