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Do I have to go to court?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018

Yes, you and your spouse will need to attend a divorce hearing before a Probate and Family Court judge if you proceed with an uncontested/no-fault divorce. Witnesses are not required. The judge will review your Separation Agreement and financial statements before starting the hearing.

The Plymouth County Probate and Family Court - Plymouth, Massachusetts

If your Separation Agreement is 1) signed voluntarily by both spouses; 2) well written and comprehensive; and 3) fair and reasonable, your hearing should not take more than 10 minutes and your Separation Agreement will be approved by the judge. If attorney Kaplan serves as your mediator, she is permitted to draft your Separation Agreement. To date, all of her Separation Agreements have been approved by the court. She will also assist you with obtaining and preparing you for your divorce hearing date. Learn more about the Massachusetts divorce mediation process and her services at


The Law Office of Judith R. Kaplan

Norwell Executive Center

167 Washintgon Street

Norwell, MA  02061


Tel: 781-923-1680

Fax: 781-923-1681​

Also available to meet clients at:

25 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 200

Braintree, MA  02184 

500 Victory Road, Suite 400

Marina Bay

Quincy, MA  02171

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