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.
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 www.jrkaplanlaw.com.