Do we have to get divorced in court?

Yes. However, you may not personally need to appear in court when your divorce is finalized if you were not the original Petitioner, the party who filed the first petition. In fact, most divorces are resolved with only the Petitioner being present, to put an agreement of the parties before the judge to be signed. This is in all ways the best method to have a divorce granted, if for no other reason than to save you money in attorney's fees and your own time.

You can get divorced by agreement however, one party will have to appear in court for the very minimal final appearance before a judge. If everything is agreed to between the parties, this final hearing is usually quite informal and typically lasts about a minute and a half.

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