Do I have to go to court?

If the divorce is uncontested, you may not have to go to court at all. You will have to file the papers, but the judgment can be sent to you. In some cases, the court may require a hearing that is informal or formal; if there are questions about your papers or your proposed settlement agreement, you may need to review them before your divorce can be finalized.

Even if you do not agree on everything, you can try mediation, arbitration, or even negotiation via a third party before you take your dispute to court. These alternatives often offer a cheaper and faster means of reaching an effective settlement. The most common areas for disputes and disagreements include child custody and support, alimony, and the division of property. If you cannot agree on these things, you may need additional help.

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