What to Expect From Your Divorce Hearing

Deciding to file for divorce is a challenging decision.  When deciding whether to move forward with your divorce, there are a variety of considerations, including financial, emotional, and custodial.  Although most divorces end with a settlement, this is not always possible.  In some situations, parties will not be able to reach a settlement on some or even all of the issues.  In these cases, the parties will have to attend a final hearing.  If you are facing a contested final divorce hearing, it may help you to understand what to expect from your divorce hearing.

First, you should understand that both your attorney and the other attorney will be permitted to question you.  Your attorney will be able to ask you questions in order to help you tell your story to the judge and present the evidence and arguments in support of your requests.  However, the other attorney will also have the chance to question you about facts and evidence.  Unlike what you see on television, however, the other attorney will not be permitted to badger or harass you.

Another thing you should expect from your final divorce hearing is that it is possible the court will not make a decision right away.  It is possible a judge will want time to look over the evidence, especially if there was a lot of technical information presented.  After the hearing is over, the judge may also request additional briefing and information from the attorneys.  If the judge decides to think over the case before making a decision, it is called taking it “under advisement,” and the judge will notify the parties of his or her decision at a later time.

Third, it is imperative to understand that your attorney may not introduce evidence or documents that you have provided to him or her.  The reason for this is that your attorney is well versed in the rules of evidence, and it is possible that the evidence or documents you were hoping to use to support your position at trial are not admissible under those rules.  Similarly, if your attorney is not asking questions about a particular incident, it may be because that incident is irrelevant or could even damage your case.  Accordingly, it is likely beneficial to discuss your attorney’s planned approach before the trial to make sure the two of you are on the same page and keep you from becoming too frustrated

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