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Divorce Hearings By State | Hearing Rules and Requirements | 3 Step Divorce

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A divorce hearing resolves the workings of the court and the law when the parties appear before a judge to deal some specifics about the case prior to the signing of the final Decree or Judgment to finalize the divorce. In some states a hearing is not required for an uncontested divorce as long as all the required divorce papers have been signed and filed. Some states do require a short hearing only if you have minor children and some have it for all divorces and require either just the filing spouse or both spouses to attend if possible.

State divorce laws, rules and procedures vary greatly, and some states have established family court procedures requiring mediation (if you can't agree with your spouse) and/or the completion of parenting classes to help educate divorcing parents on responsibilties during and after the divorce.

Here are the hearing requirements in the different jurisdictions. Keep in mind that in most jurisdictions, a judge has the final say as to whether or not a divorce hearing will be required by the court.

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