If We Reach a Settlement, Do We Still Have To Go To Court?
The party that files for the divorce must be present in court. He or she must testify and offer proof of certain vital facts that are required by the Illinois Divorce Act. These include proof of the spouses’ identities and residency, the date and place of the marriage, the names and ages of all children born or adopted, the terms of the parties’ settlement agreement, the grounds for the divorce, and other fundamental information pertaining to the marriage.
The other spouse does not need to be present in court if he or she signs all of the papers beforehand. These hearings usually take 5 to 10 minutes.
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