WHO HAS TO GO TO COURT?
In a dissolution, you and your spouse both must go to court and testify briefly. In a divorce, the person seeking the divorce has to appear in court with at least one witness; the other person often will not appear in court if the case is uncontested. If the case is contested, both sides and their witnesses ordinarily will go to court to testify.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO END THE MARRIAGE ONCE A CASE IS ACTUALLY STARTED?
Divorce cases are usually over within six or seven months. If a case is settled quickly, it may be completed within two to four months. If cases involve serious problems or if they proceed to higher courts, they may take a year or more.
WHAT IS AN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE?
There are two general groups of uncontested divorce cases:
1. Those in which the person being sued does nothing (files no papers or fails to appear in court).
2. Those in which the parties reach an agreement about all property and other issues.
WHEN IS A DIVORCE CASE CONTESTED?
A contested divorce case is one in which the parties cannot reach an agreement and in which both parties have entered court appearances and are indicating disagreement on some or all of the issues.