The stress that comes with divorce can drain you emotionally and financially. However, appearing before a family law judge for a hearing means you are one step closer to finalizing your divorce. The judge will ask you a series of questions to check the facts of your case, but they are free to inquire about almost anything.
Because you are under oath, it is important to bear in mind that you must provide an honest answer to every question. Whether or not your divorce is contested may influence the questions the judge asks you.
Common questions to expect
Knowing what kinds of questions will be asked can help you prepare in advance. Below are some basic background questions you may have to answer:
- When and where did you get married?
- How long was your marriage?
- Where did you and your spouse last live together?
- What are the names and birth dates of your children?
- What is your job?
- Is your financial disclosure accurate and up to date?
The judge may then proceed to review parts of your settlement agreement and ask the following questions:
- Have you and your spouse agreed on child custody?
- Have you agreed on child support?
- Do you agree that the property division is fair?
Because every divorce is unique, a judge may ask questions specific to your situation. It is important to answer the judge’s inquiries as truthfully as possible, but it is not necessary to provide additional details. The best course of action is to give a straightforward and truthful answer.
You have the option of appearing in court by yourself without a lawyer to save on costs. In any case, you may contact a divorce lawyer if you have any questions about the hearing or need advice on conducting yourself in court.