Question: Do I have to attend the final hearing in a Florida uncontested divorce case?
When I file an uncontested divorce on behalf of a client, my client generally has to appear at the final hearing so that I can ask the client a few questions in front of the judge.
If you cannot attend the final hearing – for some reason – your spouse must attend the final hearing with me. It is up to the judge to determine whether certain exceptions are applicable and can be made.
Often, judges will allow military service members to appear by phone as long as that service member can be sworn in by a notary that appears on the telephone call with them.
A second exception may occur if a client is disabled and cannot physically attend the final hearing. In that situation, the client would still need to have a notary with them when they called into the final hearing.
While my client needs to attend the final hearing, the other party usually does not. Of course, the other party can attend the final hearing if they want.