FAQ: What Should I Expect At My Agreement Hearing
1. Is this your agreement
2. Do you believe it treats both of you fairly
(Keep in mind you may not like all of the agreement, but overall, do you believe, under the circumstances as they exist today or at filing, that it is fair)
3. Do you believe there was full financial disclosure?
(E.g., have you both filled out financial declarations? If not, do you believe you are sufficiently aware of the other’s income, assets and debts to be able to say that you believe the agreement to be fair?)
FAQ: What Can I Expect at my No-Fault (One Year Separation) Divorce Hearing
If your case also involves a divorce on a one year continuous separation, the following questions will be asked:
- Usually the Court will ask you, prior to starting the hearing, whether there is any possibility of reconciliation
- When did you separate
- Have you remained separated continuously since that time, without reconciliation or cohabitation
- are you asking the Court to grant you a divorce based upon a one year continuous separation
FAQ: Resuming A Prior Name
If your maiden or former married name is being resumed, you can expect the Court or your attorney to ask you questions similar to the following:
- Do you desire to resume the use of your maiden or former married name?
- Are you doing so to avoid creditors?
- Have you filed bankruptcy in your current name
- Are you doing so to avoid criminal prosecution
- Are you aware of any warrants out in your current name
- Have you had your driver’s license suspended in your current name
- Are you listed with the state for abusing or neglecting children
- Are you under an order to pay support (alimony/child support) in your current name
- Are you on any terrorist watchlist
FAQ: How Do I Write an Affidavit
In obtaining “affidavits” the Declarant (person giving the statement) should provide the information indicated below. All affidavits should be double-spaced, typed, signed, and notarized, and should be based on the individual’s first-hand observations and not hearsay.
FAQ: Can I Change my Child’s Name?
If the biological parents are in agreement to change the name of a child, it is considered uncontested, and the name change will typically be granted. However, the Court still requires the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem to represent the child’s interests, which results in additional cost.