Do I have to show up to court for divorce?
Failure to appear means you have skipped a scheduled court date without notifying the court. You can be charged with contempt of court, and the judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest. While such measures don't usually happen in a divorce case, you still should always show up in court if required to do so.
What happens at an uncontested divorce hearing?
An uncontested divorce hearing typically takes about 20 minutes. The judge will sign a written divorce decree, also called a divorce order or "Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment of Absolute Divorce." Some judges will give you a copy of the signed divorce order before you leave.
Is it better to be plaintiff or defendant in divorce?
There is one advantage to being the one to file the divorce. The person who files the divorce, under the code of civil procedure, is called the plaintiff and the other party is called the defendant. Another advantage to being a plaintiff is the way a non-suit is handled under the code of civil procedure.
What happens when a person doesn’t show up to court?
When you don't appear the court will forfeit your bond, and issue an arrest warrant. Most times the authorities will actively try to arrest you; if they can't locate you the warrant will show up on a records check if you are stopped for any reason.