Is it necessary to appear in court for divorce?
There are no official Court proceedings needed to make the separation legal. Marriage, however, is a legal relationship and can only end by a Court Order granting a divorce. To get a divorce in Alberta, you must have lived in the province for at least 1 year.
Do uncontested divorces go to court?
If the divorce is uncontested and a marital settlement agreement is filed, the spouses may not need to go to court. In that case, all legal documents can be filed with the court, and the judgment can be sent to you. However, the court may request a formal or informal hearing.
What can I expect at a divorce hearing?
With a hearing, the judge will consider evidence and testimony on one or more aspects of your divorce, perhaps child custody or visitation or temporary alimony, for example. The judge will render a decision on those issues only, removing some of the roadblocks and answering some questions about your divorce.
Can you get a divorce without settling property?
The answer is no. There is no need to wait until you are divorced to finalise your property settlement. In fact it is often better to finalise your property matters sooner rather than later. You cannot apply for a divorce until you have been separated at least one year.