Even when the parties agree on issues and have executed a Marital Settlement Agreement and Parenting Plan, an uncontested final hearing must take place. At least one party must attend the hearing. At the hearing, the party who is present will provide the Judge with proof that he/she meets the residency requirements and will confirm other information that the Judge needs before entering the Final Judgment such as that the agreements were signed by the parties voluntarily and that same is in the best interest of the child(ren).
It seems that you are the Petitioner in your divorce proceedings (i.e., you filed for divorce). Usually the Petitioner is the one who attends the Final Hearing. You must attend so that your divorce is finalized and obtain a Final Judgment signed by the Judge. You should have a proposed Final Judgment with you which states the typical information (i.e., date of marriage, marriage irretrievably broken, residency requirement, jurisdiction, reference to the agreement entered, etc.). Make sure you bring to the Final Hearing a copy of the agreement signed by you and your husband, copy of the Answer & Waiver. You will be asked for your driver's license or ID to verify that you have been a resident of Florida for at least 6 months prior to the filing of the Petition. You will also be asked if the agreement was entered into voluntarily, etc. This hearing usually takes less than 10 minutes. Good Luck.
The hearing is required and normally the petitioner attends. Florida requires 6 months residency to get divorced here, so you'll be required to show proof of residency. The hearing is quick (5 minutes). You'll be asked some very basic questions (length of marriage, marriage irretrievably broken, etc.).
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I would find out who your judge is and when they do uncontested divorces, etc. They also might have specific rules to their courtroom that you need to follow. So make sure that you go online and do your diligence to make sure that you have your judgment entered timely. Good luck.
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