When the parties in a divorce case have reached an agreement on how to end their marriage, a marital settlement agreement is drafted that reflects those terms along with a proposed judgement and parenting plan for the court to review and approve.

In some cases, particularly if neither party is represented by an attorney, the Court will conduct a brief hearing to review the settlement and enter judgment.

The hearing is typically brief, less than a half an hour. Both parties are sworn in and then asked to confirm the terms of their agreement and that they would like the judge to enter the judgement and approve the settlement agreement.

One advantage of hiring an uncontested divorce attorney, is that most courts will skip the settlement hearing as long as at least one party is represented and both parties submit an affidavit to the court asking for the judge to conclude the case.