At a divorce trial or hearing, a Judge typically does not ask many questions. In fact, a Judge doesn’t have to ask any questions. The attorneys are supposed to ask all the questions.
However, there are times that a Judge may ask a clarifying question. For example, if you are asked what you do for a living, and you answer “engineer”, the Judge may ask what kind of engineer or what an engineer does.
If there is a signed divorce agreement, then the Judge will probably do an allocution of the parties. An allocution is done so that the Judge knows that you entered into the divorce agreement on your own free will and that you fully understand the agreement. The Judge will ask a series of questions, some of which may include:
- Do you understand the agreement?
- Did anybody force you to sign the agreement?
- Did your attorney explain the agreement to you?
- Are you satisfied with the agreement?
- Are you currently under the influence of drugs/alcohol that would impair your ability to understand the agreement?
- Is that your true signature?
If you are just appearing for a court conference (and not a trial/hearing), especially in the beginning of your divorce, a Judge may ask you more questions. For example, the Judge may want to know: (i) if you have children; (ii) the children’s ages; (iii) if you own a house; (iv) if you have a mortgage; (iv) what you do for a living; and (v) your general income.
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