If the couple came to an agreement, then they typically go in front of the judge and they put the agreement on the record. What that means is the attorneys will discuss openly the agreement and it will be discussed on the record. There are a number of questions, questions that are going to be asked. Things like if they are under any kind of duress or coercion when signed, did they enter into the agreement freely and voluntarily, if they understood agreement and if on any kind of medication that would affect your ability to understand the agreement. Those are some basic questions that the court will inquire of the people who were involved in a divorce action.
Once the agreement is presented, the court will have to make a decision as to whether to approve the agreement or not approve it. Usually, the courts will approve it unless it’s something really outrageous. Oftentimes couples are surprised to learn that they can come to an agreement on the date of the hearing, the final hearing or even sometimes the temporary hearing. However, it’s usually in one’s best interest to prepare as if they’re going to have a contested hearing just in case this does happen.