The person who is applying for the divorce normally has to attend court for the Decree Nisi hearing.
If your partner consents to the divorce, and has raised no objections about the content of your petition, they don’t have to attend court.
(If, on the other hand, they contest the petition, they’ll have to attend too.)
If your divorce application is being heard in the High Court, the case will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast (you’ll find the entrance beside the Bar Library).
If your divorce is being heard in the County Court, your hearing will usually be in the same court as where you filed your divorce petition.
When you arrive, you can ask at Reception for directions to the individual court where the divorce hearings are being heard that day.
It’s absolutely normal to be nervous when you are attending court, especially if you are representing yourself.
Don’t add to the stress by arriving late, or “just in time”.
Give yourself plenty of time to find the right room, to make sure you have your papers in order, and just to settle your nerves and get your bearings.
Don’t be afraid to ask court staff (ushers, etc) questions if you have any.
If you are using a solicitor, make sure that you have a clear arrangements for where and when you are going to meet them.
Make sure you have their mobile number, just in case you run into any problems.