It is not advisable to file for divorce without an attorney, especially if you have children or any assets to be divided. When the parties are in agreement with the divorce as well as all the terms, dissolution of marriage can be filed. Both parties must attend the hearing. Sometimes, when you file for a divorce, the abuser will not come to the hearing. The court will grant an uncontested divorce. Often, abusers want to control the situation so they are likely to obtain attorneys to protect their legal interests or counter the divorce.