In an uncontested divorce case in Maryland, the plaintiff needs to appear in court to testify. The Court of Appeals once issued a rule that allowed for summary judgment in divorce cases so no one would have to appear. However, the Legislature felt that divorce should be treated as a more serious matter, and so it passed the following law in 1984:
Oral testimony required for final decree. In an action for alimony, annulment, or divorce, a final decree may not be entered except on oral testimony by the plaintiff in a hearing before an examiner or a master or in open court. MD Family Law Article, Section 1-203(c).
The defendant need only appear if he or she wants to do so. You will need to bring a witness with you to corroborate the facts of your divorce.