If, in an Application for Divorce (other than a case started by a joint Application):
(a) no Response has been filed;
(b) at the date fixed for the hearing, there are no children of the marriage within the meaning of subsection 98A(3) of the Act;
(c) the applicant has requested that the case be heard in the absence of the parties; and
(d) the respondent has not requested the court not to hear the case in the absence of the parties;
the court may determine the case in the absence of the parties.