The Divorce Process in El Paso, Texas: From Beginning to End

Closing Documents and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

In many divorce cases, the final decree is not enough to get the job done. Various documents are sometimes needed to complete the division of property and debt.

For example, if the cars are titled in the name of both spouses, each spouse needs to execute a power of attorney, giving the other spouse the right to sell or transact other business regarding their car.

If one spouse is awarded the house, the other spouse should execute a special warranty deed and a deed of trust to secure assumption. Click here for more information on assumptions.

If retirement accounts are being divided, it is often necessary to draft and execute a Qualified Domestic Relations Order, abbreviated QDRO and pronounced "quadro" by most attorneys and judges. QDROs can be complicated. It is not uncommon for a lawyer to have to revise a QDRO several times and submit each revision to the court for signature. This is due to the fact that different retirement plan administrators change or are sometimes inconsistent with their requirements for a QDRO.

Because of this, the fee you pay for your divorce usually does not include the fee for drafting and obtaining finalization of a QDRO. In general, you should expect to pay $700 to $1,000 for each QDRO needed.

Jim K. Jopling
Attorney at Law
747 East San Antonio, Suite 103
El Paso, Texas 79912

(915) 541-6099

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(866) 864-6854