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

The Final Hearing and Decree

As mentioned earlier, your divorce case will get decided by negotiation, by the judge or by the jury. If it is the judge or the jury, you will have a trial.

If you and your spouse agree as to all terms of the final decree, you will still need a hearing. The judge needs to hear evidence that proves up the divorce

In cases involving children, the judge will review the proposed parenting plan (custody and visitation) and provisions regarding child support and medical support for the children. The judge will receive evidence regarding the agreement and make a determination that the proposed provisions regarding the children are in their best interest.

In many cases, divorce clients will go through a multi-step process in getting their divorce finalized. The first step may involve an associate or magistrate judge pronouncing the divorce from the bench. When the judge makes this pronouncement, you are divorced as of that moment. However, the decree itself might not get signed until a later date.

If the associate judge does not have the authority to sign final decrees, his or her signature will merely constitute a recommendation to the district judge. The district judge will then sign the decree. For an explanation of the difference between associate judges and district judges, click here.

Sometime this process can take several months, depending upon which divorce court your case is pending in.

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

(915) 541-6099

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