If you are going through a divorce, you know exactly how difficult and exhausting that is. Once you have made your way through the divorce process, there is the final step of the divorce prove up hearing, which may sound daunting but is generally nothing to worry about. Once you understand what will happen at your prove up hearing, it should help put your mind at ease.
The Prove Up Hearing
In Texas, a prove up hearing is used to finalize a divorce case and to enter the final divorce decree. If you and your divorcing spouse are able to hammer out all the details of your divorce in a manner that you are both willing to sign off on, you will ultimately bring your divorce terms before the court for the court to finalize. This does not, however, mean that you and your spouse need to begin on the same page. In fact, many divorcing couples go through a variety of important steps before they come to mutually acceptable terms, including:
- Negotiating between themselves
- Having their respective divorce attorneys negotiate on their behalf
- Attending mediation with their respective divorce attorneys and having a professional mediator (a neutral third-party) help them hammer out workable compromises
While coming to terms with your soon-to-be ex may not be simple, it allows you to remain in control of your divorce terms. Most people consider this preferable to having the court make their important divorce decisions for them.
The Important Elements of Your Divorce
The issues that you and your divorcing spouse will need to resolve before your divorce can be finalized include:
- Decisions related to the division of your marital property
- Decisions related to your child custody arrangements
- Decisions related to child support and spousal support (alimony)
Each of these decisions is important to your post-divorce future and should be taken into careful consideration.
Your Divorce Prove Up Hearing
Once you and your spouse have finalized your divorce decisions, you will be able to move forward toward finalizing your divorce with a prove up hearing. The courts have specific times set up for hearing matters that have already been agreed upon, and this means that you will not need to go through the often-lengthy process of scheduling a hearing. Instead, you and your divorce attorney will choose a mutually convenient time slot with your assigned judge. The basic process will involve you answering a few questions that you probably already know the answers to and that will very likely confirm the court’s decision to enter your decree of divorce. Rest assured that this probably will not be anything more than a legal formality, and after a bit of clerical work, you could leave with your final decree in hand.
An Experienced Attorney Can Help
Brett Pritchard is a dedicated divorce attorney who is committed to helping you obtain the least complicated divorce possible. We are on your side, so please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.