Your Texas Divorce: When Is It Finalized?

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If you are going through a divorce, the goal is to get to the other side, which makes the matter of finalization very important. Ultimately, your divorce is not finalized until the court says it is, but better understanding what this means can help immensely. If you are facing a divorce, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced Copperas Cove divorce attorney in your corner. (Read more about the importance of a divorce lawyer in certain circumstances)

The Terms of Your Divorce

In order for your divorce to be finalized, you will need either to negotiate all the divorce terms that apply to your situation or for the court to intervene on your behalf (if you and your divorcing spouse are unable to reach a consensus on every applicable term). The terms in question include (as applicable):

Once you have a decision regarding each of these terms that applies, you will be ready to move forward toward finalizing your divorce.


If you and your divorcing spouse are not able to come to mutually acceptable terms for each category that applies (with the professional guidance of your respective divorce attorneys), there are other options available, and one of them is mediation. At mediation, a professional mediator who is a neutral third party will help you explore your options, consider alternatives, and – if successful – reach a compromise that you are both willing to sign off on (in relation to whatever terms remain unresolved at this point). If you are able to iron out all of your remaining differences in mediation, it signals that it is time to move forward toward finalization.

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Your Divorce Terms

You cannot move forward with finalizing your divorce until you have every divorce term that applies resolved – regardless of whether you negotiate them between yourselves, you negotiate them in mediation, or the court makes the determinations for you. In the end, this is not an all-or-nothing proposition – you may resolve some of the terms between yourselves, and others may be determined by the court. Once you do have every term that applies to your divorce negotiated, you will be ready to move forward with finalization.

Your Divorce: The Final Stage

Finally, either you or your soon-to-be ex’s divorce attorney will commit your settlement terms and/or the judge’s ruling to paper. From here, your terms will become part of your divorce orders, which are important to read carefully to ensure they comport with the details you have negotiated. Once you, your divorcing spouse, and the judge sign off on these orders, your divorce will become final. (Click here to read FAQs about Texas divorce)

Do Not Put off Consulting with an Experienced Copperas Cove Divorce Attorney

Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard – proudly serving Copperas Cove, Texas – is a practiced divorce attorney who is committed to helping clients like you obtain beneficial finalized divorce terms. We are here to help, so please do not wait to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.


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