One aspect of the divorce process that many people are unfamiliar with is the prove up hearing.
A prove up hearing in Texas is the very last step in the divorce case at which the divorce is finalized.
You have no need to be nervous or concerned before your hearing. Here, we will discuss some of the basic things you need to know about your prove up hearing.
What Is a Prove Up Hearing?
Each divorce case is different. Some end up at trial if the parties are unable to come to a final agreement about the terms of their divorce. However, oftentimes, spouses do agree on their divorce terms, either immediately or after some negotiation. This is when a prove up hearing comes into play.
The parties to the divorce will write up and file a final divorce agreement with the help of their attorneys. You and your spouse will then appear in court for the prove up hearing. Usually, Texas courts set aside time in the morning to hear uncontested dockets. Your case will be one of these uncontested dockets.
When the judge calls your case, you will stand and take an oath. Your lawyer will then ask you questions about the agreement that you and your spouse and your lawyers created.
The judge may also have follow up questions. Your lawyer will also ask you additional questions about the agreement to demonstrate to the judge that the agreement is thorough. After this, the judge will review all the filed papers in your divorce case.
Usually, the final step of a prove up hearing in Texas is the judge granting your divorce. Sometimes, the judge may require changes to the divorce agreement.
What Kinds of Questions Should I Expect?
There is no need to worry about what questions the judge will ask at your prove up hearing. Typically, judges ask basic questions about the terms of your divorce agreement. Since you and your spouse came up with the agreement, you likely know all the answers. Often, the judge will ask “yes” or “no” questions.
An attorney can help you prepare for your prove up hearing. An experienced lawyer who has been through multiple hearings can give you examples of the types of questions you are likely to hear.
Your attorney can tell you how to prepare for the hearing, and they will be at the hearing with you. It is normal to be nervous in a courtroom, but your prove up hearing is likely to be surprisingly simple. And once it is over, your divorce will be final.
Contact Us Today
If you are preparing for a prove up hearing or have questions about what to expect, call The Larson Law Office. We have represented many clients in all types of divorce cases.
Our family attorneys are dedicated to offering personalized client service. Part of this attentive and compassionate service includes answering all our clients’ questions. Our Houston divorce attorneys are here to make sure you know exactly what to expect at every stage of your divorce.