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

Contested vs. Uncontested

The outcome of your divorce case will be decided by one of the following:

  • You, your spouse and the lawyers negotiate and agree to the outcome;
  • The judge decides the outcome; or
  • A jury decides the outcome.

Notice what is missing from the list above: YOU deciding the outcome. If you would like to keep the divorce process as amicable and inexpensive as possible, learn this lesson fast and early. You will not decide the outcome of your divorce by yourself. Fortunately, neither will your spouse.

If you negotiate the outcome, you may always be a little bit unhappy about the result. So will your spouse. When everybody is a little bit unhappy, that usually means that the settlement was a good one. Divorces in which settlements are negotiated can range in cost from $1,500 to $5,000 or more. It depends upon how contentious and contested matters are along the way.

If the judge or jury is going to decide the outcome, plan on spending at least $5,000 for your divorce and possibly much more. Depending upon the issues contested and the personalities involved, a divorce that goes to trial can result in attorney's fees and costs that range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Also, expect delays. The El Paso divorce courts are inundated with cases. Your case will proceed according to the court's schedule - NOT according to yours.

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