After a decision is reached, whether by settlement or trial, a divorce decree is entered. This is usually a lengthy document that formalizes and finalizes all of the provisions of the divorce – including issues of property division and child custody. The decree must be drafted very carefully, because, once entered, this agreement will become the rules by which you must live and the document you must turn to if the other party does not do what they are supposed to do.
Entering the divorce decree is the fifth and final step in the divorce proceeding.
This excerpt is taken from my book, "Basics of Texas Divorce Law" and is intended to educated and assist in understanding the process of divorce in Texas.