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I had filed an Enforcement action (final decree of divorce

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I had filed an Enforcement action (final decree of divorce (Texas)) against the ex back in April 2009. On December 8, 2010 the parties closed their arguments. However instead of the Judge making a ruling he announced he was taking the matter under advisement. To date being March 31, 2011 (113 days later) said Judge has not made a ruling. It is my understanding a there is a 90 day cap on matters under advisement. What type of action or pleading should I file with the court to move this along?

It's always difficult when the judge sits on a ruling for an extended period of time; on the one hand, you want to get the ruling in a timely fashion, on the other hand, you don't want to upset him. My suggestion would be to file a motion for clarification. The body of the motion could go something like this:


  1. On December 8, 2010, the parties concluded the closing arguments in this matter.
  2. At that time, the court indicated that it was taking the matter under advisement.
  3. Based on the court's statements, the undersigned presumed that a ruling would be forthcoming in the very near future.
  4. As of the writing of this motion, the undersigned has not yet received a ruling from the court.
  5. The undersigned is seeking direction as to when a ruling will be forthcoming and/or if the court is in need of something additional from the parties to issue a ruling.


Send the motion to the judge, the mere receipt of the motion may trigger a response. Otherwise, simply set it for a hearing.


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