At the trial of the divorce case, each party presents evidence on the contested issues in the case. Determination of the separate property of a party, division of the community property and liabilities, and determine the validity and meaning of premarital and post-marital agreements are some of the most common contested issues in a divorce case. If minor children are involved, the contested issues will include the rights and duties of each parent, who the child or children will reside with, whether child support will be paid and the amount of child support, and the time sharing schedule.

At trial, each party testifies under oath about facts that are relevant to the contested issues. Each party may also call witnesses to testify. Typically documents relevant to one or more of the issues are offered into evidence, the judge announces the decision on each of the disputed issues and pronounces the parties divorced.

After trial, the attorney for one of the parties must prepare a Final Decree of Divorce which contains the decisions that were about the issues in the case. The judge signs the Final Decree of Divorce.