Dad & Daughters Divorce AWOL Wife - Bexar County, Texas

Bexar County Courthouse, San Antonio Texas

Judge Stephanie Walsh
I was especially excited about reviewing divorce cases in Texas because I was told that the courts favored husbands and treated wives as chattel, having little to no rights during the divorce process.  Another learning experience, I assumed that all courthouses functioned the same.  Meaning that once I reviewed the court calendar, found a case for review, then I could appear at the listed court room. That is not the case with Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas. 

The morning calendar was quite full; I decided to attend afternoon court to avoid the morning traffic.  With my daughter in tow, we drove around the courthouse a couple of times, locating street parking in front of a beautiful red brick historic building. Approaching the stairs, filtered in through security, we noticed it was quite sparse. The sheriffs were very nice, talkative, reminding me of that good ole Texas hospitality. 

Finally, room 109. I’m always excited about what I might find in the courtrooms. So every visit is a different experience, e.g., the type of parties, cases, aesthetics, the judge’s demeanor, attorneys behavior (if present), bailiffs attentiveness, etc., Room 109 was much larger than most courtrooms I’ve visited in California. I located seating on a bench in the corner where it’s easy for me to remain incognito, spread out, yet able to hear well enough. 

As I quickly prepare to take notes, it appears the judge is in the middle of a conference so I was unable to hear or understand the conversation.  One by one, several litigants are called to approach the bench, all requesting translators. I suppose the microphone was turned off because we were unable to hear the details of the cases. I was an earshot away, but still difficult to hear the details of the cases. The clerk asks the parties a series of questions pertaining to protective orders and divorce; most of their responses were “No.”

I realize that patience is a necessity when attending any courtroom hearing, but I became a bit frustrated trying to listen and retain enough quality information to share with you for Family Court Friday. I didn’t want to waste much more of my time, hoping to gain an understanding, so within a few moments I followed a Bailiff out of the courtroom to inquire about the procedures.

After the Bailiffs' advice I returned inside, sat on the bench when the judge announced, “We are beginning the 10:30am court. I apologize for the delay.  These two pillars are not my friend and if you cannot see me than I cannot see you”. Judge asks, “Is Mr. Holmes here, Mr. Watson?” An attorney stands and responds, “I heard you ask for Mr. Watson, I’m neither”.

It’s been approximately an hour-and-a-half I’m surveying the courtroom noticing it’s less and less populated, worried that I am not going to retrieve the substantial content that I need.  I walked out of the courtroom, noticed some people standing in the foyer.  I walked up to a young woman with a child, “Are you here for a divorce”.  She bluntly responded in her “don’t come up to me tone, “No””.  Still looking around I am not seeing anyone, then out of my peripheral vision (side eye), I notice an attractive guy, with two little girls.  I followed as he entered the glass doors, into the foyer, and into courtroom 109.

Taking a seat, on the front bench, I was anxious to hear his case, not sure why?  However, I was.  The judge called, “Mr. Marcus …. “ he approached the bench with those two cute little girls and the clerk began asking “the questions” same as above.  The judge granted Marcus’ divorce.  OMG! Now I’m really confused so you know what April had to do…

Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
Texas 1434195395937968234

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  1. Nice work April, keep exposing weeknesses and strengths of our court system.



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