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Pearson v. Fillingim, 10-0013

In plaintiff's petition to clarify the original 1981 divorce decree with respect to the mineral rights he alleged were gifts to him from his parents during the parties' marriage and a suit for declaratory judgment that the four mineral rights deeds were his separate property at the time of the 1981 divorce, the court of appeals' affirmance of the trial court's judgment in favor of the plaintiff is reversed as, the trial court lacked jurisdiction to alter the original divorce decree and the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court's declaration that the deeds were plaintiff's separate property as a final, unambiguous divorce decree that disposes of all marital property bars litigation.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/14/2011
  • Published 01/14/2011



  • Supreme Court of Texas


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