I have a contested final hearing. How do I prepare? Printer-friendly version The contested final hearing is a formal court hearing (like the interim hearing, if you had one). The Judge (or Magistrate where child support is the only issue) listens to both sides, then issues a final order. You may give your own testimony and present witnesses and documents. You may cross-examine the other party. The court rules of evidence and procedure apply. Watch our Divorce Hearing Videos to prepare for this formal court hearing Dos and Don'ts Preparing for the Hearing Hearsay Rules: The Basics Final Tips The Magistrate (or Judge) may tell you on the day of the hearing what the final order will say. Or you may receive it in the mail after it has been drafted and signed. The Order takes effect when the clerk enters it on the "court docket," usually the same day the Judge or Magistrate signs it. MORE: Common Questions Q. If the court orders that child support be paid to me, how do I collect it?