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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:The appellant, William Edgar Dempsey Sr., appealed a protective order granted in favor of Irma Delgado Dempsey. The protective order was granted based on appellee’s allegations of family violence by appellant, which arose during the proceedings in the parties’ divorce action. In five issues, appellant complained that the trial court abused its discretion in finding appellee’s testimony credible, erred in finding family violence on global allegations, and erred in denying his motion for a continuance. HOLDING:The court finds that it lacks jurisdiction and dismisses the appeal. The court begins by pointing out that a judgment is final and appealable if it disposes of all parties and all issues. The court states that a protective order granted while a divorce action is pending between the same parties is not a final judgment because it does not dispose of all issues in the case and must be classified as an unappealable interlocutory order. Because the protective order in this case was issued while the divorce was pending, the court concludes that it is an unappealable interlocutory order and, consequently, the court has no jurisdiction to hear the appeal. OPINION:Chew, J.; Barajas, C.J., McClure, and Chew, JJ.

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