What are the benefits of mediation?

Video Transcription: Ninety percent of cases are actually resolved in mediation. You and I will meet in one room and most of the time, the other attorney and their client will meet in a separate room and the mediator will then go back and forth between both rooms to try and come up with an agreement. Most of the time, one spouse starts with this type of idea where they think they want to be and so does the other spouse. So through the mediation process, we compromise to the point where we can both live with something that we…

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Texas Legislative Updates In Family Law September 2015

Texas Legislative Updates In Family Law September 2015

The following is a list of House Bills and Senate Bills that have caused changes, effective currently unless otherwise noted, in the area of Family Law: House Bills HB 826.  This bill amends Section 105.006 (e-2) of the Texas Family Code to require additional mandatory language in orders that orders child support.  The orders are now to include a boldface statement in capital letters that outlines the circumstances under which the court may modify a child support order. HB910.  This bill amends the law to permit the carrying of handguns that are not concealed.  Numerous provisions in the Family Code were…

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Why Choose A Board Certified Attorney?

Why Choose a Board Certified Attorney?

Why choose a Board Certified attorney over a non-Board certified attorney in the state of Texas? There are several reasons why choosing a board certified attorney could mean a better experience for the client and a more favorable outcome for their case.  Becoming a Board Certified attorney requires that an attorney in the state of Texas to have practiced law for at least five years, with a minimum of three years in the specialty area. After passing an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges the attorney must take and pass a 6-hour written certification exam, the attorney is required to…

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How Does Immigration Status Affect Divorce Cases in Texas?

The state of Texas and the Texas Family Code do not mandate that a person be a citizen of the United States to receive a divorce or pursue a custody case. The only residency requirement is that a person must have resided in the state of Texas for the previous six months and resided in the county of filing for the previous 90 days. There is no distinction in the Texas Family Code between a legal or an illegal resident. A court will not consider immigration status when awarding child custody, child support, property division, spousal maintenance, or any of…

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What do you wear to court for trial?

The idea of appearing in court to testify in a contested divorce or other family law matter can be terrifying for an involved party. A lot is on the line, including custody of children or property, and a person needs to put their best foot forward, both literally and figuratively. While the family law court system is decidedly more casual than other systems such as civil litigation or federal courts, it is important that litigants dress in an appropriate manner. Here are some tips for what to wear at a typical contested hearing, whether it’s for a divorce, child custody case, or any other family law issue.

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When Do You Need a Family Lawyer?

There is no denying that family life can get tough. For these difficult situations, sometimes it’s necessary to call upon the assistance of a legal professional who has experience in dealing with family issues. Divorce is the most common reason why people hire family lawyers in Houston, but it is certainly not the only one.

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Ten Tips For Testifying at Trial

If you have an attorney, you should meet with them prior to trial to discuss what topics will be addressed during testimony and the attorney should give you tips or provide you with materials that will help you prepare for testifying. Many times in a family law case, testimony revolves around specific events and dates. It can be helpful to create a timeline of these events and times to review prior to testifying so you can clearly remember these facts.

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The Role of an Amicus Attorney

While a  divorce or custody battle can certainly be an emotionally trying time for both parties, it can be especially hard on children. Young kids may not be able to fully understand why these changes are happening. If they do comprehend the situation, they may feel hurt, or even as if they are to blame. It is vital for parents to keep the best interest of their children in mind at all times during this process. While a family lawyer in Houston, TX can certainly help in this situation, there are situations that require an amicus attorney to step in…

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What Kind Of Situations Demand A Family Lawyer?

What Kind of Situations Demand a Family Lawyer?

When you need a lawyer, it is critical that you hire the right one for the job. There are many different types of law practitioners, and you need to find someone who has the specialized skills and resources to help you to obtain the best possible results. Family law deals with domestic relations and family-related matters, so when you look for lawyers in Houston, consider hiring a family lawyer if necessary. Here are some of the common types of cases that fall under family law. Divorce In the state of Texas, going through a divorce can be a long and…

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