Monthly Archives: June 2012

Why Does The Ramos Law Firm Charge A Consultation Fee?

The primary reason we charge for attorney consultations is customer service. Our goal is to provide the highest level of service possible while keeping attorney fees under control.

Years after opening our doors, we found that free consultations were negatively affecting the level of service we were able to provide to our clients. During this time we unable to timely respond to client inquiries and in some cases had to start setting trial dates further out to allow the firm to better prepare for each case. While a short delay is the better option than going to trial unprepared, we felt that to provide better service we needed to expedite all cases whenever possible. Continue reading

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I had a child while married but my husband is not the father.

Under Texas Law and the Texas Family Code, a child born during a marriage is presumed to be the child of the husband and wife.  This means that the husband of the marriage is presumed to legally be the father, not the biological father. So if a woman gives birth to a child whose father is not her husband, her husband is still presumed to be the father unless additional steps are taken to adjudicate the paternity of the biological father.  Continue reading

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Help! How Do I Download My Entire Facebook Timeline For My Divorce Attorney?

In response to the technological advances we have seen in the past decade, many divorce attorneys are becoming more computer and internet savvy.  A request for a download of your Facebook profile is a fairly standard requirement. Facebook has updated its programming to enable you to download a complete history of your Facebook profile in a few simple steps. Keep in mind that the download may include deleted messages and information that you may not want to be publicly available, so please make every effort to secure the download. Continue reading

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Should I Change My Passwords When Filing For Divorce? LinkedIn?

With the news that 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords were recently leaked and the fact that internet security breaches are commonplace, the simple answer is YES.   However, simply changing your password doesn’t solve the underlying problem without an increase in the password complexity and frequency of password changes.  Yes, this means we all have to remember more complex passwords and change them more frequently but in the long run more secure passwords will keep your confidential information secure. Continue reading

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My Child’s Father Is Terrible! Can I Have His Rights Terminated?

The termination of parental rights is referred to as the “civil death penalty” because there is nothing worse a Court can do to a person than to legally and permanently remove that person’s parental rights. Because of the severity of termination, it can be difficult to have one’s rights terminated. There must be good cause for a Court to legally remove a child’s parent from its life and there is a process to completing a termination suit. Continue reading

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What Role Does Adultery Play In A Houston Divorce (Texas)?

Texas is a “no fault state” which means that a person can plead for divorce without alleging that either spouse is somehow responsible for demise of the marriage. One may allege adultery as a ground for filing divorce; however adultery is not a crime in the state of Texas. If you’re hoping your cheating spouse will face criminal repercussions for their actions, it’s not going to happen in Texas. So why would a person plead adultery as a ground for a Houston divorce? There are two main reasons: (1) in order to receive a disproportionate share of the community estate or (2) for reasons related to child custody and conservatorship issues. Continue reading

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Social Networking During a Divorce – Facebook & Google+

Social networking is a popular past time in today’s society. Facebook currently has more than 901 million active users and Twitter currently has 500 million active users.  There are countless other sites such as YouTube, LinkedIn or MySpace that serve as outlets for people to share their lives.

The chances are good that you or your spouse have a social networking account, so it is very important realize that what you post on your social networking site can have consequences on your divorce. According to a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, in the past five years 81 percent of its members had used or faced evidence collected from social media websites during divorce proceedings. Below are some tips to help you keep your social networking from having a negative impact on your divorce. Continue reading

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I Just Got Served! What Now?

Now that you have been served with an Original Petition for Divorce, you are the “Respondent” in your divorce case. As the Respondent, it is crucial that you act as soon as possible to protect yourself and avoid having a default judgment taken against you.
Once you have been served you have roughly 20 days to file an answer and make an appearance in your divorce suit. If you fail to make an appearance within the allowed time period, your spouse can go forward with a Default hearing, where often they are granted everything they request in divorce court. This means they can be awarded property and rights related to your children that you are entitled to (Child Custody).

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