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Family Law- help your lawyer help you.

Family Law- help your lawyer help you.  Like Jerry Maguire said, "help me help you".  When your family law attorney asks you for help gathering documents or other information, be attentive to that request.  For example, in a family law case, your lawyer may need documents for a temporary orders hearing. The lawyer will need your help in preparation of your Financial Information Statement which details what your monthly expenses are and the sources of your income.  Only you know what it costs you to live each month and how much cash you have available for that purpose.  When your lawyer asks you to compile this F.I.S., get it done promptly so you and your lawyer can discuss it together.  In particular, be accurate in your estimations of your monthly expenses.  You may well have to justify each and every one to a judge. So, getting it prepared quickly helps your lawyer help you.

Why do you need a family law attorney?

Why do you need a family law attorney?  After all, there are forms available on line and all you need do is fill in the blanks.  A problem with forms is they often need to be tailored to fit the circumstances.  Another problem with forms is the forms often do not apply.  I saw an instance where a person asked which forms should she take to court in 60 days when she was going to have a hearing on child custody.  When you have a contested hearing, you should take a lawyer with you. There are appropriate forms such as a financial information sheet, a proposed parenting plan, and an exhibit list which may be necessary to help the judge.  But, you need a lawyer to present your case.  

Protective Orders in Family Law and other cases

Protective Orders are not just available in Family Law cases. It's pretty well common knowledge that the Texas Family Code has provisions for a protective order if the court finds that family violence has occurred and is likely to occur in the future.  In Harris County, there is one specific family law court that handles all applications for protective orders.  Family violence is an assaultive offense against a family member or a person with whom you have a dating relationship.  Any court in Texas with family law jurisdiction may enforce a protective order. Chapter 85 of the Family Code deals with these family violence protective orders.

Update on Family Law Courts

Update on Family Law Courts after Harvey, thanks to Judge Sylvia Matthews: The District Clerk's Office issued jury summons for jury service to resume on October 16, 2017.   Civil District Courts, Probate Courts, and Civil County Courts are not calling Jury trials through the end of October.  The family courts, juvenile courts and criminal coruts will be the priority for jury calls in October.

Temporary Orders in Family Law Cases in Harris County

Temporary Orders in Family Law Cases in Harris County are a large part of a court's family law docket. Once a divorce is filed, questions arise: who will live in the house, who will pay what bills, will one spouse receive temporary spousal support from the other, where will the children live, what rights will the parents have regarding the children while the divorce is pending, how much child support will be paid, what visitation will the parents have.  These are examples of what a family law court will have to decide once a divorce case is filed.

update on Harris County Courts

The full division of Family Trial Courts are open and operational today, including uncontested dockets, ancillary dockets and already scheduled trial dockets.  Call the court in which your case is set to determine start time.

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Houston Top Divorce Lawyers W. Tyler Moore [email protected] 713-929-2242

W Tyler Moore is consistently rated among Top Houston Divorce Attorneys by H Magazine.  Over 40 years experience winning child custody suits.  One of 47 Attorneys in TEXAS with Board Certifications in Civil Trial Law and Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Let him help you through your divorce or custody modification.  Located at 5005 Woodway, Suite 201, Houston, TX 77056 - just off the West Loop.  713-929-2242.   [email protected]

When may a Texas court deviate from child support guidelines?

It goes without saying that raising a child in Texas costs money. Between the basic necessities of life, educational expenses, medical expenses and entertainment expenses, most parents try to provide their child with the highest quality of life they can afford.

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