The 245th Divorce Court of Houston Texas is located at 201 Caroline, 15th Floor Houston, Texas 77002. The Courts website may be found here. You may check your case with the district clerk. The pleading filed in your case usually may be viewed at the district clerk website. The 245th will only have you file if you have filed an active pleading. Even so, they usually will not pull your file and advise you of the pleadings contained therein.
Judge Roy Moore is the presiding judge with Judge James Cooper serving as his associate. Uncontested start at 8:30 am with contested divorces starting at 10:00 am. In this court the associate judge will frequently hear trials in the jury deliberation room. The meditation prior to temporary orders is required in all the cases, sole exceptions being the cases when the court waives them. Also, meditation prior to the final trial follows the same previous aspects. The court also encourages and recommends parenting classes, although they are not necessarily required. Name changes can be done daily, on the uncontested docket.
In the case of pre-trials, Jury trials will require them and may be set by the Judge based on the complexity of the cases. The issuance of scheduling orders will be managed in a maximum term of 6 months after filing the original petition, and will be done by the coordinator. The DWOPs will receive their first notice after 6 months unless any service or waiver is filed having no activity. The necessity of using parental coordinators or facilitators is very rare.
Regarding the cases where the children’s preference is involved or the children need to be interviewed in a chamber, they will strictly follow the statute. The interviews are frequently taken after the conclusion of testimony. Preferential settings can be made if they respect the following. The case will be set for every Judge, in every week. Judge Moore is available Monday to Friday, and Judge Cooper will have activity on Wednesday and Thursday. The schedule can be broken in case of prior arrangements made for a court reporter or if a reporter has been delayed.
The motions for continuance get the first trial setting on agreement. As the case becomes older, these motions will be harder to obtain in time. Also, amicus appointments are favored by the court in very severe cases, with high conflict. The appointment is made at the moment when the facts or conduct of both parties deserve one.
The docket is always on time. This court is considered efficient. A form is required by this court no other court uses. It is termed information required under section 105 of the Texas family code. Also the court requires a pink sheet verifying certain forms prior to an entry.
Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce and family law attorney who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases. Mike, frequently appears in the 245th court at least once a week,. He is familiar with the policy and procedures of this Houston Texas Divorce Court 245th Harris County. Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks. Please call with your family law or divorce questions.
Michael Busby Jr.
2909 Hillcroft Suite 350
Houston, Texas 77057
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