The 308th Divorce Court Houston Texas website may be found here. You can check on your case at the district clerks website located at district clerk. This court is located at 201 Caroline in the New Civil Building on the 8th floor. The phone number is (713) 274-4600.
Practicing law in the 308th Judicial Court of Harris County Texas
Judge Lombardo is the presiding judge with Judge Alyssa Lemkuil serving as his associate. Judge Lemkuil replaced Judge Ramos who recently returned to private practice. Uncontested divorces are heard from 8:30 am to 9 am. Docket is called at 9 am. Docket call in this court is rarely, if ever, late. Mediation is required before all temporary orders hearing and also before final trial. For temporary orders parties are given 45 minutes to present their case. This court brings cases to trial within 5 months. Hearings in this court are usually given with at least 8 days notice. This court was considered not efficient at the end of Judge Demeter term. With the passing of Judge Demester, and the swearing in of Judge Lombardo, the logistics of the court have greatly improved. Judge Lombardo follows almost all of the statutory presumptions for conservatorship and property. He is not known as a punitive judge. Parenting classes are necessary according to the local rules, but under certain circumstances they can be postponed. For name changes, the file will need to contain criminal check. Jury trials are the only cases when a pre-trial will be solicited. The Court approves issuance of scheduled orders.
In case the moving party will not show for trial, it will be dismissed without prejudice. The Court will accept a use of parental coordinators or facilitators is both sides agree on this aspect. For the cases involving children’s preferences and interviewing children in chambers, an appointment must be made with the court coordinator or Associate Judge J. It is forbidden to bring the children to Court without an appointment.
Preferential settings for cases will be set regarding individual particularities of the case. If there is the need of motion for continuance, the agreed continuance will be faxed towards the coordinator. Any opposed motions will have to go through a hearing first, before the date of the trial. The Court always agrees for Amicus appointments in adoption cases. Also, the Amicus can be allowed in cases where custody or possessions are disputed.
About the Author
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 308th court at least once a week,. He is familiar with the policy and procedures of this Houston Texas Divorce Court 308th 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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