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How does the child custody work in Houston?

One of the factors that fuel a bitterly contested divorce is the children custody. No parent wants to relinquish the sole possession and management of the kids. A Houston divorce lawyer once said that divorces would not be such a big legal headache if all divorces exempted the minors. Since kids cannot be set apart in a divorce case, the Family Law has been very clear in Texas, and by extension the United States about what happens to the kids during the divorce proceedings and after the final divorce decree.

Which Parent should get Custody?

The Law is not clear who should get custody until the trial gets underway. Parents are advised to agree as this reduces the bitterness that accrues during and after the divorce. You do not want a judge to come into a custody debate. He will make both your lives a lot more difficult. Temporary orders are usually issued with regard to where the children stay and access of the children by either of the parents. This does not mean that you have custody though. What it means is that every parent has a right to access the children until the divorce is final. The children’s residence should remain the same and no parent can refuse the other parent access to the children.

What is Children Custody?

In Houston, the word custody is used to mean the primary custody by a sole managing conservator. Primary custody means that a parent has the right to decide on issues that affect the children such as residence, healthcare, schooling, holidays among others. A managing conservator is the one who makes all this decisions. Never confuse the word custody to mean the right to stay with the children. This is not what it means.

As of September 1995, the law deemed this inequitable and scrapped the sole managing conservator and replaced it with the Joint Managing Conservator to encourage agreement between the divorcing partners. What this means is that the rights are to be shared by agreement and only after inability to agree does the judge steps in to make the law provisions clear. The parents’ conservator rights are to be discussed and agreed upon. Then the agreements are supposed to be written and presented to the judge in order to be put in the final divorce decree. If the parents do not agree, the concept of standard visitation arises.

Standard Visitation

In this case, the parents are encouraged to agree on visiting schedule and then present it to the judge so that it can be part of the final divorce decree. Failure to agree brings in the concept of standard possession.

Standard Possession Order

This gives the parent who is not primarily staying with the children several rights. If the parents stay within a 100 miles radius of each other, then this parent gets:

  • 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends of every month with the children from Friday 6 PM to Sunday 6PM, or as the school timing allows,
  • One weekday night from 6PM to 8PM,
  • Alternate with the parent that stays with the kids the Thanksgiving and Spring break Holidays,
  • One week at Christmas and 30 days of summer breaks.

If the parents live beyond a 100 miles radius of each other, then the parent who do not stay with the kids get:

  • Weekdays and weekends visitations can be modified or omitted altogether
  • He/she gets all spring breaks and 6 weeks on summer school holiday.

A Houston divorce lawyer should advise you when to raise red flags about the standard possession orders. In such cases the concept of restriction above standard possession arises where a spouse may protest that the other parent cannot take good care of the kids. In such cases, the parent that does not have residence possession over the kids will be required to have possession under supervision and will not get overnight stays. Where the children are below 3 years, these rules apply automatically.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 11 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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How to modify court orders

With the help of a South Houston divorce lawyer, it is possible to modify the provisions of the final divorce decree. Note that the operating word here is ‘modify’ and not ‘change’. The burden of ‘show cause’ lies with the applicant of the modification and his lawyer. You must show that the situation of the child and that of one or both parents has changed substantially and materially. Substantially in that it will lead to the deterioration of the quality of life and materially in that the parent given the right of possession may not afford similar lifestyle as the one the child has been used to. The following are the conditions in which a court may grant a modification order.

The children have lived in another county for more than 6 months

If the children and the parent staying with them have lived in another county other than where the final divorce decree was made, either of the parent is entitled to petition the court where the decree was made to transfer the administration and enforcement of the custody, child support, and visitation to the county they are currently living. This transfer gives the county where they are currently domiciled the authority similar to the one the decreeing court had.

Either parent’s financial situation has changed materially and substantially

If the financial situation of the father or the mother has improved, regardless of whether they are staying with the child or not, either parent can petition the court through the South Houston divorce lawyer to revise the child support amounts upwards. Additionally, if 3 years since the divorce was decreed as final has elapsed and the child support amount needs to be revised upwards with additional $100, and the child support guidelines allow this, then the parent that is staying with the child can petition the court to modify the provision of child support decree in the final divorce decree. If on the other hand the situation of the parent that pays child support has deteriorated due to factors such as being laid off, incapacitation due to accident etc., the parent can petition the court to revise the provisions of the child support decree downwards.

If a party to the final divorce decree can prove that custody and visitation provisions needs to be changed

This can only happen if; the parents are joint conservators, the child’s situation and that of one or both of his or her parents has changed substantially and materially, and if the current order has proved unworkable and both parents agree it is unworkable. Also, failure to notify the visiting spouse of change of address and inability to pick up the kids can cause the court to allow the provisions modification.

Conservator modifications can happen only to the benefit of a child

Joint conservator can change into sole management and vice versa if the child’s situation has changed materially, or if such a move is beneficial to the child or if such a move will protect the child from physical danger or emotional development impairment.

Note that all these modifications can only happen when the South Houston divorce lawyer you have hired can really show the court that the modifications are beneficial to the child.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com



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Where to get Divorced in Houston

There are any families out there that are going through a divorce. Unfortunately, within the last couple of years the divorce rate has skyrocketed. Some people just aren’t meant to be together. Sometimes marriages start out for the wrong reasons. Luckily there are lawyers available to aid in the process of separation. Houston is a huge metropolis of businesses and people who work for the law.

It would not be difficult to find a Houston divorce lawyer in Texas. There have many cases that have been settled there. Not only divorce, but criminal issues are resolved by these lawyers. There have been many celebrity criminal cases that have come out of the area. Many of these trials were watched by thousands on television. Sometimes the court cases are very dramatic and can be very entertaining. Some of these trials are so popular that the news even tries to re-cap what was said and done during these trials.

Another reputable city to would be Sugarland. Anyone who is looking to get a divorce within the Sugar Land area can find a Sugarland divorce lawyer. Many cases have been settled in this part of Houston. There are many lawyers and attorneys that can help anyone in their stressful time of need. Separating from a spouse can be a very stressful time. There are many emotions that come along with the separation process. Some of those emotions include anger, sadness, hostility, grief, regret, happiness, a feeling of being relieved, or in some cases people just don’t care. There are many people that get together for the wrong reasons.

Some people get married because they had an arranged marriage. Those marriages are usually put together by the elders of the family, may it be the grandmothers, or the fathers. Sometimes people get together because they had a surprise baby come along. Many couples feel pressured to get married by other people if they have a child before they are united by law. Or they just don’t want to deal with baby daddy or mama drama and are comfortable where they are and decide to tie the knot. This type of marriage has shown few that have lasted. Many of these marriages have been cut short due to stress, arguing and fighting. Stress that is usually caused by children. A couple needs to be able to coexist with their partner and be able to talk things out calmly like adults and listen to (not hear) what each other are saying when situations arise. As long as there is respect and trust, there should be no problem!

Bellaire is a very nice place to live for families. It is known to be very beautiful and full of beautiful people. Sometimes some of these families end up breaking up because a divorce. Many of those married couple sot out a Bellaire divorce lawyer to help them out in their separation process. If you are staying in the area and happen to be watching television, you will most likely see these lawyers posting ads in between your favorite show. They are even featured on the news channels as well.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Divorce and Attorneys

Harris county has many different professionals available to assist anyone in their time of need. Many of these professionals are attorneys and many specialize on divorce. There are many small towns in Harris county. Some of the residents that live there who are trying to go through the divorce process aren’t sure where to get started. Many of the divorce attorneys put up advertisements everywhere that they can possible list them.  Advertising can be found on bus benches, billboards, magazines, radio adds, television ads, as well as mailed adds that come to you in your mailbox. Most people toss out the adds (spam) and don’t even check to see if it is anyone that they would need assistance from. Word of mouth is the best kind of advertisement you can’t buy.

If you live in or around Houston then there are many options for someone to choose from when it comes to attorneys and lawyers. If someone lived near the 1-10 West then they would want to search for a Bunker Hill Village divorce lawyer. There are many reputable lawyers in and around that area that would love to give assistance to a couple that has decided that their relationship together just isn’t healthy and made a mutual agreement to separate for the happiness of both of them.

For a couple that lives in the southeast region of Texas, there are plenty of options as well. A married couple that lives near the Houston area and also in the Baytown area and are looking to file for divorce can look for a Deer Park divorce lawyer. This city is nicknameed “The birthplace of Texas”. This area of Houston was named after a farmer that was a former legislator and was also an adventurist from Illinois. He named it Deer park because of all of the deer he would see in the fields running around. The 2010 census recorded about 33,000 people lived in Deer park. They are known for their hospitality and warmth.

Another great place to find a great lawyer is in El Lago! Finding a divorce lawyer wouldn’t be hard at all. It wouldn’t be hard to find an El Lago divorce lawyer because there is a very large population there. There are many attorneys there that specialize in everything from traffic tickets to divorce! Any couple that wishes to terminate their marriage can do so in a timely matter and hassle free. There are many interesting things about El Lago that many people don’t know. This part of Harris County has particular historical significance because it sits on the very site that one of the most famed pirate and war hero used as a main hide-out. His name was Jean Lafitte. There is also a city in Louisiana that is named after him.

Any married couple that wants to separate for good should be very sure and go to counseling before they make a divorce official. Sometimes there is just lack of communication going on and that is where some problems may have been started. Each couple needs to understand how important it is to listen to each other (no just hear) and see what the other one is trying to get across. That is where therapy comes in. A therapist can help them figure out what the source of the problem is and possible save a couple from divorce.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

 

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Reality Bites: How to Survive Life after Houston Divorce

Picture this—you’ve been married for more than twenty years, with two wonderful children who have grown up to be the best that they could ever be. You have devoted all your life in taking care of your husband and your kids. Suddenly, you have found yourself in the middle of a rocky marriage. It could be due to a third party or you and your spouse simply lost the bond. Your Houston divorce lawyer strongly suggests that you file for a Galena Park divorce, a village where you’ve lived with your family for two decade. After a messy Houston divorce court procedure, everything has finally come to an end. What now?

This is the million-dollar question of many individuals, who have been married for too long, only to find out that they are with the wrong partner. What would be your next step? What are you going to do with your life? How can you survive? It is indeed extremely difficult to move on when you’ve gotten so used to the familial routine that you have been following for twenty years. Change is always a killer and it could make or break anyone.

Be Strong

If you choose to be weak, that would only lead you to a ruined life. Do you really want that to happen? Do you really want your children to see a destroyed version of you? The answer should be no. Being strong is very hard but it isn’t impossible to do. Get a grip of yourself and start doing something that you personally love. Think of this ordeal as an opportunity to think about yourself for a change. Since you’ve been taking care of other people for far too long, why don’t you start treating yourself with same courtesy that you do to your kids and ex-spouse? You totally deserve it.

Look for Emotional Support

Now this is crucial. Without the proper emotional support, coping would be slow and extremely difficult. Rekindle relationships with your family and friends. It is okay to talk about your divorce and your emotions. Give yourself a break by opening up all your feelings and just let others to take care of you. It is a wonderful release and an effective way to help you accept that, that part of your life is over and it is now time to turn the page and write a new adventure that you would be happy.

Reassess Yourself

Keep in mind that you’re single now. You’re not in a relationship. Re-evaluate yourself by thinking about the things that you would like to do in the future, without your ex-spouse in the picture. The only thing that you should care for are your kids. Explore the world, learn a new sport, or enroll into an art class. Just do something that would keep you busy and that would surround you with new people.

These are very simple things that you can do to help you survive life after divorce. It is easier said than done but you sure need to do it if you want to move on. Be happy. Be free.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 11 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com


					
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Houston Divorce 101: Resolving Problems with your Ex

So, you’ve finally finished all the proceedings in Houston divorce or Southside Place divorce. Congratulations. You’re finally free from all the heartache. Remember, this is for the best. Unless of course you wanted to spend the rest of your life feeling miserable with your now ex-spouse.

Now that you’re finally living your life without feeling angry or sad all the time due to unresolved issues, your Houston divorce lawyer suddenly calls you for some document that you would need from your ex. The problem is, you’re not ready to face your past. You think you are, but you’re not and you’ll only realize it as soon as you see your former partner. What are you going to do?

Prepare, of course. Divorce is a very difficult thing to go through, particularly if both parties aren’t for amicable settlement. That part of your life is over but that doesn’t mean that you would never see your ex again. You would eventually need to most especially if you have kids. Here are some tips to help you resolve your problems or concerns with your ex-spouse in the most peaceful and efficient manner.

Know your Faults and Accept It

One of the most common reasons why your ex is still mad at you is due to unresolved problems that you haven’t yet accepted. Be aware of the things that you have done, own it, accept it, and don’t do it again. You really don’t need to tell your ex-spouse that you’ve come to terms with your faults however, this will make things easier for you to face him without regret, anger, or bitterness.

Always Listen

Being divorced doesn’t automatically mean that you don’t have to civil with your ex. What if you have kids? Make sure you take the time to listen carefully on what he has to say. Even if you don’t believe him, it is common courtesy to let the person speak. This shows respect and would greatly reduce the risk of shouting at each other, thus leading to an amicable meeting.

Stick to the Topic

To avoid the awkwardness of not being together anymore, make everything quick by focusing on the reason why you guys needed to meet in the first place. This will prevent any conversations that might lead to anger, pain, or sadness. If you need to talk about the children, then talk about them and nothing else.

Stop the Snide Remarks

You’re angry and that’s normal. But don’t show it because it wouldn’t do any good at all. Stop being sarcastic and just concentrate on the things that you need to talk about. Your main goal is to ensure that you’ve got what you needed and that you’ve gotten it quick, without throwing things at each other.

These things are quite challenging but you need to be strong no matter what happens. Become the bigger person even if your ex is being emotional or irrational. It is all about being matured about the whole thing and moving on. Good luck.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 

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Houston Divorce: Relieving Yourself from Depression

Based on studies, divorce is actually the second most disastrous experiences in many people’s lives when it comes to family. The first one is death of a spouse or children. Although completely different from each other, both exude deep loss and grief from the life that was lived in the past. It is a harsh reality that all divorcees need to deal with and it is for this very reason why you need to find the best Houston divorce lawyer in town.

If you’re living in one of Houston’s communities such as Hunters Creek Village, filing for Hunters Creek Village divorce should also be done at the city municipality. This all goes for those who are also new in town. Just make sure that you’ve been living in the said village for at least 180 days. As for the actual divorce procedure, just let your lawyer guide you on what to do. Tell your legal counsel your preferences and he will do the best that he can to ensure that you achieve what you need and want.

Once you’re done with the divorce, it is quite normal to feel depressed. This is because you’re experiencing some sort of finality that can’t be changed. It is like an ultimatum that you need to deal with whether you like it or not. So what are you going to do? How can you shake off these feelings of doom, sadness, and bitterness? Here are some ways that you can do to overcome this problem.

Read or Knit

Now this may sound ridiculous but it actually works. You can immerse yourself in a book and just simply forget everything that you’re going through. As much as possible, read something positive and try to stay away from those novels with dark stories in it because they might give you an unpleasant idea. If you’re into books, that’s okay because you can always try knitting. By doing something productive or something different, you’re helping yourself to cope form your divorce.

Change

One of the culprits of depression is not actually divorce but it’s the big change that lurks behind it. Change is a difficult thing to do but if you accept it, it will be so much easier. Change everything. Make a new routine, enroll in new classes, and take up a new sport. Do something that you wouldn’t normally do like being friendly and meeting new friends.

Take One Day at a Time

Don’t think about the future. Think about today and go from there. Worrying about being alone in the future canned is very overwhelming besides, you’re not sure of that since it hasn’t happen yet anyway. So stop stressing over something that isn’t even real to begin with and start focusing on what you can do for yourself at the present moment.

Depression is a real thing so make sure you immediately ask a trusted loved one or a doctor to help you with this condition. Failure to do so can only make things worse. Don’t hesitate to seek emotional support and medical care if needed. Don’t ignore it.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 


					
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How to Deal with Divorce

It is normal to go through some sort of emotional difficulties before, during, and after dealing with Houston divorce procedure. Whether or not you live in one of the communities of Houston such Jersey Village, which would entail you to file Jersey Village divorce, the ordeal that you’ll be experiencing is almost exactly the same as others. It is for this reason why you have to choose the right Houston divorce lawyer because not only that he can assist you with all the required legalities, he will serve as your rock in times when emotions are high and volatile.

Furthermore, divorce proceedings can also be messy. From dividing properties to alimonies, it is a process that is a necessity but at the same time, it is a difficult situation for most individuals. This goes especially to those who are having disagreements. If you have an uncontested divorce, good for you because you got it easy. For the rest, it is an emotional and financial nightmare. Here are some effective tips that can help you cope through it all.

Talk about It

The first thing that you need to be aware of, no matter how painful it is, is that you need to talk about it. It is okay to tell others what you’re going through. Don’t hesitate to discuss this with your most trusted family and/or friends. This will be a great outlet that can release stress and heartaches that you’ve been experiencing. Keeping it inside can easily cause depression, which is often disabling. Your goal is to move on with your life and talking about it can truly help.

Don’t Wallow

Dwelling on things wouldn’t do you any good. It would only make things worse so get a grip of yourself and start making yourself busy. Although moving on can take time, you can start right away by doing the things that you love or simply burying yourself with work. Do everything that will take your mind off of things.

Exercise

Yes, you got that right. Exercising releases endorphins, which is the body’s natural pain and stress reliever. In short, being physically active can make you happy so why don’t you consider going to the gym or maybe jogging every morning. What about sports? These things can make you busy and at the same time, it can enable you to meet new friends.

Dealing with divorce requires you to be strong. It doesn’t matter where you are for as long as you have the necessary strength to cope such as your loved ones and friends. If you are really having a hard time to overcome this problem, it is a good time to finally see the world and do the things that you truly want without having to think about others. It is high time that you think about yourself. It will indeed take time but it is a chance and opportunity that you would need to take because after all, you deserve a fresh start and a happier life. Good luck.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Houston Divorce: Top Things You Shouldn’t Do

Today, more and more people are getting divorced mainly because of unresolved issues that caused the marriage to fall apart. So if you’re going through Houston divorce or Jacinto City divorce, rest assured that you’re not alone in this area. Many others are also experiencing the same thing. You just need to be strong so you can go through with this as fast as possible, with very minimal damage when it comes to your finances and emotions.

The only way that you can achieve this is to know what you need to do during the whole procedure as well as being aware of the things that you shouldn’t do. Read on to learn more about this subject.

Don’t Ignore your Emotions

Ignoring your emotions is a big no-no and don’t drown yourself with vices such as alcohol and drugs.. It is okay to feel depressed, angry, and sad. There’s nothing wrong with this feelings. They are actually normal so make sure you let yourself to feel these things. Embrace it. Accept it. This would be a great outlet too. Don’t forget to seek emotional support from your family and friends too. You will need them more than ever and their love and attention will help you cope.

Don’t Feel Guilty

Don’t blame it all to yourself. Remember, it takes two to tango. You’ve had your own faults but so does your partner. You just need to accept your mistakes and make a promise to never do it again so that history won’t repeat itself. However, it is also crucial that you are truly remorseful with your wrongdoings and that you need to accept that there are some things that aren’t meant to be.

Don’t Lose Hope

It’s not the end of the world. Always keep that in mind. So what if your life didn’t turn out the way you expected it to but that’s okay. It happens a lot so just try to move on as hard as you can. Life can be very difficult but remember, experiences like these can make you a better and more matured person, and most importantly, a stronger individual.

Don’t Make Irrational Decisions

You’re angry, you’re bitter, and you’re sad. These are some of the emotions that you would feel most especially when the reason for the divorce hasn’t been resolved with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Although this is all right to feel, it isn’t okay to make decisions during these times. That is why you need the best Houston divorce lawyer that you can really trust because they can help you make the most rational choices that will be favorable for you.

There you have it. These are the things that can truly help you with your divorce. This list can greatly make everything easier and faster too. It will also give you a chance to reassess your life, move on with it, and just be happier about everything. Sure, your marriage failed but it is better to end it rather than live a life together in misery, sadness, and so much anger.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 


					
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Effects of Divorce on Men

When looking at people who have been divorced, most of us are guilty of the stereotypical belief that women and children are hit the hardest and we don’t consider the emotional damage that the men have experienced as well. We focus on the women and children’s trauma but don’t take into account that it takes two people to reach the stage where one or the other wants a divorce.

The first problem that arises when looking at men whom have been through a divorce is that their public image is shredded. They are seen as blithe, egocentric and egotistic individuals whom have wronged their spouses and their character is thrown into a bad light. This type of generalizing is typical amongst the female population, but what a lot of people forget is that sometimes women aren’t innocent and fragile and that sometimes the weakest people have the meanest streak. Sometimes these women blackmail the men and this can happen emotionally or financially. That is why filing for a divorce is needed even when it is frowned upon by most of society. Having a divorce lawyer, no matter the circumstances of the divorce, is a necessary evil and you can get a lawyer almost anywhere [some lawyers are even categorized as a South Houston divorce lawyer or just a plain Houston divorce lawyer if you don’t want to get technical].

Furthermore, most people just assume that in a household with violence it is the women being abused, but more times than not, it is the man being abused. Perhaps not physically, but words are much more harmful than fists and leaves emotional scars and psychological harm that is not always visible to the outside world.

One of the other most common reasons for men filing for a divorce is adultery. In the 21st century it is believed that loose morals and sleeping around is not the awful thing we were taught to believe at a younger stage. With the rise to power that a lot of women claim, the same corruption occurs when it was men rising to power. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and that is applicable no matter the gender. Just because it is a woman committing adultery does not mean it should be tolerated by the husband. Divorce is a justifiable outcome [whether you are using a South Houston divorce lawyer or any other lawyer available].

A lot of the problems causing divorce may lie at the men’s feet, but women also have their part in the divorce. It is fundamentally accepted that women are more comfortable with their emotional sides than men and it should thus be recognized that divorce will have a different effect on women than men. The same can be said for divorce lawyers. A female divorce lawyer and a male divorce lawyer will have different ways of approaching things (just like a Houston divorce lawyer and a New York divorce lawyer will have different approaches].

It seems that the affect that divorce on men have been vastly underrated and that men are affected negatively by divorce just as bad as women are. The only difference is in how they show it and this has caused the assumption that divorced men are carefree and conceited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 


					
Lawyer in Houston

Why It’s a Good Idea to Have a Lawyer

These days, more and more people are falling into legal issues, without a lawyer in their corner; these people may feel helpless and alone. Even though you may think you may never find yourself in the midst of litigation, the fact of the matter is, there are all kinds of reasons you could find yourself in court. Just like you wouldn’t want to go into a boxing match without a coach in your corner, you’re not going to want to go to court without a lawyer on your side. Below are just a few reasons that you might find yourself in need of an attorney.

Reason #1: Divorce: Often time’s people get married with all intentions of that marriage lasting forever. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way. Because a marriage is a legal bond, it is best to seek the assistance of a Friendswood divorce lawyer when breaking that bond. Finding a Friendswood divorce lawyer is as easy as doing a quick search for “Divorce Lawyers in Friendswood”. When going through a divorce, your lawyer will help you prepare your case for your portion of assets, alimony, child custody, child support and more.

Reason #2: Criminal Law: In the United States, we have a pretty good criminal justice system, but it’s not perfect. Often times, consumers are falsely accused of crimes that they did not commit. In these cases, these consumers could lose their freedom for a very long time if they don’t seek the assistance of a good criminal justice attorney. A criminal justice attorney will prepare a case to be heard in front of a jury of your peers. If you are innocent of all charges, your attorney should be able to do a great job of getting the jury to see the truth.

Reason #3: Child Support: Child support is often changed throughout the life of the children the funds are designed to support. This is because there is no set cost of child support. Each family has different expenses and income. Therefore, it may take more or less for my family to support a child than it does for yours. Also, child support is based primarily on the income of the parent paying it. Therefore, if you are paying child support and your income has been reduced, you may want to seek the assistance of a family law attorney to help in the process of reducing your total child support payments.

These are just three of the thousands of reasons that you could be in need of an attorney. That being said, it is always best to have an attorney on your side. Finding an attorney that specializes in what you need is generally a pretty simple process. All you need to do is discuss your matter with friends or family. Once you’ve discussed it, ask if they know of any good attorneys that can help. If they do not, go online and search for attorneys that specialize in what you need help with.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Divorce in Houston

What to Do When You Get the Short End of the Stick in a Divorce

The process of divorce is one that no one wants to go through. It is emotional, expensive, and life altering. Unfortunately, not all divorces end on an even note. As with any other form of job, some attorneys are better at their jobs than others. Therefore, if your divorce lawyer in Southside Place isn’t as sharp as your partner’s Houston divorce lawyer, you may find yourself getting shafted in the divorce. Although this may be hard to take, it’s important to remember that old saying, “It isn’t over ’till the fat lady sings.”. There are things that you can do to force fair results.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is get a new Southside Place divorce lawyer or surrounding area. If your last lawyer didn’t do very well at making the divorce end evenly, they’re going to have a hard time if you give them second chances. At this point, it’s time to count your losses with that attorney and move on to bigger and better. This time, when searching for your next lawyer, make sure to read consumer reviews of how that attorney has helped other people. Chances are, if other people were happy, you will be too. If others were happy, chances are, you will be happy.

Once you’ve found a lawyer, you’re going to be asked what parts of your divorce were unfair and why. You’re going to want to have answers ready for these questions. For instance, if you feel that you only got 80% of assets that may be unfair. When couple’s divorce, unless there’s some kind of special circumstances, the assets should be split evenly. Therefore, you were shafted out of the other 30% of assets that you deserve.

You might feel as though child support is unfair. Let’s say that you were awarded only $400 per month in child support. We all know that supporting a child costs well over $800 per month. Between school supplies, clothes, extracurricular activities and everything else that comes along with raising a child, it could very well be a several thousand dollar per month expense. However, with only $800 per month, it may be hard to give a child everything needed for development. Because parents should split the cost of raising a child, if you’re not getting your half in child support, that may be unfair. There are all kinds of reasons that you may feel like your divorce went unfairly. And, you could very well be right.

At this point, consult with the attorney that you decide to work with. Your attorney will most likely start by setting your expectations. Although there is no guaranteed outcome in court, they may be able to give you a good idea of what is going to happen. Be honest with your lawyer and follow his or her directions each step of the way. If you do so, what you were hoping to get out of your divorce just make come through other litigation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 


					
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Divorce, a Midlife Crisis

So people believe that divorce is a good thing, helping spouses out of physical or emotional abuse, getting children away from an abusive father or mother and helping yourself to a better life away from someone else’s trouble. But is it that straightforward? The recent trend seems to be that as soon as the children are out of the house the marriage is over because the couple no longer has something in common. Isn’t marriage supposed to be about growing old together and bearing life’s trouble together?

It seems that this statement no longer holds true. If a couple stays together for the sake of the child, how healthy can their home environment be when the parents actually have nothing in common and despise each other? Is divorce then a good thing? Or is this middle age divorce caused by something far more sinister like women going through menopause and men experiencing a mid-life crisis? Is that why divorce is so popular in the middle age group? Hormones run amok and that face you one loved now turn into one you so hate? If that is the case, can medicine cure this hormonal imbalance along with a good psychiatrist?

If that is the case, our overabundance of divorce lawyers will soon need new work [like the Baytown divorce lawyer or the Houston divorce lawyer].Or is it something much simpler than that? Will a marriage last longer when the people who get married are older and more experienced with financial stability? Will marriage last longer if getting divorced were more difficult and less acceptable by society’s standards? We need to re-evaluate the moral and ethical lessons we teach our children and it we need to re-enter the area we fixed something that was broken rather than just throwing it away.

Many people that have gone through divorce comment that they wished they had worked harder at making their relationship work instead of going through the suffering that the divorce have caused. If people than in reality started working harder, would our beloved lawyers [like the Baytown divorce lawyer or the Houston divorce lawyer] be out of a job? No, they wouldn’t, because as much as we wish things were different, mistakes need to be made in order to grow from them and learn from them.

People make mistakes all the time, some make the same mistake not just once or twice, but five or six times. Is it then a bad thing making this mistake when it comes to marriage or are you giving the economy a little boost? It seems that most also focus on what benefits them and what they can get out of the divorce, instead of thinking that the spouse you are divorcing is going through the same emotional pain you are at the moment.

We need to change this trend where we just up and decide to get a divorce because of our differences and try to find common ground again, even when the children are out of the house or one person has grown personally more than the other. If we can’t even live side by side with the supposed love of our lives, I tremble in fear when I think of our children’s future and the example we’re setting for them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 

Bridgeland divorce lawyer

Steps You Should Take Before Going for a Divorce

Every relationship has its good and bad times. A marriage is supposed to be forever. But, sometimes, the love just isn’t there forever. Some families find it impossible to bring that love back and be the happy family they once were. In these instances, a divorce may be the result. However, before pursuing a divorce, there are a few things that you should do. After all, you want the marriage to work out as much as your partner does. Who knows, if you work together, maybe you can make that happen. Here’ are the steps you should take:

Step #1: Have A Heart To Heart Conversation with Your Partner: Although you may feel like it’s blatantly obvious that your relationship is moving quickly upon a bitter end, your partner may not feel that way. That being said makes sure that both parties are aware that there are drastic changes that need to be made in the relationship. Sit down with your partner and discuss your feelings. Explain what is bothering you and that you are open to working on the things that are bothering your partner. After the conversation, do everything you can to keep your word, as you will most likely be making promises during this conversation that you don’t want to break.

Step #2: Seek Marriage Counseling: If you’ve had a conversation like this and very little or nothing has changed, marriage counseling may be a viable option. Look for counselors in your area that specialize in keeping marriages together by making changes that both parties will be fond of. Bring the counseling option up to your partner and explain to him or her that it is important. If they refuse to go, tell them that they must, or you will be seeking the assistance of a Bridgeland divorce lawyer.

Step #3: Take The Counseling Seriously: You’ve decided that counseling was a viable option and even went to your first session. Now, it’s time to put the plans given to you in action. You will be given things that you should do when you are angry or upset with your partner and they will be too. Both parties should follow these instructions very thoroughly. After all, doing so may just be what saves your marriage. So, do everything you can to follow all the steps that your marriage counselor gives you.

Step #4: Find A Good Divorce Lawyer: Divorce is a legal matter. Therefore, you are going to want to find a lawyer to help you through the process if all else fails. Finding a divorce lawyer is pretty simple, just go to your favorite search engine and type, “Bridgeland divorce lawyer” into the search bar. Replace Bridgeland with your city. So, if you’re in Hunters Creek Village, use the keyword, “Hunters Creek Village divorce lawyer”. When you’ve completed your search you will be able to find several divorce attorneys in your area. Read reviews to make sure that the lawyer you end up with is good.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Divorce in women

After Effects of Divorce on Women

When looking at the status quo, it seems that women are affected by divorce worse than men are. When examining this statement it becomes clear that the reason for this is mostly because in long-term relationships children are a norm and the responsibility of caring for these children after divorce usually falls upon the females. The related stress and negative factors that should be calculated into the equation conclude that women have a much harder road to walk after divorce than men.

One of the most predominant stressors is the financial stress of caring for one or more children singlehandedly. After factoring in legal fees, child custody battles and dividing marital assets, single moms have to pay school fees, food, medical expenses, housing, water and electricity, gas and oil, insurance, car payment and any other daily expenses on their own salaries without the help of their former spouses. Women are also paid less than men and at average every women makes 70 cent to every 1 dollar a man makes. This means that divorced women have the responsibility to care for her children on a salary that is not equal to their counterparts and thus single moms have it harder than single dads. It is clear that women are more vulnerable economically than men after divorce.

America boasts about women being equal to men and as a so-called civilized country try to help other countries like Africa with gender equality. It is clear that their government thus applies a form of hypocrisy trying to change in other countries that which is not yet right in their own. It should be obvious that in big cities like Seattle and Houston the amount of struggling single moms should be few and yet it is not so.

It seems that after all the custody battles, roughly 84% become single moms and of this 84%, 79.5% of them are permanently employed while 27% of them live in poverty. Divorce is a messy business and it generally easier for women going through a divorce to go to a female divorce attorney. Going online is easy when looking for a divorce lawyer because they are rated according to their experience, their professional conduct as well as how much industry recognition they het.

An excellent illustration of the use of the internet, even if you go to your local internet café is when you research one of the best namely Houston divorce lawyer Cynthia Thomson Diggs. This ambitious lawyer has a rating of 10 and is licenced for 29 years now.  Another good example is that of Houston divorce lawyer, Cynthia Brown Tracy whom has a rating of 3.5 out of 5 for experience, 2.5 for industry recognition and 5 for professionalism.

However, if looking for a male divorce attorney, the same rules apply. A lot of the time men are personally preferred as a divorce attorney simply because of their intimidating demanding presence. The ratings show that Missouri City divorce lawyer Matthew Allen Skillern also has a rating of 10 and is an outstanding divorce attorney. Nonetheless, if you’re just looking for a normal divorce lawyer, it is easy as the attorneys are classified between average, good and exceptional. For example, Missouri City divorce lawyer John Millard has been classified as a good lawyer with a rating of 6.7.

The conclusion can be drawn that women suffer more than men when it comes to divorce and the psychological and emotional as well as the financial damage is worse for the women than for the men. This means that you need a competent divorce lawyer and with the help of the internet, you will have the necessary information at your fingertips.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Divorce in Houston

Grounds under Which a Divorce can be filed

Most people feel that divorce should come as a last resort when having marital problems and indeed it should be. You should seek counseling, mediation, ‘alone time’ during holidays and even parental intervention before calling it quits. A Houston divorce court will usually grant a divorce case based on all or any of the grounds listed below.

Adultery

Philandering is the main cause of divorce anywhere. Your Houston divorce lawyer will advise you that this is also good ground to have the larger portion of the community estate as the judge will take in the cause of the divorce during the sharing of the property.

Drug Abuse

A spouse that is addicted to alcohol or other drugs is likely to make the other suffer in terms of finances, emotional neglect, exposure to violence and diseases as well as exposing the kids to the drugs. A Houston divorce court will not hesitate to grant a divorce hearing in drug abuse cases, especially where there are children involved and all the other means of helping the drug abuse victim have failed.

Emotional Neglect

Also called inhumane treatment, a person lodging a divorce petition on these grounds has to prove to the Houston court that indeed this is the case. It is very hard to put emotional neglect in quantifiable terms. This ground is thus used together with others in order to convince a judge.

Separation of 2 Years with no children

This is a very strong ground to institute a divorce proceeding. There is no way a marriage can be alive if the parties to the marriage contract are living separately and they do not have children. The court in this case is tempted to feel that one or both of the parties to the marriage are not keen on being together.

Desertion of over one year without reasonable cause

If one of the party to a marriage has been absent for over one year and there has been no reasonable explanation, then the Houston divorce court will grant the hearing.

Conviction

One of the parties to a marriage contract can file for a divorce if the other party is serving a jail term in a penitentiary.

Pregnancy

This is almost equal to adultery when filing for a divorce. If a wife gets married when pregnant other than by her husband and without the husband’s knowledge of her condition, then the husband has a legal ground on which to file for a divorce. He cannot be forced by the court to bring up a child he has not fathered and whom he was not aware of when getting married.

Impotency

If one of the parties to a marriage feels that the other spouse is biologically unable to become a parent, then he/she may file for a divorce. However, the court usually advice the partners to adopt a child before considering divorce. In itself, impotency is not a legal ground for divorce in Houston unless the party afflicted knew of it and did not inform his/her partner at the time of marriage.

Other grounds include; attempt on the life of a spouse, refusal to support the other spouse, inability to reconcile within 2 years after a separation decree among others.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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Mediators listed Houston

Houston divorce and family law mediators

My name is Michael Busby. I am a divorce and family law attorney who practices in Harris and Ft. Bend County Texas. Most of the mediators listed are older attorneys who rely primarily on referrals. Some have websites but most do not and for the most part, spend very little on advertising. This list is not meant to grade in numerical order which mediator is the best. This list is meant to inform the client who may have a mediation set with one of these mediators as to the process and procedures that this mediator uses to conduct the conference. Your lawyer may not be experienced or may have not updated you prior to start of the mediation what to expect, as a result, I have post this blog for information purposes to give you some biographical information on the mediator and the logistics used by that mediators for your mediation.

Jane Joseph

Jane Joseph $300 per party
Phone number is (713) 861-9300
1706 Patterson St Houston, TX 77007
Jane is short but gets to the point very quickly. She books up fast and meditates 2 to 3 cases per day. She has settled over 6,000 cases. She has a building behind the Cadillac Bar. If you have a truck, park on the street. She has some parking for compact and mid size cars. She typically mediates downstairs. When you mediate at night, she will buy the parties dinner. My office has mediated about 80 times with Jane.

Rick Ramos

440 Louisiana St
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 489-5656
Former associate Judge in 308th of Harris County. Well liked and respected. About $600 per party. I have had some cases with Rick and also used him for mediation. He knows all the judges and their policies. He appears 3 to 5 times a week in court. If you have highly contested facts, it is good to have someone who has been in front of judge on your issue. He gives an objective opinion based on experience and is trusted both as mediator and attorney.

Carol Stiith

3730 Kirby Dr.
Houston, Texas 77098
(713) 807-7580
This guy is a former Houston Oiler, he is married to the former Judge in the 247th. He is maybe late 60’s but went to law school late in life, maybe 15 years as a lawyer. Will come to your office. About $350 per party. Carol is about 6 foot 6 inches and very fit. Carol’s wife is somewhat smaller than Carol, maybe she is 5 foot 2 inches. The wife has a temper and can be excited much quicker than Carol. Most of the time he is very passive and non-aggressive. I have always thought this very helpful with a female client who needs a strong man or a father/husband who is very possessive and controlling. By his appearance in the room, and demeanor, he can cool off a hot situation with three to four paragraphs of the spoken word and usually get the parties to agree to terms. Carol also does Amicus work for many of the courts. He takes on some new cases and appears 3 to 5 times a week in court. He will know how the judge will rule based on your facts.

Sarah Razavi Zand

3100 Richmond Ave, Suite 250 Board Certified Family Law
Houston, Texas 77098
Phone number (713) 396-0227
$450 per party
Ms. Zand is Persian and Speaks Farsi.  She is younger than most of the mediators on this list.  Do not let her age deter employing this mediator.  She has been out ten years and is one of the smartest and wittiest lawyers in the courthouse. I use her for most of my middle Eastern and Indian clients.  She has settled some very difficult cases for me, that I doubt another mediator in Houston would be able to get the parties to come together.  She also appears several days per week in the courthouse.  She knows  all the judges and the court staff.

Elaine Shelton

Ellen Shelton $500 per party Board Certified Family Law
Former Judge, well liked, no nonsense. (832) 540-8000

Judge Shelton was the former associate judge in the 311th and also 312th Family Courts of Harris County. She served under Doug Warne and also David Farr. She was a hard ass when it came to procedure. She is seldom late and always ready. I do not believe she maintains an office and she relies primarily on referrals. She retired from the bench sometime in 2012. She started mediations right away. Judge Shelton files up fast. You would have to book your mediation about a month out. She will come to your office and I think she also does mediations out of the Greenway Mediation Center in Houston on Mercer Road. Judge Shelton is respected and trusted.

Fran Brochstein

Fran Brochstein $300 per party
8978 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77054
(713) 847-6000 Voice
(713) 805-9591 Cell
Fran has been working with families for years. She has mediated thousands of cases. She will do her best to make sure you understand the costs and time required to try a case and why settlement outside of court is ideal. She frequently is appointed as a mediator by the judges when the parties cannot agree. She was a warm and caring personality. She has mediated with over ½ of the Judges in Harris county when they were practicing lawyers. She knows the judges and the outcomes based on your facts at trial. Fran is trusted and well respected.

Frank E. Freeman

6 Treadwell Court
Spring, TX 77381
Phone: 713-829-0768
Board Certified Family Law

I have mediated about 10 cases with Frank. He charges about $300 per party. If you want a board certified mediator, Frank would be the cheapest I could find. Frank has some side line business legal insurance for family law. Frank is good, well respected. Seems he appears less in court these days, but has 30 years of practice in family law behind him. He does not excite very easily and will explain the process and likely outcomes to the parties based on his projections of hearing your facts.

Bruce Wettman

440 Louisiana, Suite 2080
Houston, Texas 77002
(281) 228-4327
About $700 per party, former judge but also serves as a Senior District Judge the Second Administrative Region. Adjunct Professor of Law. Has an Office in Fort Bend County and Harris County. Good for the complex family law case. I have mediated about 10 times with him.

Brad Morris

$450 per party Board certified family law and former judge
Board Certified in Family Law and Speaks Spanish
909 Kipling
Houston, TX
77006-4314
Phone Number 713.521.0055

Brad primarily mediates these days. He will stay with you all day and go back and forth to attempt to get you to settle. He is always booked up, thus you will need to look at a month out to set your mediation with him. I think Brad grew up in South America, as his Spanish is excellent with no accent. For your more difficult Latin cases, Brad is the mediator for the job. With both a Board Certification, and Former Judge, he will get your client where he needs to be as to the likely outcome of trial.

Myrna Gregory

1225 N Loop West Ste 1108
Houston, Texas 77008
(713) 861-1293

My offices uses Myrna for quite a few of our Spanish clients. She is another “hard ass’. But pointed and a closer. The first time I mediated with her did not go well. I think I surprised her by going back. She is a closer and hard working attorney.  Good lawyer who appears almost daily in court and knows how the judge will rule. About $350 per party

Julio Jolglar

1415 North Loop W. Suite 618
Houston, Texas 77008
(713) 787-0191

I have tried several cases with Julio. Very professional and good attorney. Charges about $350 per party. He has been in practice for about 20 years. Works in both Ft. Bend and Harris County. Speaks Spanish

Marsha Reed

3303 Louisiana St. Ste 140
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 869-3295

I have tried several cases with Marsha and also mediated many others. Charge about $350 per party. She also does a lot of amicus and ad-litem work in Harris county. Well respected attorney. Speaks Spanish

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce & family law attorney,  who practices in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. He has been in practice for over 13 years and has tried over 400 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris and Fort Bend County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 

Divorce in Harris

How to get divorced in Harris County Texas

A petition for divorce will start the process.  All lawyers must e-file petitions while non-lawyers can still hand file.  All cases in Harris county are confidential for 30 days.  Public access and thus online access can be made after the case has been on file for 30 days.  If you think that your spouse is not going to want the divorce, then you should serve them with the lawsuit at the time the case is filed.  Should you feel that your spouse is going to fight the divorce, then is it advisable to set up some rules or temporary orders in the divorce.  Most cases are brought to trial within 8 months to a year.  This would be the 1st trial setting.  Some of the courts are so backlogged that it is sometimes several more months or even up to a year before you get to trial on your case.  The 311th is probably the worst.  Then the 309th.  Both courts are known to reset you multiple times before you can have a final trial if you need more than 1/2 of an day.  If you want a jury trial, then it can take up to a year before you get time with the court in both the 311th and 309th.

During the time from filing of the case until the case is brought to trial, you do what is called discovery.  You pull records, develop a theory of your case with your attorney, and prepare for final trial.  Discovery is expensive and time consuming.  You may want to hire professionals to appraise business or to mental health evaluations.  You will also get together a proposed property division and an inventory of the assets and liability of the community estate.

Prior to trying the case, some of your judges requires mediation.  Mediation is a settlement conference.  Rules of evidence do not apply at mediation.  Mediation can be good if you are prepared and both sides act in good faith.  Also, having a mediator who is a family law attorney also helps.

Should you fail to settle the case, well then you will bring your contested issues to Judge or Jury to decide.  A decision will be made.  Once you receive the decision, you may want to appeal that decision.  This is another process for which can take another 1 year to complete.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce & family law attorney,  who practices in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. He has been in practice for over 13 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris and Fort Bend County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 

Best Divorce Lawyer Houston

Best Divorce Lawyer Houston

Baby Lawyers

In looking for a attorney to represent you for the dissolution of your marriage, the demographics are much like social hierarchy.  There are some lawyers who are very good with small estates, but have not dealt with the issues of a larger community property division.  The tax issues that would arise or a future benefit that should be considered now, are events that most new attorneys or even an attorney who have had some time out, but have no association with a certified public account could help.  Most of your family law and divorce lawyers are going to help you with rights and duties for your children.  They can calculate guideline child support. They can do a financial information statement.  They can prepare an inventory of the estate.  Many will propose a 50-50 split.  They are familiar with the procedural logistics  in the work up of your case.  Baby lawyers typically are going to be very sociable, but look for a way out in most of your questions, as they will have to research the answers.  If the baby lawyer has a mentor or is working with a senior lawyer, then that baby lawyer may be good for you.

Best Divorce Lawyer Houston

They are various factors to consider when attempting to hire the best divorce lawyer Houston.  Some are detailed below:

1. How long have they been in practice

2. What peer review if any has been given

3. What do former client have to say

4. What is their hourly rate

5.  Where is their office located

6. How often do they appear in court

7. What complaints if any exist against the lawyer

The best evidence as to your attorney qualifications is going to be the results of that attorneys former cases.  How many cases has the attorney tried?  What were the results?  Most of this information is not published.  You can look at a resume, but most resume are “fluffed”.  Also, see if the attorney has done any appellate work.  This is a sure fire way to ensure that the judges respect the lawyer not because that lawyer is pretty,  has charisma, or donate to the judges campaign but because that lawyer will take that judge up for review. This gives the lawyer more credibility when you are in front of judge on a issue that you are asking for something outside the box.

Diplomacy v. War

Also, look at the set up in the lawyers office to determine if that lawyer is the ” Best Lawyer Houston “.  Most family law firms that have been around for a good while will employ one lawyer who uses diplomacy to get results.  When diplomacy fails, then the hard line line mean lawyer will need to go in and fight.  Sometimes it is best to shoot first then ask questions.  Other times you should be cautious and get a feeler as to the other sides intent.  Make no mistake, your spouse will lie to you or they will tell half truths and spin the facts to favor their position. Your children will be torn between the parents and the emotion. Divorce is a transition for the whole family.  When you make this decision or the decision has been made by your spouse, you want someone on your team who knows the procedure to see it done, is familiar with local judges policy, and has a family of their own as a reference to understand your life event.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a divorce & family law attorney,  who practices in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. He has been in practice for over 13 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris and Fort Bend County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 


					
INFLUENCE THE COURT

Is there anything you can do to influence the court in your favor?

A judge in a divorce court has seen it all. He or she has seen the drama queens, the crocodile tears, the acting, the anger and foul temper…all of it. Few things will faze a Houston family law judge. In fact, most of them get angry when you try to impress them. However, they are also humans and will clearly respect decorum and good manners. They fully know what you are going through. They however expect that as an adult, you will behave like one. There is no need of throwing tantrums like a child in a court. After all, the case will be decided on points of law and not on emotions. And yes, they will put into consideration your feelings, but only in as much as they do not contradict the law. Hopefully, your Houston divorce lawyer will have advised you as much. So what can you do to impress a judge and have he/she in your corner?

Be Prepared

You cannot come in court unprepared and expect to attract the judge into your view of things. You need to be prepared in all aspects; emotions, facts, decorum, and evidence. Of course your Houston divorce lawyer will take care of the evidence and facts part, but when being cross examined, your facts need to be consistent with those of your lawyers. Any form of inconsistency will be interpreted as lying. Even a layman can tell that when two people in the same team tell two different stories, one of them, or both of them are lying. Be very prepared!

Avoid the Dramas

Calling your spouse names, giving him/her an icy look, crying uncontrollably and all other forms of emotional expression give the judge the wrong ‘vibes’. You will look extremely unstable and this may cause the judge to deny you the chance to live with your kids. You need to show maturity, firmness and decisiveness. These are qualities of a good parent. So, if you want to retain the kids, be strong. A tear here and a tear there is not bad for show, but complete breakdown is very wrong.

Courtroom Procedure

Most courts have their set protocol. You will hear your Houston divorce lawyer addressing the judges as ‘your honor’.  Follow his cue. You will be expected to stand and sit upon the entry and exit of the judge in the courtroom. You should never interrupt your lawyer, your partner’s lawyer, your partner or the judge when speaking. Wait for your turn to speak. Make sure you keep quiet in court. Unless it is absolutely necessary, keep to yourself and avoid whispering to your lawyer. This makes you look like you want to fix your spouse. Before going to court, let your lawyer explain the court procedure succinctly.

Honesty

Honesty is a good and admirable quality. Even if telling the truth will put your case in jeopardy, always tell the truth. The judge will appreciate it if you can acknowledge your mistakes in the marriage. It is the honorable thing to do. It makes you look mature and ready to handle your problems. This is a very good sign of a responsible parent. If you tell the truth, you will be helping the court move along and save a lot of time. This is always appreciated. You never know, the judge may rule in your favor, or, will not be trying too hard to hand you a raw deal.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Busby Jr. is a Divorce, Family Law, & Houston Divorce Lawyer,  who practices in Harris County Texas and the counties that surround Harris County, Texas. He has been in practice for over 14 years and has tried over 300 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Harris County Texas Divorce Courts.   Our office is open until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for working folks.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

Visit me on the web at www.busby-lee.com

 



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