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Divorce Costs Houston Texas at the law firm of Busby & Associates Attorney and Counselors at Law, P.C can run from as little as $400 to tens of thousands of dollars.  What are the factors that determine the costs?  If you have  fight then attorney time can quickly run up your bill.  If you have a deal, Then there is one meeting with the attorney and paralegals handle most of the rest of the work until court.  At my firm, both myself and Adelina are in court almost everyday.  We see the judges rule and hear the courthouse gossip, we are up to speed on all aspects of family law at the Harris County family law center.  You can trust Mike and Adelina to keep you up to speed and protect your interest.  If you want efficiency but good service, you come to the right place.  I can have your divorce filed in 24 hours.  You will likely be divorce within 5 days of the 61st day which is the waiting period in Texas. If it is a fight, I can tell you within about 10 minutes after the case if filed the gossip on your judge.  What are the changes you will be heard on the day you are set?  Does the judge favor men or women?  How does the judge feel about drug use?  How about if you have cheated? Or you spouse has cheated?  Please see my video below for more information.

Divorce Costs, Busby & Associates Houston, Texas

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 10 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Houston 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.  Please call with your family law or divorce questions for divorce Houston Texas.

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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The contractual agreement for a uncontested divorce in Harris county allows you the client the following services:

1.  Final Decree of Divorce

2.  Waiver of Service

3. Bureau of vital statics form

4.  One court appearance

The contract is attached for those interested.  You can call into the office for a telephonic interview and I will advise if you meet the requirements to contract for an uncontested divorce

Employment Agreement-Divorce

 

Busby & Associates, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, P.C., 2909 Hillcroft Suite 350 Telephone (713) 974-1151 is employed to perform legal services in connection with the following matter a set forth below:

 

Uncontested Divorce entitles you to the following:

  1. Original Petition for Divorce, Bureau of Vital      Statistics document
  2. Waiver of Citation
  3. Final Decree of Divorce based on an agreement between      the parties
  4. One court appearance
  5. Power of Attorney for vehicle transfer, Child Support      and Medical Support Order

(if required )

  1. Special Warranty Deed ( if required)
  2. Deed of Trust to Secure Assumption (if required)

 

Uncontested Divorce for___________________________in ____________County.

Children and ages: ______________________________________________________________

Who gets primary custody ________________________________________________________

Child Support: Who pays and how much: _____________________starts___________________

 

House: Separate___ or Community___   Who gets and pays:____________________

 

Name Change: Yes__ No__ Maybe__

 

Other Property: Each keeps own ___________________________________________________

Debt: Each keeps own ___________________________________________________________

Publication: Where: _________Children/Property Publication Yes/No What County? _________

 

Client to review the original Waiver of Citation and Final Decree of Divorce and client will pick up the document from our office or firm will mail to client. Client will have his or her spouse sign and return the papers.  If your spouse will not sign the paperwork then there is an additional charge for having your spouse served.  If the case becomes contested, then firm will require client to pay an additional retainer of at least $1,500.00 within (7) days of case becoming contested and firm notifying client of such.

 

If the case become contested and the client wishes to continue the matter, the attorney fees will then be based on the rate of $175.00 for attorneys licensed less than three years and $250.00 per hour for all other attorneys and the legal assistant/ paralegal time will be based on the rate of $95.00 per hour for the paralegal and $65.00 per hour for the legal assistant.  Additionally, costs for photocopies and facsimile transmissions will be based on the rate of 20 cents per page and a parking fee of $5.00 will be charged for every trip to the courthouse. Trip Charges to the court house are billed at .55 per mile one way. If the case becomes contested and the client wishes to continue the matter, it is the client’s responsibility to contact the attorney to schedule an appointment to discuss the furtherance of the case and the increase in attorney fees.

 

Flat Fee for Uncontested Divorce: Total fees are projected at $ __________________ for an uncontested divorce/matter (this retainer is subject to upward revision depending on difficulties encountered such as if the case becomes contested or additional work is necessary).  This flat fee includes one court appearance.  All fees are considered earned when received and thus NONREFUNDABLE.  It is understood that whenever the flat fee becomes insufficient to cover the services and client expenses anticipated,a request for additional advance fees will be requested of the client based on our hourly fee and time expected to complete the case.  This fee does not include preparing a Qualified Domestics Relations Order if a retirement plan is being divided between the parties.  Any excessive telephone calls or changes to the paperwork will be subject to additional fees.

 

 

THERE WILL BE A FEE OF $25.00 CHARGED TO CLIENT FOR ALL RETURNED CHECKS FOR INSUFFICIENT FUNDS OR A CLOSED ACCOUNT.  THIS FEE ALONG WITH THE AMOUNT OF THE CHECK MUST BE PAID WITHIN 7 DAYS OF FIRM NOTIFYING CLIENT OF SUCH.  IF PAYMENT IS NOT MADE, THE ATTORNEY WILL WITHDRAW AS COUNSEL.

 

My attorney may, at his option, withdraw from the case if client does not pay any fees requested.  My attorney is authorized to withdraw from this matter if prompt payment is not made in advance of the service to be performed.  My attorney may withdraw as my counsel if the case becomes contested or my spouse refuses to sign the Waiver of Citation and Final Decree of Divorce.

 

Notice of Dismissal/Trial Setting: Depending on which court the case gets assigned to, if the case extends beyond approximately 4 months after my case is filed, the court will file a Motion to Dismiss/Trial Date/Notice of Scheduling Order in my case.  If the client receives a Motion to Dismiss/Trial Date/Notice of Scheduling Order, it is the client’s responsibility to respond as follows:

 

1)      Pay any outstanding fees to attorney, so that attorney can complete the work/documents for client’s spouse to sign.

2)      Return the signed, notarize Waiver of Citation and sign Final Decree of Divorce to my attorney prior to the hearing date

3)      Schedule a hearing date to get your matter finalized.

4)      Schedule an appointment with my attorney/legal assistant to discuss the furtherance of my case and to discuss the service of citation on your spouse and to discuss the increased attorney fees, or

5)      Do nothing.  If the client fails to do either above, then the attorney is not required to respond to the Motion to Dismiss/Trial Date/Notice of Scheduling Order.  If the client does nothing, it will then be determined the client desires the case to dismiss.

 

Should the client desire to retain a different attorney, Attorney, at his sole option, may sign a Motion to Substitute Counsel once it is received and will assist any new attorney with information regarding the client’s case.

 

If the case is not proved up at least 30 days prior to any Trial/Dismissal Setting, there will be an additional $250.00 flat fee charge to prove up the divorce, up until the day before the Trial/Dismissal setting.

 

If the divorce has to be proved up at the Trial/Dismissal setting, there will be an additional $250.00 charge (in addition to the $250.00 charge mentioned in the preceding sentence) that will have to be pre-paid by client.

 

Final DocumentsWithin after your petition is filed with the Court, the final documents will be drafted and completed approximately 5 business days.  Please allow attorney sufficient time to review the final documents in order to avoid any future complications or enforcement issues.  Once final documents have been fully reviewed by an attorney, the documents will either be mailed to you, emailed to you, or you may choose to come by the main office to pick up your documents.  Please be advised that our firm does not represent your spouse in this case therefore we owe no legal duty to that spouse.  In order to benefit from a fixed fee arrangement, you are fully responsible to take the final documents to your spouse and to get his or her signature.  Should your spouse fail to sign or refus to sign the final documents within (14) days from the date you received your final documents, service of process must be made on your spouse so that your case may be finalized without his or her signature.  Should your case not be finalized within 90 days of the file date due to documents not having been signed or returned to the firm, then you will incur a monthly maintenance fee of $50 for which any balance would need to have been paid in full prior to the divorce finalization.

 

Representations: Attorney cannot warrant or guarantee the outcome of the case or how long it will take for your divorce to finalize.  Client understands that in many cases, hearings may be reset due to conflicts in the attorney’s schedule or the court’s schedule.

 

Medical Insurance: There is a medical insurance plan for children provided through the Texas Attorney General’s Office and if you qualify you can obtain medical insurance for your children at a lower cost through CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program of Texas) by calling toll free (877) KIDS-NOW or 877-543-7669 or by applying online at www.chipmedicaid.com.

It is public policy that if the child(ren) are on CHIPS or MEDICAID, the Court requires that one spouse maintain insurance coverage for the child(ren) while the other spouse reimburses the State for insurance coverage in the amount of $50.00 or higher.

 

Required Parenting Class: If your divorce involves minor children it is required that each parent attends one of the following parent education classes before the divorce can be granted: Children Cope 713-952-2673, Families and Divorce 713-942-9500 or Family Education Institute 713-688-9122.  If your divorce hearing has to be reset due to non-attendance of the parenting class then there is an additional $250 fee to reset your divorce hearing for another day.  If your spouse does not take the class the Judge may order your spouse to take the class or could even dismiss your divorce case.  If your spouse refuses to take the class; client needs to schedule an appointment with attorney to discuss serving their spouse with citation.

 

Child Support, Retroactive Child Support: If child support is going to be an issue in your case you must immediately provide the attorney with copies of 1) the last three month’s pay check stubs for the party obligated to pay child support; and 2) the previous year income tax return for the party obligated to pay child support.  If retroactive child support is going to be an issue, you must provide proof of income for all years in question for the person obligated to pay child support.  Child support must be paid by the person owing child support from the date of separation.

 

Employer’s Wage Order: An Employer’s Order of Withholding will also be filed by our office. A $15.00 fee must be paid to the district clerk in order for the wage order to be sent to the employer. It is your responsibility to make this payment and fill out the Notice to Employer. The form and the payment must be given to the clerk in the basement of the FamilyLawCenter at Family Law Intake in order for the notice to be sent to the employer.

 

Request for No Child Support Order: It is public policy of the State of Texas, that when parents do not support their children, taxpayer end up supporting the children.  Should you request no child support, yet your child is on Medicaid, Food Stamps, WIC, and/or Public Housing, the Court will almost always deny your request.  Typically, the Courts will not require child support if the parents are minors, one parent is disabled, and/or if one parent is in a foreign country.  If you insist that you either do not want to pay or do not want to receive child support, based on your facts if the attorney is certain the Judge will not approve, then our firm charges $1,000 to present your request to the Judge.  This fee does not include third party ad-litem or amicus attorney fees.  THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOUR REQUEST WILL BE APPROVED AND THE FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

 

Publication DivorceIf you cannot locate your spouse and/or there are children involved, the Harris County Family Law Courts will appoint an Attorney Ad Litem to represent your spouse’s and/or children’s interests or try to locate your spouse.  Any fees charged by the Attorney Ad Litem appointed to your case are separate from the retainer paid to Busby & Associates, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, P.C. Before your case can be filed you must make an appointment to review and sign a Petitioner’s Supporting Affidavit stating that you have used due diligence in trying to locate your spouse.

 

Attorney General OrderClient must provide a copy of the Order in Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship so that your divorce can be completed.  You may obtain a copy from the District Clerk’s office for a fee. Before your case can be completed the Attorney General must sign off on the decree.  This may cause a delay in getting your divorce finalized.

 

Deeds:  Special Warranty Deeds or any deeds prepared must be filed by client with the CountyClerk’s office in the County where the property is located.  Client must pay the filing fees that are required.

 

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO):  In cases involving the division of a retirement plan, military pension, 401K, Keogh plan, Employee Stock option plan, disability plan or other benefits existing by reasons of the spouse’s past, present, or future employment, Federal Law designate the administrator  of the retirement plan to determine the qualifications of a QDRO and its value.  An additionally fee of at least $400.00 must be paid to the plan administrator so that a QDRO may be presented to the Court for approval and division of the plan benefits at the time when the divorce case is set for finalization.

 

Cooperation of Client:  I will work with the legal assistant and any attorney assigned to my case and I promise to be polite and courteous at all times.  Any failure to do so is cause for this firm to withdraw from the case with no refunds.  Client understands that my attorney handles a large volume of cases.  I have requested an affordable and discounted attorney fee and understand that the more time that is spent on my case then my attorney fees will increase.  If I am unable to reach someone by telephone promptly, I will fax or mail any questions to my attorney or I will make an appointment to come into the office to discuss my case.  I will also advise my attorney of any change of address or telephone numbers immediately.  I will provide the proper legal description and Grantor and Grantee names of real property to be transferred and year, make, model and vehicle identification numbers on any vehicles to be transferred.

 

Attendance at Court HearingYou must attend a hearing to get a divorce.  You need to call our office to set a hearing date but it must be after sixty days from when your case was filed.  You must be in court no later than 8:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing.

 

Divorce cases filed in HarrisCounty are heard at The Family Law Center, 1115   Congress Avenue at San Jacinto Street in downtown Houston, Texas77002 or on the 15th Floor of the Harris County Civil Courthouse located at 201 Caroline St., Houston, Texas22002.  Divorce cases filed in FortBendCounty are heard at the courthouse located at 401 Jackson, Richmond, Texas77469.  Please confirm with a member of our staff where you will finalize your divorce for the particular county in which we have filed your divorce.  Allow time for parking and finding the court.

 

If you fail to attend court on time, your case may be reset to another day however there is an additional $250 fee to reset the case.   It is your responsibility to notify the attorney at least (2) days in advance if you cannot attend the given court date in order for the reset fee to be waived.

 

Notice to Clients:  The State Bar of Texas investigates and prosecutes professional misconduct committed by Texas attorneys.  Although not every complaint against or dispute with a lawyer involves professional misconduct, the State Bar’s Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel will provide you with information about how to file a complaint.  Please call 1-800-932-1900 for more information.

 

Do not make remarriage plans.  There is no guarantee that your divorce will be granted by a certain date.  In the event that you intend to get remarried within one year of the date of this Agreement you are advised to reschedule the date of remarriage after the point in time that you have obtained a certified copy of final divorce decree.  A certified copy of your decree can be obtained from the District Clerk’s office of the County in which your case is filed.  State law requires a thirty-day waiting period to get remarried after the divorce is granted.

 

Copy of Final Decree/Filing of Deeds:  You may obtain a copy of your Final Decree of Divorce from the District Clerk’s office in the county of your divorce.  Prices for certified copies will vary.  You will need to provide the case number, court number, and style of the case.  In takes approximately 30 days after a decree is signed before you can get a certified copy of the decree.

 

Payment Terms: __________________________________________________TO FILE THEN

 

DIVORCE THEN ______________________________________________________________

within __ days to complete the Waiver, Final Decree of Divorce and attend the divorce hearing.

 

PAYMENT DATES (Post-dated checks required) Iagree to the payments schedule below.  I can make payments before the scheduled dates.  If I am unable to make a scheduled payment I will contact the Accounting Manager to re-schedule a payment. Re-scheduling of payment, payments that are declined, or failure to make payments as agreed will result in a financing charge of $25 per event.  Attorney will not deposit post- dated checks in the bank before the date on the check.  Client to pay $ _________ on the following dates:

 

 

CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS:  Client authorizes attorney to charge/debit my Visa/Mastercard/Discover card on for the amount and on the dates noted above.

Name of cardholder___________________________    (circle one)   MC     Visa     Discover

Number: ________________________________ Date of expiration_______________________

 

Disclosure on Referral Services: When you are referred by an attorney or referral program a portion of the attorney’s fee is remitted back to the referral source.

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution: In the event that the parties to this agreement have a dispute over the terms or the application of the terms of this agreement, including payment or performance hereunder, as a condition precedent to filing or pursuing any legal remedy, including suit in a court, the parties agree to participate in good faith in non-binding mediation at the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Houston, Inc. conducted by a neutral third-party mediator qualified to perform mediation services in the State of Texas.  If the parties are unable to resolve the dispute through mediation, the parties further agree to submit, in lieu of filing or pursuing any legal remedy, including suit in a court to participate in binding arbitration conducted by and under the Better Business Bureau Arbitration Rules by a neutral third-party arbitrator qualified to perform arbitration in the State of Texas.

 

 

Signed_______________________________________Date__________Staff Member________

 

Client to provide Vehicle Transfer Information Sheet:__ Client to provide Real Estate Transfer Information Sheet:__ Client to provide Retirement Plan (401K) Plan Statement for date of the marriage and a current Plan Statement.

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 10 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Houston 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.  Please call with your family law or divorce questions for uncontested divorce Houston Texas.

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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The 280th Protective order court is a Harris County, Texas family law court for which the only type of hearing are Chapter 85 of the Texas family court.  On the bench at this writing is Judge Lynn Bradshaw-Hull.  Judge Tony Lindsay was the 1st Judge to sit in the 280th after it was designated a domestic violence court.  This is the only court in Texas which hears strictly protective orders.  A private attorney may prosecute this type of lawsuit, but if no divorce is pending, you can get the Harris County District Attorney’s office to file suit for you.  Beth Baron is the lead attorney for the domestic violence unit.  I have tried cases with her and also I had defended and prosecuted protective orders under both judges.  Let me tell you, under Judge Lindsay, it was much easier to have a protective order issued then Judge Hull.  Both are women but Judge Hull is unlikely to issue the order unless proven violence which usually means some form of bruising or broken skin.  A gun to the face or other vital areas may get you there along with stalking, but yelling and threats is a tough sell in her court.  This is always good when you represent the respondent.  On the Applicant side, you may consider temporary restraining order in one the family courts instead of the protective order and a request for some injunctions out of the family court.  I have tried 10 cases in this court since its designation as a family court and filed one mandamus in the appellate courts.  Judge Hull is a hard ass, but soft spoken judge.  Keep your mouth shut unless she or a lawyer asks a question.  Tell the truth and do not get excited.  You will come out on the winning side if you have good facts and hard direct evidence.  The Courts website can be found at http://www.justex.net/courts/family/FAMILYCourt.aspx?crt=21.  If you cannot afford an attorney try http://www.houstontx.gov/police/fvu/services.htm which is the link to the Harris County District Attorney office.  The docket call in the 280th Protective Court is typically on time.  Judge allows late calls, but is short when you have a trial conflict.  (maybe you should not have taken the case).  I am of the opinion that ever family law judge holds a protective order against you.  Never agree to a protective order that states you are not admitting to family violence but are agreeing to the protective order being issued.  Just try the case and have judge order if you think you are not guilty of harming your significant other.

Any file application for a protective order, at the 280th District Court will be made at the address 201 Caroline, 15th Floor. The case will be named respecting the following: “Name of the Applicant vs. Name of the Respondent”. Do not use, in any circumstances the phrase “In the Matter of the Marriage of”. An address form must be completed. The rules and policies usually applied in a family law and divorce courts are not applicable in the court. The motions for continuance are granted if they are filled 48 hours in advance.

All the applications for the Protective Order of this court will have separate numbers. Even if this application is filled together with a divorce or suit, it will still be taken separately and will not be treated in the same document. An application may include only one respondent. The applicant must file a Civil Process Request Form.

If the applicant needs a kick-out order, an in-person testimony is required, to make the respondent leave the residence. For that, the applicant must contact the clerk for an available date to appear in front of the Court.

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.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Houston 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.  Please call with your family law or divorce questions for 280th Protective Order Court in Houston Texas.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

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

280th Protective Order Court also would be applicable to the following communities within the greater Houston, Texas Area:

Baytown, Bellaire, Bunker Hill, Deer Park, Friendswood, Galena Park, Humble, Jacinto City, Katy, La Porte, Pasadena, Tomball, West University, Cypress, Crosby, Woodlands, Denver Harbor, Spring & The Woodlands, Spring, Stafford, Sugarland, Galveston, Missouri City, Richmond, & Alief

 

 

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Uncontested Divorce Houston No Children requires a simple final decree of divorce.  If you are not an attorney, then the time it takes to prepare the documents could be a chore.  My firm has dissolved over 2,000 unhappy marriages.  While the ending of the relationship is something to be mourned, it does mean a fresh start for the parties.  The form is standard which changes are made based on your facts.  Please review the form below and call me for your Uncontested Divorce Houston No Children.

 

NO. _________

IN   THE MATTER OF

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IN   THE DISTRICT COURT
THE   MARRIAGE OF

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_________   JUDICIAL DISTRICT
AND

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HARRIS   COUNTY, TEXAS

 

                                        AGREED FINAL DECREE OF DIVORCE

 

On ___________________________ the Court heard this case.

Appearances

Petitioner, appeared in person and through attorney of record, Michael G. Busby, Jr., and announced ready for trial.

Respondent, waived issuance and service of citation by waiver duly filed and did not otherwise appear.

Record

The making of a record of testimony was waived by the parties with the consent of the Court.

Jurisdiction and Domicile

The Court finds that the pleadings of Petitioner are in due form and contain all the allegations, information, and prerequisites required by law.  The Court, after receiving evidence, finds that it has jurisdiction of this case and of all the parties and that at least sixty days have elapsed since the date the suit was filed.

The Court further finds that, at the time this suit was filed, Petitioner had been a domiciliary of Texas for the preceding six-month period and a resident of the county in which this suit was filed for the preceding ninety-day period.  All persons entitled to citation were properly cited.

Jury

A jury was waived, and questions of fact and of law were submitted to the Court.

Divorce

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that, Petitioner, and, Respondent, are divorced and that the marriage between them is dissolved on the ground of insupportability.

Child of the Marriage

The Court finds that there is no child of the marriage of Petitioner and Respondent and that none is expected.

Division of Marital Estate

The Court finds that the following is a just and right division of the parties’ marital estate, having due regard for the rights of each party.

Property to Husband

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that the husband,_______________, is awarded the following as his sole and separate property, and the wife is divested of all right, title, interest, and claim in and to that property:

H-1.     All household furniture, furnishings, fixtures, goods, art objects, collectibles, appliances, and equipment in the possession of the husband or subject to his sole control.

H-2.     All clothing, jewelry, and other personal effects in the possession of the husband or subject to his sole control.

H-3.     All sums, whether matured or unmatured, accrued or unaccrued, vested or otherwise, together with all increases thereof, the proceeds therefrom, and any other rights related to any profit-sharing plan, retirement plan, Keogh plan, pension plan, employee stock option plan, 401(k) plan, employee savings plan, accrued unpaid bonuses, disability plan, or other benefits existing by reason of the husband’s past, present, or future employment.

H-4.     All individual retirement accounts, simplified employee pensions, annuities, and variable annuity life insurance benefits in the husband’s name.

Property to Wife

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that the wife, _______________, is awarded the following as her sole and separate property, and the husband is divested of all right, title, interest, and claim in and to that property:

W-1.    All household furniture, furnishings, fixtures, goods, art objects, collectibles, appliances, and equipment in the possession of the wife or subject to her sole control.

W-2.    All clothing, jewelry, and other personal effects in the possession of the wife or subject to her sole control.

W-3.    The sums, whether matured or unmatured, accrued or unaccrued, vested or otherwise, together with all increases thereof, the proceeds therefrom, and any other rights related to any profit-sharing plan, retirement plan, Keogh plan, pension plan, employee stock option plan, 401(k) plan, employee savings plan, accrued unpaid bonuses, disability plan, or other benefits existing by reason of the wife’s past, present, or future employment.

W-4.    The individual retirement accounts, simplified employee pensions, annuities, and variable annuity life insurance benefits in the wife’s name.

Division of Debt

Debts to Husband

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that the husband,_______________, shall pay, as a part of the division of the estate of the parties, and shall indemnify and hold the wife and her property harmless from any failure to so discharge, these items:

H-1.     All debts, charges, liabilities, and other obligations incurred by the husband and the wife from and after January 1, 2004 unless express provision is made in this decree to the contrary.

H-2.     All encumbrances, ad valorem taxes, liens, assessments, or other charges due or to become due on the real and personal property awarded to the husband in this decree unless express provision is made in this decree to the contrary.

Debts to Wife

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that the wife, _______________, shall pay, as a part of the division of the estate of the parties, and shall indemnify and hold the husband and his property harmless from any failure to so discharge, these items:

W-1.    All debts, charges, liabilities, and other obligations incurred by the husband and the wife from and after January 1, 2004 unless express provision is made in this decree to the contrary.

W-2.    All encumbrances, ad valorem taxes, liens, assessments, or other charges due or to become due on the real and personal property awarded to the wife in this decree unless express provision is made in this decree to the contrary.

Muniment of Title

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that this decree shall serve as a muniment of title to transfer ownership of all property awarded to any party in this Agreed Final Decree of Divorce.

Notice

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that each party shall send to the other party, within three days of its receipt, a copy of any correspondence from a creditor or taxing authority concerning any potential liability of the other party.

Attorney’s Fees

To effect an equitable division of the estate of the parties and as a part of the division, each party shall be responsible for his or her own attorney’s fees, expenses, and costs incurred as a result of legal representation in this case.

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that all payments made to the other party in accordance with the allocation provisions for payment of federal income taxes contained in this Final Decree of Divorce are not deemed income to the party receiving those payments but are part of the property division and necessary for a just and right division of the parties’ estate.

Court Costs

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that costs of court are to be borne by the party who incurred them.

Discharge from Discovery Retention Requirement

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that the parties and their respective attorneys are discharged from the requirement of keeping and storing the documents produced in this case in accordance with rule 191.4(d) of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

Decree Acknowledgment

Petitioner,_______________, and Respondent, _______________, each acknowledge that before signing this Final Decree of Divorce they have read this Final Decree of Divorce fully and completely, have had the opportunity to ask any questions regarding the same, and fully understand that the contents of this Final Decree of Divorce constitute a full and complete resolution of this case.  Petitioner and Respondent acknowledge that they have voluntarily affixed their signatures to this Final Decree of Divorce, believing this agreement to be a just and right division of the marital debt and assets, and state that they have not signed by virtue of any coercion, any duress, or any agreement other than those specifically set forth in this Final Decree of Divorce.

Indemnification

Each party represents and warrants that he or she has not incurred any outstanding debt, obligation, or other liability on which the other party is or may be liable, other than those described in this decree.  Each party agrees and IT IS ORDERED that if any claim, action, or proceeding is hereafter initiated seeking to hold the party not assuming a debt, an obligation, a liability, an act, or an omission of the other party liable for such debt, obligation, liability, act or omission of the other party, that other party will, at his or her sole expense, defend the party not assuming the debt, obligation, liability, act, or omission of the other party against any such claim or demand, whether or not well founded, and will indemnify the party not assuming the debt, obligation, liability, act, or omission of the other party and hold him or her harmless from all damages resulting from the claim or demand.

Damages, as used in this provision, includes any reasonable loss, cost, expense, penalty, and other damage, including without limitation attorney’s fees and other costs and expenses reasonably and necessarily incurred in enforcing this indemnity.

IT IS ORDERED that the indemnifying party will reimburse the indemnified party, on demand, for any payment made by the indemnified party at any time after the entry of the divorce decree to satisfy any judgment of any court of competent jurisdiction or in accordance with a bona fide compromise or settlement of claims, demands, or actions for any damages to which this indemnity relates.

The parties agree and IT IS ORDERED that each party will give the other party prompt written notice of any litigation threatened or instituted against either party that might constitute the basis of a claim for indemnity under this decree.

Clarifying Orders

Without affecting the finality of this Final Decree of Divorce, this Court expressly reserves the right to make orders necessary to clarify and enforce this decree.

Relief Not Granted

IT IS ORDERED AND DECREED that all relief requested in this case and not expressly granted is denied.  This is a final judgment, for which let execution and all writs and processes necessary to enforce this judgment issue.  This judgment finally disposes of all claims and all parties and is appealable.

Date of Judgment

SIGNED on                                                               .

 

 

                                                                                   

JUDGE PRESIDING

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.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Houston 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.  Please call with your family law or divorce questions for contested divorce Houston Texas.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

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

Uncontested Divorce Houston No Children also would be applicable to the following communities within the greater Houston, Texas Area:

Baytown, Bellaire, Bunker Hill, Deer Park, Friendswood, Galena Park, Humble, Jacinto City, Katy, La Porte, Pasadena, Tomball, West University, Cypress, Crosby, Woodlands, Denver Harbor, Spring & The Woodlands, Spring, Stafford, Sugarland, Galveston, Missouri City, Richmond, & Alief

 

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If you think you may have a deal with your spouse on the divorce, then you would want them to sign a waiver of service.  To serve someone with process starts at $60 and go run into several thousands dollars in their are in a foreign country.  The form of the waiver is below. The waiver is no good if you sign before the case is filed.  You must insert the cause number in the waiver for it to be good.  My firm usually will encourage the opposing party to sign the final order, this is not necessary if they sign a global waiver.  If the spouse signs the waiver, this does not always mean you have an uncontested divorce, it just means you save money on the service unless it is a globally waiver of all of their rights. The Waiver Divorce Houston form is below:

NO.

IN   THE MATTER OF

§

IN   THE DISTRICT COURT
THE   MARRIAGE OF

§

§

§

§

 JUDICIAL DISTRICT

§

§

§

 

§

§

HARRIS   COUNTY, TEXAS

 

 

WAIVER OF SERVICE

 

________________ appeared in person before me today and stated under oath:

“I, _____________________, am the person named as Respondent in this case.

“I acknowledge that I have been provided a copy of the Original Petition for Divorce and Agreed Final Decree of Divorce filed in this case.  I have read and understand the contents of that document.

“I understand that the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure require, in most instances, that a party or respondent be served with citation.  I do not want to be served with citation, and I waive the issuance and service of citation.

“I enter my appearance in this case for all purposes.

“I waive the making of a record of testimony in this case.

“I agree that this case may be taken up and considered by the Court without further notice to me.

“I agree that the case may be decided by the presiding Judge of the Court or by a duly appointed Associate Judge of the Court.

“I request the Court not to enter any orders or judgment not signed by me or without my receiving prior written notice of the date, time, and place of any proceedings.

“I understand that I have a duty to notify the attorney for Petitioner if I change my address.  I understand that, unless I notify the attorney for Petitioner of any such change in writing, any notices that I might otherwise be entitled to receive with regard to disposition of this proceeding will be forwarded to me at the address indicated below.

“I further state that the following information is correct and that my-

Mailing address is:  ___________________________

 

Telephone number is:  _______________________

Social Security number is:  ______________________________

Texas driver’s license number is:  _________________________

“I further understand that I have a duty to notify the Court if my mailing address changes during this proceeding.”

 

                                                                                   

 

 

SIGNED under oath before me on                                                                                        

 

 

                                                                                   

Notary Public, State of Texas

 

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 10 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Houston 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.  Please call with your family law or divorce questions for contested divorce Houston Texas.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

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

Waiver Divorce Houston Texas also would be applicable to the following communities within the greater Houston, Texas Area:

Baytown, Bellaire, Bunker Hill, Deer Park, Friendswood, Galena Park, Humble, Jacinto City, Katy, La Porte, Pasadena, Tomball, West University, Cypress, Crosby, Woodlands, Denver Harbor, Spring & The Woodlands, Spring, Stafford, Sugarland, Galveston, Missouri City, Richmond, & Alief

 

 

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The form used in below.  This is a standard form for divorces and many suit affecting the parent child relationship in Houston, Texas.  I typically appear in this type of hearing at least once a week.

NO. _______________________

IN   THE MATTER OF

§

IN   THE DISTRICT COURT
THE   MARRIAGE OF

§

§

§

AND

§

 JUDICIAL DISTRICT

§

§

AND   IN THE INTEREST OF

§

 CHILDREN

§

HARRIS   COUNTY, TEXAS

 

                                     TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AND

                       ORDER SETTING HEARING FOR TEMPORARY ORDERS

 

The application of Petitioner, , for temporary restraining order was presented to the Court today.  Respondent is .

The children the subject of this suit are .

The Court examined the pleadings of Petitioner and finds that Petitioner is entitled to a joint and mutual temporary restraining order.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the clerk of this Court issue a joint and mutual temporary restraining order restraining Petitioner and Respondent, and Petitioner and Respondent are immediately restrained, from:

1.         Communicating with the other party in person, by telephone, or in writing in vulgar, profane, obscene, or indecent language or in a coarse or offensive manner.

2.         Threatening the other party in person, by telephone, or in writing to take unlawful action against any person.

3.         Placing one or more telephone calls, anonymously, at any unreasonable hour, in an offensive and repetitious manner, or without a legitimate purpose of communication.

4.         Causing bodily injury to the other party or to a child of either party.

5.         Threatening the other party or a child of either party with imminent bodily injury.

6.         Destroying, removing, concealing, encumbering, transferring, or otherwise harming or reducing the value of the property of one or both of the parties.

7.         Falsifying any writing or record relating to the property of either party.

8.         Misrepresenting or refusing to disclose to the other party or to the Court, on proper request, the existence, amount, or location of any property of one or both of the parties.

9.         Damaging or destroying the tangible property of one or both of the parties, including any document that represents or embodies anything of value.

10.       Tampering with the tangible property of one or both of the parties, including any document that represents or embodies anything of value, and causing pecuniary loss to the other party.

11.       Selling, transferring, assigning, mortgaging, encumbering, or in any other manner alienating any of the property of Petitioner or Respondent, whether personalty or realty, and whether separate or community, except as specifically authorized by this order.

12.       Incurring any indebtedness, other than legal expenses in connection with this suit, except as specifically authorized by this order.

13.       Making withdrawals from any checking or savings account in any financial institution for any purpose, except as specifically authorized by this order.

14.       Spending any sum of cash in each party’s possession or subject to each party’s control for any purpose, except as specifically authorized by this order.

15.       Withdrawing or borrowing in any manner for any purpose from any retirement, profit-sharing, pension, death, or other employee benefit plan or employee savings plan or from any individual retirement account or Keogh account, except as specifically authorized by this order.

16.       Entering any safe-deposit box in the name of or subject to the control of Petitioner or Respondent, whether individually or jointly with others.

17.       Withdrawing or borrowing in any manner all or any part of the cash surrender value of life insurance policies on the life of Petitioner or Respondent, except as specifically authorized by this order.

18.       Changing or in any manner altering the beneficiary designation on any life insurance on the life of Petitioner or Respondent or the parties’ children.

19.       Canceling, altering, failing to renew or pay premiums, or in any manner affecting the present level of coverage of any life, casualty, automobile, or health insurance policies insuring the parties’ property or persons, including the parties’ children.

20.       Opening or diverting mail addressed to the other party.

21.       Signing or endorsing the other party’s name on any negotiable instrument, check, or draft, such as tax refunds, insurance payments, and dividends, or attempting to negotiate any negotiable instrument payable to the other party without the personal signature of the other party.

22.       Taking any action to terminate or limit credit or charge cards in the name of the other party.

23.       Discontinuing or reducing the withholding for federal income taxes on each party’s wages or salary while this case is pending.

24.       Destroying, disposing of, or altering any financial records of the parties, including but not limited to records from financial institutions (including canceled checks and deposit slips), all records of credit purchases or cash advances, tax returns, and financial statements.

25.       Destroying, disposing of, or altering any e-mail or other electronic data relevant to the subject matters of this case, whether stored on a hard drive or on a diskette or other electronic storage device.

26.       Terminating or in any manner affecting the service of water, electricity, gas, telephone, cable television, or other contractual services, such as security, pest control, landscaping, or yard maintenance,  or in any manner attempting to withdraw any deposits for service in connection with those services.

27.       Excluding Petitioner from the use and enjoyment of the residence located at .

28.       Excluding Respondent from the use and enjoyment of the residence located at .

29.       Entering, operating, or exercising control over any vehicle in the possession of Petitioner.

30.       Entering, operating, or exercising control over any vehiclein the possession of Respondent.

31.       Disturbing the peace of the children or of another party.

32.       Withdrawing the children from enrollment in the school or day-care facility where the children are presently enrolled.

33.       Hiding or secreting the children from the other party.

34.       Making disparaging remarks regarding the other party or the other party’s family in the presence or within the hearing of the children.

35.       Consuming alcohol within the 24 hours before or during the period of possession of or access to the children.

36.       Permitting an unrelated adult with whom either party has an intimate or dating relationship to remain in the same residence with the children between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 8:00A.M.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that each party is authorized only as follows:

To make expenditures and incur indebtedness for reasonable and necessary living expenses for food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and medical care.

To make expenditures and incur indebtedness for reasonable attorney’s fees and expenses in connection with this suit.

To make withdrawals from accounts in financial institutions only for the purposes authorized by this order.

To engage in acts reasonable and necessary to conduct each party’s usual business and occupation.

This joint and mutual restraining order is effective immediately and shall continue in force and effect until further order of this Court or until it expires by operation of law. This order shall be binding on Petitioner and Respondent; on Petitioner’s and Respondent’s agents, servants, and employees; and on those persons in active concert or participation with them who receive actual notice of this order by personal service or otherwise.  The requirement of a bond is waived.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the clerk shall issue notice to Respondent, to appear, and Respondent is ORDERED to appear in person, and Respondent is to furnish information sufficient to accurately identify Respondent’s net resources and ability to pay child support and to bring with him tax returns for the past two years, a financial information statement substantially in the form and detail prescribed by the Texas Family Law Practice Manual (3d ed.), form 4-2, and pay stubs for the past three months.  IT IS ORDERED that Respondent shall appear with those documents before this Court in the courthouse at

___  1115 Congress, Houston, Texas 77020

___  201 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77020

on                     at                        . M.  The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether, while this case is pending:

1.         The preceding temporary restraining order should be made a temporary injunction pending final hearing.

2.         The additional temporary injunction prayed for should be granted.

3.         Petitioner should be awarded the exclusive use and possession of the residence located at, as well as the furniture, furnishings, and other personal property at that residence, while this case is pending, and Respondent should be enjoined from entering or remaining on the premises of the residence and exercising possession or control of any of this personal property, except as authorized by order of this Court.

4.         Petitioner should be awarded exclusive use and control of any vehicle in possession of petitioner, and Respondent should be enjoined from entering, operating, or exercising control over it.

5.         Petitioner should be awarded the exclusive use of the following property, and Respondent should be enjoined from exercising possession or control of any of this property:  .

6.         Petitioner and Respondent should be appointed temporary joint managing conservators, and Petitioner should be designated as the conservator who has the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the children.

7.         Respondent should be ordered to pay child support, health insurance premiums for coverage on the children, an equitable portion of the children’s uninsured medical expenses, the children’s private school expenses and the children’s day‑care expenses while this case is pending.

8.         The Court should order reasonable periods of electronic communication between the children and Petitioner to supplement Petitioner’s periods of possession of the children.

9.         The Court should order Respondent to pay support to Petitioner until a final decree is signed.

10.       The Court should order Respondent to produce copies of income tax returns for tax year 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, a financial statement, and current pay stubs by a date certain.

11.       The Court should order Respondent to pay reasonable interim attorney’s fees and expenses.

12.       The Court should order Respondent to provide a sworn inventory and appraisement of all the separate and community property owned or claimed by the parties and all debts and liabilities owed by the parties substantially in the form and detail prescribed by the Texas Family Law Practice Manual (3d ed.), form 7-1.

13.       The Court should order Respondent to produce copies of all the tax information necessary to prepare Petitioner’s tax returns for tax year 2008, 2009 and 2010 , including tax returns and all supporting schedules for year 2012, by a date certain.

14.       The Court should order the parties to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process before trial of this matter.

15.       The Court should order Respondent to execute all necessary releases required by Petitioner to obtain any discovery allowed by the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

16.       The Court should order Respondent to execute all necessary releases pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 45 C.F.R. section 164.508 to permit Petitioner to obtain health-care information regarding the children.

17.       The Court should order Respondent to execute for all health-care providers of the children an authorization for disclosure of protected health information to Petitioner pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 45 C.F.R. section 164.508.

18.       The Court should order Respondent to designate Petitioner as a person to whom protected health information regarding the children may be disclosed whenever Respondent executes an authorization for disclosure of protected health information pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and 45 C.F.R. section 164.508.

19.       The Court should order a pretrial conference to simplify the issues in this case and determine the stipulations of the parties and for any other matters the Court deems appropriate.

20.       The Court should make all other and further orders respecting the property and the parties that are pleaded for or that are deemed necessary and equitable and for the safety and welfare of the children.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that any authorized person eighteen years of age or older who is not a party to or interested in the outcome of this case may serve any citation, notice, or process in this case.

SIGNED on                               at               .M.

 

                                                                                   

JUDGE PRESIDING

 

The purpose of the temporary restraining order to set up the rules of the divorce.  You may not be agreeable to visitation and support issues with your spouse.  Thus, Judicial intervention in required to give the parties guidance in how to behave in the divorce.

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 10 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Houston 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.  Please call with your family law or divorce questions for contested divorce Houston Texas.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

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

Temporary Restraining Order Houston Texas also would be applicable to the following communities within the greater Houston, Texas Area:

Baytown, Bellaire, Bunker Hill, Deer Park, Friendswood, Galena Park, Humble, Jacinto City, Katy, La Porte, Pasadena, Tomball, West University, Cypress, Crosby, Woodlands, Denver Harbor, Spring & The Woodlands, Spring, Stafford, Sugarland, Galveston, Missouri City, Richmond, & Alief

 

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When you have a divorce agreement or uncontested divorce in Houston, this means that there is no dispute over who gets what.  This can save both time and money for the husband and wife.  You start by filing an original “Petition for Divorce”.  This would be filed in the courthouse of the county in which you reside in Houston, Texas we file at 201 Caroline in the new civil courts buildings.  The petition with no children looks like form below:

NO. _____________________

IN   THE MATTER OF

§

IN   THE DISTRICT COURT
THE   MARRIAGE OF

§

§

§

_______TH   JUDICIAL DISTRICT

§

§

HARRIS   COUNTY, TEXAS

    ORIGINAL PETITION FOR DIVORCE

1.         Discovery Level

Discovery in this case is intended to be conducted under level 2 of rule 190 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

2.         Parties

This suit is brought by , Petitioner. .

is Respondent.

3.         Domicile

Petitioner has been a domiciliary of Texas for the preceding six-month period and a resident of this county for the preceding ninety-day period.

4.         Service

No service on Respondent is necessary at this time.

5.         Protective Order Statement

No protective order under title 4 of the Texas Family Code is in effect, and no application for a protective order is pending with regard to the parties to this suit.

6.         Dates of Marriage and Separation

The parties were married on or about January and ceased to live together as husband and wife on or about January .

7.         Grounds for Divorce

The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities between Petitioner and Respondent that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.

8.         Children of the Marriage

There is no child under eighteen years of age or otherwise entitled to support who was born or adopted of this marriage, and none is expected.

9.         Division of Community Property

Petitioner believes Petitioner and Respondent will enter into an agreement for the division of their estate.  If such an agreement is made, Petitioner requests the Court to approve the agreement and divide their estate in a manner consistent with the agreement.  If such an agreement is not made, Petitioner requests the Court to divide their estate in a manner that the Court deems just and right, as provided by law.

10.       Separate Property

Petitioner owns certain separate property that is not part of the community estate of the parties, and Petitioner requests the Court to confirm that separate property as Petitioner’s separate property and estate.

11.       Prayer

Petitioner prays that citation and notice issue as required by law and that the Court grant a divorce and all other relief requested in this petition.

Petitioner prays for general relief.

Respectfully submitted,

Once you file the case, you then then to prepare the final decree of divorce and waiver to prove up your “divorce agreement.”

Divorce Agreement Houston Texas also would be applicable to the following communities within the greater Houston, Texas Area:

Baytown, Bellaire, Bunker Hill, Deer Park, Friendswood, Galena Park, Humble, Jacinto City, Katy, La Porte, Pasadena, Tomball, West University, Cypress, Crosby, Woodlands, Denver Harbor, Spring & The Woodlands, Spring, Stafford, Sugarland, Galveston, Missouri City, Richmond, & Alief

Texas has sixty day waiting period for which you must wait to prove up your divorce agreement.  After this 60 days, the court requires that the petitioner appear once in court to answer several questions about the dissolution of the marriage.  Once you make the court appearance, Judge typically signs that same day, then your case become indexed in the county records and is considered final 30 days after judge signs the order.  This is due to the ability of a party to file a motion for new trial within the day window.

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 10 years and has tried over 100 cases.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Houston 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.  Please call with your family law or divorce questions for contested divorce Houston Texas.

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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Before filing for divorce here are some pointers.  Be careful about destroying evidence as this may cause you problems later.  At the same time, you want to review this list and attempt to cushion any negative impact your actions prior to filing divorce may had on your decision making.  Some pointers for you:

  • Do check social networking sites and possibly shut down;
  • Do secure self and make provisions to be safe; if there is a threat of violence;
  • Do inform attorney of all relevant facts;
  • Do talk about pre-and postnups, if you have had one;
  • Do walk away from arguments and conflict;
  • Do gather documents early in the process or before divorce begins;
  • Do attend parenting class on attorney advice;
  • Do gather information for inventories – this includes your assets and your debts;
  • Do be on best behavior during the divorce;
  • Do stop cursing in all forms, particularly in texts, e-mails, or other writings;
  • Do disclose criminal history to your attorney;
  • Do seek help for use of alcohol or unlawful substances before filing;
  • Do act as if every conversation is recorded;
  • Do disclose bad behavior to your attorney.
  • Do Not violate a standing order or injunction;
  • Do Not transfer or withdraw large money after filing for divorce;
  • Do Not sell property without the Court’s permission;
  • Do Not take kids out of school or enroll them in a new school;
  • Do Not incur large or frivolous debts;
  • Do Not discuss divorce in depth with kids;
  • Do Not start another romantic relationship;
  • Do Not put divorce information on social network sites;
  • Do Not remove kids from the state to change their residence;
  • Do Not hide assets or resist discovery;
  • Do Not have expectations that the divorce will be over quickly or inexpensively;
  • Do Not be rude or impolite to the other spouse
  • Do Not blog publicly about your divorce proceedings;
  • Do Not write and send nasty emails;
  • Do Not send nasty text messages;
  • Do Not take scandalous photos of yourself;
  • Do Not remove, hide or secret the kids from your spouse.

Lastly, please be advised that we cannot guarantee any expected outcome or conclusion of your legal matter due to numerous and complicated factors which are beyond our control.  Accordingly, we cannot guarantee a favorable outcome in any legal matter that we are handling for you.  We will however, provide reasonable and competent services to represent and protect your interests and will not conclude or settle the matter without your approval.  Should a problem arise with your spouse, please contact our office so that we may be able to advise you of the next step that will need to occur. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our office.

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.  He is familiar with the policy and procedures of the Houston 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.  Please call with your family law or divorce questions for contested divorce Houston Texas.

Michael Busby Jr.

2909 Hillcroft Suite 350

Houston, Texas 77057

(713) 974-1151

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