10 01 2018

Parenting Courses Spring Schedule Provided by ESCAPE Family Resource Center

By | January 10, 2018|Family Law Updates|

The spring schedule for ESCAPE parenting courses in Harris County and Ft Bend County has been released on the ESCAPE Website. “Building New Beginnings” (12 hour) and “Families and Divorce” (4 hour) programs are for divorced or divorcing parents. Divorced or divorcing parents may not attend the same “Building New Beginnings” or “Families and Divorce” course. For more information on these programs, dates and locations, please visit www.ESCAPEfrc.org/classes. Who may attend: Entire families (Divorcing or divorced spouses (must register for separate program dates) Cost: $25 per individual or family (covers course fee, registration, and materials) Certificate: This workshop satisfies the requirements of the family courts in Harris County and Fort Bend County The $25 registration fee applies to all family members who attend the program. Please note that scholarships are available to families who demonstrate financial need. Families must visit or call our office at 713-942-9500 to register before attending the first day of class. Note: Certificates [...]

31 08 2017

Co-Parenting After Divorce

By | August 31, 2017|Children & Family|

Many divorcing parents want to be able to work with the other parent in raising their children. We refer to this in legal terminology as Co-Parenting. There can be as many ways to co-parent as there are parents. There are a number of publications (online and in print) that provide details for the best way to co-parent your children after divorce. Websites have been created to assist parents with scheduling and communication. One that is favored by many courts in the Greater Houston Area is Our Family Wizard. In-person parenting classes are offered that can provide you with in-depth training on how to approach co-parenting after divorce. Here is a short list of pointers to minimize any hostility between the parents and nurture a healthy environment for your children: Communicate. Effective communication is the cornerstone of every successful relationship. Co-parenting your child is no exception. Never degrade the other parent within the hearing of the [...]

17 07 2017

Protect Your Family Interests by Hiring a Family Law Attorney

By | July 17, 2017|Children & Family|

Your future, your children’s future and your financial stability are important and must be protected Why it is important to hire an attorney that specializes in family law to represent you in ANY family law case: Many people might suggest that my point of view on this is biased because I make my living by working for an attorney, but that is not the case. I have witnessed personally the disasters that happen when people choose to represent themselves pro se in divorce or other family law cases. It does not matter how smart you are or how much you study up on the law, unless you practice Family Law in Texas, there are still things you can miss that will cost you in the end. It should be telling that even attorneys decide to hire another attorney when they need legal representation in an area of law with which they are not familiar. Even [...]

7 07 2017

Child Custody Changes in the 85th Texas Legislature

By | July 7, 2017|Children & Family, Family Law Updates|

The Texas Legislature closed the 2017 session on May 29. Several laws were passed that affect Texas Family Law. Here is one small – yet important – child custody change in the statute that governs modification of an order for the Conservatorship, Support, or Possession and Access to a Child. Temporary Orders in a Suit to Modify Primary Conservatorship What the new language states is that – in cases where no parent has been granted the exclusive right to determine the child’s primary residence (primary conservatorship) – a court may not create a temporary order that has the effect of granting one parent this exclusive right. And also, no temporary order may be created that has the effect of changing or eliminating the geographic area within which a parent must maintain the child’s primary residence. This new language does provide for an exception when the temporary order is in the best interest of the child [...]

26 06 2017

Child Custody Evaluation: Changes to Texas Family Law

By | June 26, 2017|Children & Family, Family Law Updates|

Texas Family Law Changes in the 85th Texas Legislature The Texas Legislature closed its biannual session for 2017. Although a Special Session may be called by Governor Abbott, it will not affect any Family Law issues. The Legislature did pass several bills that impact Texas Family Law. Here is one. Child Custody Evaluation The statute dealing with Child Custody Evaluations was revised this year. A significant change now offers more protection to child custody evaluators from being liable for civil damages arising out of the evaluator’s actions, recommendations made or opinion given in their capacity as a child custody evaluator. These protections have been in place for a guardian ad litem, attorney ad litem, and amicus attorneys for some time now. Finally those protections have been extended to evaluators. As anyone who has ever been involved in a child custody case knows, someone is always unhappy with the conclusions in a child custody evaluation. Many [...]

29 12 2014

Texas Family Law in the 84th Texas Legislature

By | December 29, 2014|Family Law Updates|

84th Texas Legislature Begins January 13, 2015 The Texas Legislature will convene on Tuesday, January 13 and run through June 1, 2015. The Law Office of Chris A. Spofford will watch the topics related to Texas Family Law and provide legislative updates and insight to our friends and clients about the 2015 Texas legislative session. As always, it is our commitment to be proactive in protecting our clients’ interests under Texas Family Law, which will continually evolve at the legislature and in the courts.