Holiday Activities For Kids in TexasAs the song says ” It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. Lights are glistening all over the city and you can feel the excitement in the air. There is so much to do with the kids. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, it can be something as simple as taking in the lights of the city while enjoying some hot chocolate. I encourage you to take advantage of the many activities throughout the city. You will be making memories for your children that will last a lifetime. Below are just a few of the opportunities going on throughout the city:

1. Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights is held beginning mid November continues on through the month of December. During Zoo lights, the Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland for all ages.

2. Santa’s Wonderland

Santa’s Wonderland, just an hour north of Houston in College Station, is a great time for the whole family. You can buy various tickets for to either drive through the Wonderland, walk or ride on a horse and carriage. After you are through with the lights, you can head in over to the village where you can eat, visit with Santa and warm up with some hot coco.

3. Festival of Lights

Festive of Lights is Galveston’s very own kickoff for the holidays with its annual full of fun, festival. The Festive of Lights is held at Moody Gardens in Galveston. Kids can take pictures with Santa, see the class holiday movies you grew up on a take a walk under the Christmas light displays. The Festival of Lights is held all the way until the New Year and January 7th.

4. Magical Winter Lights

The Magical Winter Lights is happening until January 2nd at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque where they light up various themed light displays. There is also a kid’s area, arts and crafts, holiday market and more.

5. Lights in the Heights

Lights in the Heights is held in the Heights neighborhood where the whole neighborhood gets in the spirit of the holidays and the event. During the event, people are able to walk throughout the neighborhood while enjoying the live music, food, hot chocolate and lights. Lights in the Heights is held the second Saturday in December (December 9th), however they are often left up throughout the whole season for people to enjoy.

6. Ice Skating at Discovery Green

Especially if the weather has not gotten into winter temperatures, Ice-skating at Discovery Green is the perfect way to cool down, while also getting in the spirit. Additionally, living in Houston, we do not get to experience real ice-skating on frozen ponds in the winter so this is certainly the next best thing. Discovery Green sets up their outdoor rink no matter the temperatures. There is not cost to get into the park but ice-skating will cost you rentals for the skates and entrance to the ice rink itself.

7. Breakfast with Santa

I certainly remember attending this event as a kid and would highly recommend it to anyone with little kids. The Downtown Aquarium restaurant will host its traditional Breakfast with Santa event. Santa may even make an appearance in the 500,000 gallon fish tank!

If you’re curious about the benefits of mediation when you’re in the midst of a family law dispute, consider contacting a lawyer who has expertise in mediation. Watch the video featuring our board certified attorney Mary E. Ramos, or read our transcription below, to learn a few of the benefits of mediation and contact our team of experienced mediation lawyers at Ramos Law Group to schedule a consultation.

Mary E. Ramos on Mediation:

Ninety percent of cases are actually resolved in mediation. You and I will meet in one room and most of the time, the other attorney and their client will meet in a separate room and the mediator will then go back and forth between both rooms to try and come up with an agreement. Most of the time, one spouse starts with this type of idea where they think they want to be and so does the other spouse. So through the mediation process, we compromise to the point where we can both live with something that we can agree to and sign off on it.

If it’s something that the two of you actually create, it is probably more likely better and more beneficial for your children to follow a mediated settlement agreement, as opposed to allowing the judge to make a decision on your case, being a complete stranger and just another case in the long line of cases that that judge has to rule on that day. You keep control of making decisions on your divorce by participating in successfully coming to an agreement during the mediation process.

Another good advantage to mediation is once we sign off on a mediation settlement agreement, there is no backing out of it. No buyer’s remorse. It’s a done deal. You wouldn’t be able to call me tomorrow and ask, “I kind of don’t agree with what we did in mediation last night. Can I change my mind?”

So that saves a lot of money in trying to prepare to go forward and prepare for a hearing or a type of trial only to get down to the court and maybe being reset, have to come back on another day at the judge’s convenience, spending more money and time and not getting a result and not having the control that you would have over your life and your children and your finances.”

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At Ramos Law Group, PLLC, our divorce lawyers work hard to ensure a positive outcome despite the difficult and challenging circumstances of your situation. If you still have questions about the benefits of mediation, contact our experienced mediation lawyers to schedule an appointment today.

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The following is a list of House Bills and Senate Bills that have caused changes, effective currently unless otherwise noted, in the area of Family Law:

House Bills

  1. HB 826.  This bill amends Section 105.006 (e-2) of the Texas Family Code to require additional mandatory language in orders that orders child support.  The orders are now to include a boldface statement in capital letters that outlines the circumstances under which the court may modify a child support order.
  2. HB910.  This bill amends the law to permit the carrying of handguns that are not concealed.  Numerous provisions in the Family Code were amended to remove the word concealed.  Effective January 1, 2016.
  3. HB 1500.  This bill amends Section 156.006(b-1) of the Texas Family Code.  When filing a motion for a temporary order based on the allegation that the child’s present circumstances would significantly impair the child’s physical health or development, the person requesting the temporary order must execute and attach an affidavit based on his/her personal knowledge or representations made by someone with personal knowledge that contain the facts and support the allegation.   The court shall deny the relief and decline to set the matter for a hearing unless it determines on the basis of the affidavit that the facts are adequate to support the allegation.
  4. HB 1781.  Section 102.0045 of the Texas Family Code is modified to allow the sibling of a child separated for a sibling as a result of an action by the Department of Family Protective Services to file an original suit for access to the child.
  5. HB 3121.  Sections 157.001 and 157.062 of the Texas Family Code are amended to grant the courts broader authority with respect to enforcing temporary orders, including temporary restraining orders, standing orders, injunctions, and any other temporary order rendered by the court.
  6. HB 4086.  Section 201.015(a) of the Texas Family Code is amended relating to the right to a de novo hearing before the referring court after a temporary order was rendered by an associate judge in certain family law proceedings.

Senate Bills

  1. SB 206.  Effective September 1, 2016, Section 161.001(b) is amended to include that a parent who has been convicted of places on community supervision in another jurisdiction under a law that contains elements substantially similar to the elements of any the sections of the Penal Code listed in Section 161.001(b)(1)(L) of the Texas Family code can lead to involuntary termination of the parent-child relationship.
  2. SB 314.  Section 263. 409 is amended to include a requirement that the Department of Family and Protective Services provide a nonparent managing conservator of a child with an explanation of the differences between adoption and appointment as managing conservator and to inform them of the rights and duties of a managing conservator before the court renders an order appointing them as managing conservator.
  3. SB 737 (HB 1660).  Section 85.042 is amended to require courts to send protective orders to law enforcement by the end of the next business day and to permit transmission in electronic form.
  4. SB 812 (HB 1826).  Section 201.001 is amended to allow associate judges to hear and render orders on name change suits pursuant to Title 1, Chapter 45 of the Texas Family Code.
  5. SB 814.  Section 6.4035 is amended to remove the requirement that a waiver of service be sworn before a notary public if the party executing the waiver is incarcerated.  Also, the section is amended to prohibit the use of a digitized signature on a waiver.  In addition, parties are now authorized to waive the issuance or service of citation in suits to remove the disability of a minor, a suit to change the name of an adult or a child, or a suit relating to the parent child-relationship through amendment of sections 31.008. 45.0031, 45.107 and 102.0091.
  6. SB 815.  Section 6.501(a) is amended to include new forms of electronic communications and documents in temporary injunctions the court may issue and adds a list of additional protections of parties after filing for a divorce.
  7. SB 817.  Section 153.005, regarding the issuance of a protective order and the appointment of a managing conservator in certain family law proceedings is amended.
  8. SB 818.  Sections 153.076 is amended to add subsections (b-1) and (c-1) and amending subsection (d).  Section 153.076(b-1) require a court to order that each conservator of a child has the duty to inform the other conservator under certain circumstances concerning whether the conservator establishes a residence with someone subject to a protective order, lives with or provides unsupervised access to a child to someone subject to a protective order, or is subject to a protective order themselves after the date of the order establishing conservatorship.  Section (c-1) outlines the notice requirements and (d) is amended to include failure to provide notice required by (b-1) and (c-1) as Class C misdemeanor.
  9. SB 821 (HB 1825).  This bill amends the Texas Family Code to change the definition of school from a primary school to an elementary school and that elementary school includes prekindergarten.
  10. SB 1929.  Amends 155.207 of the Texas Family Code by extending the period from one to ten days for the clerk of the court to send to the proper court the required documents and adds that a certified copy of the order of transfer signed by the transferring court to the list of required documents.  Additionally, it adds that notice shall be given to the judge of the transferee court on the receipt of the documents, items that must be included in the order of transfer, and the authority of the court to which a suit is transferred to either retain an attorney ad litem or guardian ad litem appointed by the transferring court or to appoint a new attorney ad litem or guardian ad litem by wither the 10th day after receiving the order of transfer or the date of the first scheduled hearing after the transfer.
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Ramos Law Ramos Law Group, PLLC, was founded by board certified attorney Mary E. Ramos, founder of Ramos Law Group, PLLC, who is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Why should you choose a board certified attorney in Texas over a non-board certified attorney? There are several reasons why choosing a board certified attorney could mean a better experience for the client and a more favorable outcome for their case.

More Experience

Becoming a board certified attorney in Texas requires that an attorney in the state of Texas to have practiced law for at least five years, with a minimum of three years in the specialty area. After passing an evaluation by fellow lawyers and judges the attorney must take and pass a 6-hour written certification exam, the attorney is required to continue ongoing involvement in their specialty area and attend Texas Board of Legal Specialization approved legal education courses.

Higher Standards

The standard that Board Certified Attorneys must meet, shows a level of commitment to their specific field of law and an ongoing interest in learning the current trends in their practice area. A board certified attorney has more knowledge and experience in a certain, specific area of law as compared to an attorney who practices in several different areas of law.

Powerful Reputation

The advantage of a board certified attorney to a non-board certified attorney is more than passing a certification test. A board certified attorney possesses a greater level of experience in a single field, maintains close relations with other attorneys within their specific field, and gains ongoing notoriety amongst their peers in the legal community.

Each of these advantages provide better results for the Board Certified Attorney’s client because experience, close relationships, and notoriety all work together in obtaining the best legal result possible for the client.

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Mary E. Ramos understands that being a board certified attorney in Texas means staying fully committed to each case along with continued education to provide the best possible outcomes for each client. If you’re looking for an attorney with a higher level of experience, standards, and reputation, contact our team at Ramos Law Group today to schedule your initial consultation.

Immigration and DivorceThe state of Texas and the Texas Family Code do not mandate that a person be a citizen of the United States to receive a divorce or pursue a custody case. The only residency requirement is that a person must have resided in the state of Texas for the previous six months and resided in the county of filing for the previous 90 days. There is no distinction in the Texas Family Code between a legal or an illegal resident.

A court will not consider immigration status when awarding child custody, child support, property division, spousal maintenance, or any of the other various family law issues one may encounter in the family law court system.

There are immigration status implications for those going through a divorce so it is important to discuss your facts with an attorney if your case involves immigration issues.

What Not To Wear
What NOT to wear to court.

The idea of appearing in court to testify in a contested divorce or other family law matter can be terrifying for anyone. A lot is on the line, possibly custody of children or property, and a person needs to put their best foot forward, both literally and figuratively in learning what to wear to a court hearing or trial.In particular, is the question of what to wear to divorce court. While the family law court system is decidedly more casual than other systems such as civil litigation or federal courts, it is important that litigants dress in an appropriate manner. Here are some tips for what to wear at a typical contested hearing, whether it’s a divorce, child custody case, or any other family law issue.

Suit and Tie? Not always necessary

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What TO wear to court.

In today’s casual day and age, it’s not uncommon for a person to not own a suit. Luckily for family law litigants, a suit is not required when testifying or appearing in court. If you own a suit and it fits nicely then, by all means, wear it; however, don’t go breaking the bank on a new suit if you don’t currently own one. When looking through your wardrobe for what to wear to a court hearing, keep in mind business casual can look just as good as a suit. Dresses, slacks, skirts, and dress shirts can all be worn in court without the necessity of a suit jacket.

Put your Best Foot Forward

Open-toed shoes are an absolute no-no. Sandals, flip flops, strappy heels, etc. should all be avoided when dressing for court. The same can be said for shoes more appropriate for the club or the gym. Men should wear dress shoes, loafers, or boots. Women should stick to closed-toed shoes with a sensible heel height.

Save the Gun Show for Outside the Courtroom

What to wear to court
What TO wear to court.

You do not have the right to bare arms inside the courtroom. Overly casual and revealing clothing are examples of what not to wear to court for a hearing or trial. Even during the hottest days of a Texas summer, it is not appropriate to wear tank tops to court, even if it is on the dressier side. If you’re a lady and you would like to wear a tank top under a sweater that is okay, but unless you have something to wear over the tank you are likely to be asked to wait outside in the hallway. Cap sleeves for the ladies can sometimes show too much arm, so check with your attorney or the court before you show up to make sure what you are wearing is appropriate.

Profane messages or humorous items of clothing should be avoided

No matter how funny you think your t-shirt is, a judge will not find it amusing. A judge will perceive it as an example of your poor judgment and that is never good for your case. This is especially important when considering what to wear for divorce court, as your capacity for good judgment is carefully considered for rulings including child custody.

Hats Off

Don’t wear a hat. Don’t bring a hat. If you’re wondering what hat to wear to a court hearing or trial, the answer is none at all. Even if you wear a hat for most of your waking hours, take it off before you head to court. Wearing a hat will be viewed as disrespectful. It will draw the ire of both the court bailiffs and the judge.

Less is More

It can be very difficult for a judge to take pity on a financially destitute party if they are decked out head to toe in Chanel. It can also make the argument of a person who failed to pay child support that they have no money unbelievable if they are wearing a flashy Rolex watch. It’s best to leave obvious brands or expensive accessories at home. Judges (and opposing attorneys) notice what the people in front of them are wearing so make sure to dress simply. Even fake bags or jewelry can give off an appearance that may result in an unfavorable decision toward your case so save the flashy items of clothing for when you are not in court, so it’s always best to take careful consideration of what to wear to a court hearing or trial.

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We thank you for taking the time and effort to learn how to best approach your case. If you are in need of a family law expert in the area of Houston, Texas, we would love to represent you. Contact us for your consultation.

white gavel, block, and scalesThere is no denying that family life can get tough. For these difficult situations, sometimes it’s necessary to call upon the assistance of a legal professional who has experience in dealing with family issues. Divorce is the most common reason why people hire family lawyers in Houston, but it is certainly not the only one. There are plenty of other issues that demand legal representation from a licensed attorney with a background in family law. Here are some of the most frequent reasons why someone may need to have a good family lawyer on their side.

Divorce-Related Issues

Having a family lawyer is necessary for many reasons – before, during and after a divorce. For example, you may find out a year down the line that what you are paying for spousal or child support is actually not a guideline amount per the Texas Family Code. Or you may wish to have your visitation or custody rights modified. After a divorce is finalized, you never know when you may need to make changes to custody, support, or visitation. Of course, having a family lawyer in Houston is also the best way to keep stress levels at a minimum, keep everything organized and move the proceedings along as fast as possible.

Spousal or Child Abuse

If you are or someone you love is experiencing emotional or physical abuse, it may be necessary to have a legal professional assist you. A good family lawyer in Houston will be able to get you in contact with organizations and people who can help you. It may also be necessary to file a protective order or divorce and move the children. Of course, every single situation is different, so it is important to have an attorney who is experienced in these kinds of domestic issues. Sometimes, it can feel like there are no options if you aren’t familiar with the law, but a family attorney can help you improve your situation.


In the state of Texas, there are plenty of hoops to jump through and paperwork to fill out if you plan on adopting a child. Naturally, this is a positive thing that is in the best interest of the child, but it can be difficult if you don’t know how to proceed. A family lawyer in Houston will walk you through every step to help make your adoption dreams come true. You are going to have to go through a background check, financial status check, legal document verification process and much more. Having a family lawyer on your side is critical if you are planning adoption.

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Having a good family lawyer in Houston on your side is integral when it comes to any family-related issue that is important to you. Nothing in life is worth sacrificing the well-being of you and your loved ones for. If you believe that you need legal advice or representation for any reason, do not hesitate to call Ramos Family Law at (713) 225-6200, or fill out our online contact form to arrange a consultation. We are proud to offer our expertise in family law to those who live in the Houston area. Don’t hesitate; call Ramos Family Law today for superior legal assistance.

New Elected Family Court Judge:

Julia Maldonado – 507th Judicial District Court – Democrat

Judge Julia MaldonadoJulia Maldonado is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She is a graduate of Unversity of Houston-Downtown with a BBA in Accounting and a JD from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  Judge Maldonado has been practicing for over 17 years in the areas of Family, Criminal, and Probate law.  She has run for a variety of offices, and after many years of aspiring to public office, she was elected Judge of the 507th Family Court in 2016.


Returning Family Court Judges:

Charley Prine – 246th Judicial District Court

Judge Charley Prine - 246th Family CourtPreviously the Associate Judge for the 309th Judicial District Court, Charley Prine has been elected to replace longtime Judge Jim York, who has been on the bench since 2002. Prine was appointed as Associate Judge in 2011.

Prine is attended UTEP and South Texas College of Law. He has almost two decades of legal experience in family law.  Prine is a conservative Republican that believes marriage is between a man and a woman and is also pro-life.

Prine is married to his high school sweetheart and has two children.

Republican John Schmude – 247th Judicial District Court

Judge John Schmude
John Schmude, a lifetime resident of the Houston area, was elected to replace retiring Judge Bonnie Crane Hellums and will take the bench of the 247th Judicial District Court. Schmude graduated from South Texas College of Law and the University of Massachusetts.

Schmude intends to set aside the long standing policy in the 247th District Court of denying parents access to their children when they have not filed a certificate of completion of a court mandated parenting course.

Schmude has a wife and two children.


Alicia Franklin – 311th Judicial District Court

Judge Alicia K. Franklin
Republican Alicia Franklin was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to replace controversial Judge Denise Pratt when Pratt stepped down from the bench in August 2014. Judge Franklin has now won the election and will serve a full term as Judge of the 311th Judicial District Court.

Franklin graduated from Mount Mercy College and St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio. She has been in private practice specializing in family law since becoming licensed in 2003.

Franklin does not take the “cookie cutter” approach to family law. She believes her compassion and knowledge of complex family law will help her assist the families of Harris County in their legal endeavors.

Ms. Franklin is also an active volunteer for the 100 Club, Habitat for Humanity, JFK Middle School, and an active member at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. She has also completed three Houston marathons.

Judge Roy Moore – 245th Judicial District Court

Judge Roy Moore – 245th Judicial District CourtIncumbent Republican Roy Moore has been re-elected as Judge of the 245th Judicial District Court. Moore is a recognized authority on family law; he frequently presents at continuing legal education conferences as well as is an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law. Moore and his wife have two young children.



Judge Judy Warne – 257th Judicial District Court

judge-judy-warneRepublic Judge Judy Warne, who has been on the bench since 2005, was re-elected to her position as Judge of the 257th Judicial District Court. Warne received her undergraduate degree from University of St. Thomas and her law degree from University of Houston.

Warne was in private practice with a focus on family law for 25 years prior to becoming a judge.



Judge James Lombardino – 308th Judicial District Court

Judge James LombardinoLombardino defeated his Democratic opponent with 53% of the vote. Lombardino is a native Texan who graduated from University of Houston and received his law degree from South Texas College of Law. Lombardino has been a member of the Houston Bar Association for the past 25 years.

Lombardino believes in putting children first and holding people responsible for their own actions and decisions.



Judge Sheri Y. Dean – 309th Judicial District Court

Judge Sheri DeanJudge Sheri Y. Dean defeated her Democratic opponent with 53% of the vote in this election. She was appointed by the governor as well as elected as Judge of the 309th District Court.

Dean graduated from the University of Texas and received her law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston.


Judge Lisa Millard – 310th Judicial District Court

Judge Lisa MillardJudge Lisa Millard received her law degree from South Texas College of Law. She is a native Houstonian and has been on the bench for almost 19 years. She ran unopposed in this year’s election.

Judge Millard has one child and is a proud grandmother.



Judge David Farr – 312th Judicial District Court

judge-david-farrFormer JAG and associate judge David Farr has been re-elected as Judge of the 312th Judicial District Court. Farr attended Texas A&M and received his law degree from Texas Southern University. He was appointed associate judge in 2005 and from there was elected judge of the 312th.

Farr served another stint as JAG in Iraq before again running for judge in 2010. Farr is Family Law Board certified.

Reduce Stress - Prepare to Testify

  1. Prepare Ahead of Time
  2. Dress for Success
  3. Take a Deep Breath
  4. Listen to the Question Asked
  5. Take Your Time
  6. Answer ONLY the Question Asked
  7. Tell the Truth
  8. Don’t be Argumentative
  9. Listen to what the Judge or Attorney Says
  10. Relax

Quick tip: Before responding briefly pause to opposing counsel’s question to allow your attorney time to object should one be required.

Prepare Ahead of Time

If you have an attorney, you should meet with them prior to trial to discuss what topics will be addressed during testimony and the attorney should give you tips or provide you with materials that will help you prepare for testifying. Many times in a family law case, testimony revolves around specific events and dates. It can be helpful to create a timeline of these events and times to review prior to testifying so you can clearly remember these facts.

Dress for Success

Your appearance can affect how the judge or jury perceives you and your testimony. It is important that you dress conservatively. It doesn’t necessarily need to be your Sunday best but you do need to avoid sleeveless tops, shorts, shirts with inappropriate messages on them, tight or revealing clothing, and open toe shoes. Don’t wear anything that could offend the judge or make them think less of you as a parent or person. Also keep in mind it may come across as ostentatious or tacky if you’re wearing all brand names so keep the Chanel purses and flashy jewelry at home. Wear something comfortable as well, you don’t want to be shifting and fidgeting during testimony because you can’t breathe in your outfit.

Take a Deep Breath

Breathe. It’s understandable that testifying on the stand and under oath is a scary prospect but it’s going to be okay.  Speak slowly. Enunciate your words. What you are saying on the stand could very well affect the outcome of the case. Make sure you speak loudly and clearly. It’s okay to show emotion but try to speak as clearly and calmly as possible. You want to make sure everyone can clearly hear what you are saying. You’re not on a timer, take the time to gather your thoughts and make sure you say what you want to say.

Listen to the Question Asked

You may be asked hundreds of questions while you’re on the stand testifying and often many of the questions may seem very similar and you just want to repeat the previous answer. Or you may think you know what the attorney is going to ask and go ahead and answer before they finish the question. Do not do this. Make sure you listen very carefully to the question that was asked, take the time to digest the question and make sure you answer addresses the specific question asked. You don’t want to get tripped up by the opposing counsel or say something that was not even relevant to the case.

Take Your Time

Many people start speaking at high rates of speed when they get nervous. This is a normal human reaction. However, you want to make sure the judge, jury, court reporter, and attorneys all understand what you are saying. So take a deep breath and slowly respond. Speaking slowly and calmly will also help to formulate the best answer possible.

Answer ONLY the Question Asked

Don’t elaborate. Don’t answer a question that wasn’t specifically asked. You will get your chance to tell your full story, just take everything one step at a time. Your attorney will ask you specific questions to paint a full picture of your side so don’t spill everything at once. And you don’t want to start oversharing when the other side is asking you questions. Answer only the question asked with short and sweet sentences.

Tell the Truth

This should be an automatic but sometimes people forget they are under oath or attempt to try and stretch the truth.

Don’t be Argumentative

You’re trying to impress the finder of fact so that they will find in your favor. Answering the opposing side’s questions can be frustrating or you may not believe your side is being adequately portrayed. But you need to stay calm. Don’t try to talk over the attorney. Don’t interrupt either an attorney or a judge when they are speaking. Don’t get an attitude on the stand.

Listen to what the Judge or Attorney Says

An attorney may make what is called an objection, which could cause the question asked to be reworded or set aside. A judge may ask you to stop talking or not to answer a specific question. Make sure you are actually listening to prevent yourself from speaking out of turn.


Of course you’re going to be nervous during testimony. It’s natural. However body language can be as important as verbal statements. Don’t pick at your nails or fidget, it could come across as lying. Don’t cross your arms or have an aggressive look on your face, you want to come across as honest and sympathetic.

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While a  divorce or custody battle can certainly be an emotionally trying time for both parties, it can be especially hard on children. Young kids may not be able to fully understand why these changes are happening. If they do comprehend the situation, they may feel hurt, or even as if they are to blame. It is vital for parents to keep the best interest of their children in mind at all times during this process. While a family lawyer in Houston, TX can certainly help in this situation, there are situations that require an amicus attorney to step in and help the children.

determine child supportProtect Your Child’s Best Interests

During a contested divorce or custody battle, it is common for both spouses to have differing opinions about custody arrangements. It can be all too easy to let emotions get in the way of better judgment, which is why it may be necessary to have an impartial third party intervene. A family lawyer in Houston, TX can fulfill this role in many situations, but there are times when a judge may deem an amicus necessary to achieve positive results for the children involved. An amicus attorney is one who specializes in the well-being of children who are going to be affected by the divorce.

When is an Amicus Necessary?

If the parties do not agree or the court is not able to come to a conclusive ruling regarding the children, it may be necessary to appoint an amicus attorney. If a spouse feels that the children are not getting what is best for them, they may request an amicus to take a more in-depth approach and get to the core of the issue. When neither parent requests an amicus, it is up to the judge to determine whether or not one is necessary..

What Can an Amicus Do?

The amicus can perform duties including interviews with children who are four years of age or older, interviewing other people who are a part of the child’s life, investigating the facts of the case, obtaining necessary records and documents, and more. You can help to streamline this process by creating a binder that has any information that you feel the amicus should know about. With this step, the amicus will be able to do their job much more efficiently. Talk to your family lawyer in Houston, TX for more information on what to include.

Should You Request an Amicus?

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All divorces are different, so it is impossible to say whether your children would benefit from an amicus attorney. If you feel like your child’s best interests are not being accurately represented, you may wish to request an amicus. Your family lawyer in Houston, TX will be able to offer you pertinent advice on whether or not to make such a request. If a judge feels like they are not getting the full story, they may appoint an amicus regardless of whether the spouses request one or not.

Get the Best Results for You and Your Children

As you look for a family lawyer in Houston, TX, you must consider experience. Ramos Family Law Firm has served as amicus  for many cases, so we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help your children get the best possible situation. Don’t risk the well-being of your loved ones by hiring an inadequate lawyer. For unrivaled legal assistance, call 713-225-6200 and schedule a consultation today.

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