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Consultation Fee Waived

Due to the current economic circumstances, our firm is waiving its initial consultation fee.  We at the Law Office of Diane St. Yves hope that you and your family is safe and healthy.  We understand the stress of the current situation and have responded accordingly.  If you would like to speak with me or my staff, please call our office and we will schedule a time to conference that is convenient for you.  Our office can be reached at (281) 501-1558.  Despite operating remotely, we are receiving messages and will respond as quickly as possible.  You can also reach us via email at diane@styveslaw.com.  We look forward to hearing from you. ~ Diane

Family Violence & Difficult Times

This is an ugly topic.  I just finished reading Mekisha Jane Walker’s autobiography of her marriage to an abuser.  Her story is compelling and I highly recommend this book for everyone – for yourself, a family member or a friend.  The book entitled, “Why Did You Stay” is a testimonial and a book in support of those who suffer at the hands of their abuser.  Abuse is not limited to a person’s socioeconomic status, educational status, or their presence in the community.

During these difficult times, it is important to know that you do not have to suffer through the physical violence, mental abuse, and/or other forms of abuse just because you are quarantined or social distancing.  You can leave and leave you must.  There are many groups that will support you and your family if you need to leave.  You can share your “secret” without shame.  You can call 911 and you can get help for you and your family.  If you are in a violent situation, please seek help.  Below are some numbers (other than dialing 911) where you can find help.

Houston Area Women’s Center (713) 528-2121

Women’s Home (713) 521-3150

Star of Hope – Women & Family Emergency Shelter (713) 222-2220

Salvation Army (713) 650-650-6530

The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston (713) 667-4493

If you would like to discuss your options regarding divorce and child custody, please call our office at (281) 501-1558.  We are here to help!

 

 

COVID-19 and Mental Health Issues

This is a very difficult time for everyone in our city, state, country and the world.  Being isolated is difficult enough; however, facing financial crises, concerns about paying bills, stability of relationships and possibly the need to home school makes it even more difficult. During these times, you may find yourself feeling depressed, hopeless, tired, irritable and unable to cope.  We are here to assist and will help guide you through the legal aspects of your concerns and we will help guide you to resources that can help.  You are not alone despite the “social distancing.”

I encourage everyone to take a walk or go for a run, take the children out for fresh air and physical activity and take good physical care of themselves and their families.  We know it is easy to write but not necessarily easy to do.  If you are struggling, please reach out to your primary medical provider, the suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255, or find a mental health professional to assist.  If you suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, please contact The Council on Recovery at (713) 942-4100.

Remember, you are not alone….. We are #HoustonStrong and #TexasProud

Our office can always be reached at (281) 501-1558.

Kindest regards, Diane, Ashley, Anna and Evangeline

COVID-19 Virus and Possession Orders

Our office has received numerous calls regarding Spring Break and when a parent must return a child after the Spring Break. We now have a better idea of how the courts in the Houston and surrounding areas are handling such matters.

If you have possession during Spring Break, your period of possession ends on the date set forth on the calendar for the school district and does not extend simply because of the school closings related to COVID-19.

The Courts have been granting writs of habeas corpus and awarding fees against the parent who failed to return the child.

Honestly, I encourage you to work with the other parent to co-parent during these very difficult times. I understand that some parents are incapable of co-parenting and, therefore, the existing order must be followed precisely.

If you have any questions about these and other issues relating to child custody matters, please do not hesitate to contact me at (281) 501-1558. While we are currently working remotely, we have full access to the phone, internet and all other means of communications and are able to assist.

Wishing all of you good health and good spirits during this difficult time.

Spring Break Possession Order

This is the week before Spring Break in many districts and many schools are closing school now because of coronavirus. If you are unsure of whether your child’s other parent has possession, the language the school uses will be key in determining when Spring Break begins for possession purposes.

If your child’s parent intends to take the children on an international trip over Spring Break, I suggest that you and the other parent have a discussion about location, prevention and common sense as to whether or not the child should travel. If you cannot agree, let’s discuss your options.

We are happy to help you make the correct decisions to avoid later court involvement. Please call the Law Office of Diane St. Yves at (281) 501-1558. We are here to help!

American Academy of Family Law Specialists – Mid-Year Meeting

Next Monday, loaded with hand sanitizer, I will be leaving for Montego Bay, Jamaica for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers mid-year conference. During the week, besides washing my hands and not touching my face, I will be learning more about complex issues involving child custody and property issues in family law matters. I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend some quality and amazing time with the “best of the best” and find out different and unique ways to help my clients navigate the unfamiliar waters of divorce and child custody issues.

In the meantime, I hope that we all stay safe and healthy during this precarious time of “coronavirus.” I am no doctor or infectious disease specialist but I know that erring on the side of caution will only help you and your family stay healthy.

Our firm is a compilation of a focused staff who represent the best interests of our clients, are zealous advocates and work toward the best result possible. We are available to help with your family law needs. Please call us at 281-501-1558. We offer in-person consultations and telephone consults to suit your needs and schedules. Please call us.

Corona Virus

To accommodate concerns over coronavirus, our office offers consultations that do not require you to travel or have potential exposure. If you would like to schedule a telephone or FaceTime consultation, please call Anna Polunsky-Hines at 281-501-1558 and we will schedule a convenient time for you to discuss your legal matter in a confidential and secure environment.

The Woodlands Bar Association CLE Program

On January 8, 2020, I will be speaking on Lawyer Wellness at The Woodlands Bar Association luncheon to be held at The Strong Law Firm located at 1790 Hughes Landing Blvd., Suite 200, The Woodlands, TX 77380.  If you would like additional information, please contact my office or Jennifer LeMaster at jennifer@lalawtx.com.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Holiday Office Schedule

Merry Christmas to all of our clients.  To assure that our staff can enjoy the holidays with family and friends, our office will be operating on a limited holiday schedule. We will be available to our current clients, potential clients, attorneys and courts; however, we will be working remotely so please contact us via email:

Diane St. Yves –    Diane@styveslaw.com

Ashley Coleman –  Ashley@styveslaw.com

Anna Hines – ahines@styveslaw.com

If you have an emergency or need to speak with us on the phone, please call our office at 281-501-1558 and your message will be emailed to me and our staff.  We are here and will always be here to help you and your family.  We encourage you to reach out and we will surely accommodate any issues and requests you may have!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!

If you are looking for help understanding family law, business law, or estate and probate law, contact the Law Office of Diane St. Yves, PLLC in Houston, Texas by filling out our contact form or call us at 281-501-1558 today.