St. Yves Law Blog
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State Bar Board of Directors, District 4
A year ago today, voting began for State Bar Director for District 4 (Houston). I had already been spreading the word about my campaign for nearly six weeks. I met so many attorneys, attended events, CLE programs, luncheons, brunches and was invited to speak to so many. The result? You elected me.
The better result? I made more friends than I could ever imagine. Over the past year, I have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. I have colleagues who refer cases to me and I refer to them. I run into you in airports, restaurants, courthouses, and on the streets of downtown. So…. very cool indeed.
This past year has been educational, trying, frustrating, fun, enjoyable, busy and amazing. While we cannot reach all of our goals in a flash, we have made great strides in working toward solutions.
I thank you for trusting me with this job. Even under the current worldwide circumstances, the State Bar continues to work remotely to meet the needs of our members.
Thank you Randy Sorrels and Larry McDougal for your strong leadership. I am honored to serve with you and so many other leaders.
Changes in Employment or Change of Residence
It is a difficult time we are living through and we are all in this together. The current pandemic situation and economic outlook has caused many to lose their jobs requiring them to move in with family or friends.
If you are one of these unfortunate ones and are working under a custody order, it is imperative that you notify the other party via certified mail/return receipt requested and the Court and Child Support Disbursement via regular mail of your new employment status and your change of address.
Generally the orders require 60 days notice and, if you are unable to provide 60 days notice, you must notify the other parent within five (5) days of the change of employment or change of residence. A text message, email or other unofficial notification will not suffice under the circumstances.
Take this time to thoroughly review your final order and refresh your memory as to your duties and obligations to prevent unnecessary court action. If you need assistance with interpreting provisions of your order, please call us and we will help. Our number is (281) 501-1558 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org #houstonstrong #texasproud
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 email@example.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.
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.