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Mediation

Mediation is the process of settling a case by using a disinterested and trained third party to resolve the differences between the parties. The parties are in separate rooms and rarely do their paths cross. Most family law cases actually settle prior to trial. Many times my clients ask or even insist on going to trial. I enjoy the work and challenge of trial yet am always supportive of a resolution without trial. Why?  If a family law case goes to trial, you are asking a judge or a jury of 12 of your peers to make the decision as to where your children will primarily reside. I describe a family law trial as throwing a hand grenade into the middle of your family. It is grueling, scary, unpredictable and expensive. Sometimes Mediation means you give up something to get something else. Sometimes it’s just a compromise where you have to plug your nose to sign. Sometimes a case just has to go to trial and the preparation process will begin long before the date you’re set to go. If you do have to go to trial, think about the effects it will have on you, your children and your financial future and decide wisely.

If you are needing assistance with your family law case, please call our office at 281-501-1558 and schedule a time to meet with us. We are always here to help.

Young children are generally more resilient than older or grown children in divorce

Frequently I hear clients tell me that they are not going to file for divorce until the kids graduate high school, are through college or finals or ….. they believe that their parents’ divorce will be easier because they are older. This is simply not true. In my years of practice, I have found that young children are generally more resilient than older or grown children. If you are considering divorce and your children are older, I encourage you to be aware of your grown children’s emotions, their heartache and their loss. They are not your therapist nor are they a messenger to the other parent. You cannot expect them to take sides and you should encourage them to enjoy the other parent as much as they enjoy you. Listen to their words. Believe what they say. Let them cry. Assure them that the divorce is not their fault. Be kind to them even when they are not kind to you. Tell them they are not responsible for fixing what is broken between their parents. Love them. With all of your broken heart. Just love them. Your children still need you. They need your unconditional love. Your support. Your patience and kindness. Even when you do not even know if you can get out of bed because of your own emotional pain, your grown children (as much or more than your younger children) need every part of you.

Taking Control Workshop

On March 3, 2018, I will once again be speaking at the workshop – “Taking Control”.

The workshop is a half day program designed for women who are considering divorce or walking through this painful and often confusing and complicated process. The Taking Control workshop provides women with counsel and information from family lawyers, financial advisers and mental health experts to help women learn more and be prepared. If you are interested in attending or learning more, please watch my feed and, once the program is available, I will post it.

If you have any questions about the workshop or need assistance with a family law matter, please feel free to call our office at 281-501-1558 or visit our website at www.styveslaw.com

Co-parenting under a standard possession order

If you are co-parenting under a standard possession order, you will need to designate your summer periods of possession before April 1st of this year. If you do not designate specific dates, you will default to the month of July if you reside within 100 miles of the other parent. If you want to plan a vacation and/or enroll your child in a special program (e.g., Vacation Bible School, summer camp), think ahead and make the specific designation before April 1st. Make all resignations in writing – preferably via certified mail/return receipt requested or via email requesting a read receipt.

If you are being denied your possession or have questions regarding your current possession order, we are here to help. Please call my office at 281-501-1558 or visit my website at.

Working Under A Custody Order…

If you are working under a custody order, please remember that you cannot
withhold visitation because the noncustodial party is not or does not pay
child support. Also, a party cannot withhold child support because the custodial
parent is not following the possession order. Both actions are contemptible
and the courts can levy serious punishments for doing either.


If you have questions about child support or possession,
please feel free to contact my office at (281) 501-1558.
We are here to help.

Remember, the holidays are to enjoy special family time with your children

If you are currently working under a court ordered possession schedule, please take a moment before school recesses and the holidays get underway to fully understand what period of possession to which you are entitled. This will help with any confusion as Christmas approaches. Parents are encouraged to work out agreements for the children and should do so; however, be sure there is a true meeting of the minds and each parents understand the schedule agreed to between them.

Please remember that the holidays are for you to enjoy special family time with your children. Do not engage in any interrogation, questioning, or make any comments about the other parent or the other parent’s family during your visit. Obviously this is something that should never happen; however, the children (of all ages) need to have a fabulous experience with you and the rest of their family. Please do not encourage or allow others to do make any comments or inquiries either. Even if you know this is happening in the other household, it should not happen at your house. Please remember that it only takes one good parent to raise a loving, successful, productive and independent child. Be that good parent.

To all: I wish you the Happiest of Holidays, Merriest of Christmas and Happiest of New Years.


The experienced family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Diane St. Yves can help assist you with family law issues. Call 281-501-1558 to schedule a consultation or fill in the contact form on this page and meet with one of our family law attorneys to get an evaluation acheter viagra sans ordonnance of your case.

Should I have a will?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdSvBRuOTKA

Diane St Yves answers your question on if you should have a will and the importance of having a will.

Is an assumed name certificate sufficient to protect me an my family in a lawsuit?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj78pWcljxQ

Diane St Yves answers your question on if an assumed name certificate at the courthouse that you filed for your small business sufficient to protect you and your family should you be named in a lawsuit.

My child’s mother won’t let me see my child. What should I do?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDYJpr1Tkwk

Diane St Yves answers the question of what steps one can take in the case that one guardian will not allow the other to view their child.

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.