Diane St. Yves - Board Certified - Family Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
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The thought of getting a divorce can trigger a large range of emotions. It is a difficult time filled with extreme feelings, financial upheaval and, unfortunately, pain and emotional distress. Divorce can often bring out the worst in people. It is the function of a family law attorney to guide you through the tumultuous divorce process and help protect you from feelings of anxiety and fear. When going through this stressful time, It is important to work with someone that knows the law and has your best interests in mind. You want a professional on your side that will listen, advance your objectives, use clever problem solving skills and negotiate shrewdly and strategically on your behalf.

In Texas, everyone is entitled to a divorce if they decide they want one. Divorce can be contested and uncontested. The divorce process is designed to help reach agreements or prepare for trial so that the judge or jury can order the terms. While we continually strive to help clients reach agreements outside of court, we are always preparing for trial if negotiations fail. The goal of the Law Office of Diane St. Yves is to get you through the process as efficiently and painlessly as possible.

Maneuvering through the Divorce process, includes the resolution of child custody issues, child support, property division and a variety of other issues.

Whether a divorce is contested or uncontested refers to whether or not you and your spouse have reached agreements as to the terms of the divorce, such as division of property and debts and an agreed parenting plan providing for custody, possession, access and child medical support. If you have reached agreements then you have what is considered an uncontested divorce and the process can be quicker and streamlined. If you cannot agree on terms, then you have a contested divorce. The Law Offices of Diane St. Yves can help you with the negotiations, mediation and, if need be, a trial to a judge or jury.

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.

When A Child Or Children Are Involved…

One of the most precious assets of a marriage are the children. When a married couple with children wants to dissolve their marriage and files for divorce, Texas requires them to include a suit affecting the parent-child relationship (SAPCR). The end of a marriage, and the transitioning from one household to two, necessitates determining with whom the children will live as well as when and how visitation will be exercised. Many issues arise and need to be determined:

  • • Custody of the child (sole or joint managing conservatorship)
  • • Who pays child support and health care insurance for the child
  • • Visitation (parenting plan with standard or extended possession order or even a customized plan)
  • • Special provisions for a child under age three or a child with disabilities or special needs
  • • Rights and duties of the parents with regard to the child.

For more detailed information about Child Custody in divorce, click here to visit our Child Custody section.

The Divorce Attorneys at the Law Office of Diane St. Yves are skilled at drafting a parenting plan that creatively fits your individual situation. Contact our office today at 281-501-1558 to get an evaluation of your case or fill in our contact form on this page.