Thank you to our Harris County family court judges! The judges held a meeting Monday afternoon after my last newsletter went out and they adopted a new set of UNIFORM procedures that apply to all ten family courts while the pandemic is still upon us.
Highlights of these new uniform procedures include:
These procedures expire on May 8 unless extended.
Unsworn declarations can be used in lieu of affidavits to prove up agreements.
The list of hearing types that will be heard on submission has been expanded.
Very specific instructions for hearings by submission are provided.
Each court will post its own policies on Zoom hearings. Some courts will use this option more than others. Most experienced lawyers agree with me that Zoom cannot work for contested cases involving non-party witnesses and many exhibits.
My next newsletter will summarize what suburban family courts are doing and provide important information every law firm needs about financial assistance during this crisis. Click here to download a PDF that summarizes a new type of SBA "loan" that every law firm should apply for starting on Friday.
I may not win every case (even if in my heart I expect to). I just want an efficient system in which my client gets a fair hearing before a judge who works hard, knows the law, and does not play favorites. I also expect judges to appoint qualified amicus attorneys who zealously look after children (and who actually personally visit their minor clients in their homes). Is that asking too much? Stay tuned.
The Enos Law Firm
The Enos Law Firm
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Attorney Greg Enos has been through his own divorce and child custody battle (he won) and understands what his clients are going through. Enos graduated from the University of Texas Law School and was a successful personal injury attorney in Texas City before he decided his true calling was to help families in divorce and child custody cases. Greg Enos is active in politics and in Clear Lake area charities. He has served as President of the Bay Area Bar Association and President of the Board of Interfaith Caring Ministries. The Enos Law Firm serves clients in Galveston County, Brazoria County and Harris County, Texas.
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