Archive for January, 2011

Do-it-yourself divorce resources from a Houston Divorce Attorney

Monday, January 31st, 2011

In the current economy, my clients and prospective clients are taking stock of the costs associated with their case.  All too often, due to loss of a job or other financial pinch, many people are choosing to represent themselves (do-it-yourself) in their divorce or family law matter.

Although people often represent themselves out of the goal of saving money, it is important to know that there are other ways to lower the cost of a divorce without leaving yourself exposed to bad outcomes that can happen in a do-it-yourself scenario.  Oftentimes it just takes a frank, up-front conversation about the client’s goals to be accomplished and the budget that my client has to work within, in order for my client and I to come up with an affordable solution.

So before you just give up and go look for the latest do-it-yourself divorce guide at the bookstore in hope that you can get it right, take a step back and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. In this divorce/family law/child support/child custody case, what is it that I would really like to achieve?
  2. If I were to explain to a court why this outcome is best for my child(-ren), what would I say?
  3. How much emotional energy can I devote to this matter?
  4. Knowing that the court system may not move as quick as I wish, how long am I prepared to be involved in this matter, and how long is too long?
  5. How much money am I able to invest in this matter if it turns into a contentious fight?

If you are able to thoughtfully answer these questions then you should consider taking the time to consult with a veteran family law attorney.  If you have read my materials and visited my site and believe you and I might work well as a team, then please please feel free to call me at (713) 370-7100 or email me at  Eric

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