Archive for the ‘Child Support’ Category

Keeping the cost of your divorce/child support case under control

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The cases and cost of attorney’s fees in a family law matter are much like cars…they come in many makes, styles, and price ranges. And just like shopping for a car, you should have an idea of what you are looking for and what is in your budget BEFORE you begin.

I know, I can hear you saying now how you don’t know what you are looking to get out of this case yet, because you don’t know all of your options. I get that completely. So make sure that when you meet with me, or any attorney, you are up front about your goals and your limitations going into the suit.

This information will help me better craft your strategy AND save you some money in the long run.

Feel free to call me at (713) 370-7100 to set a time for us to sit down together and plan the steps to resolving your situation. You may also visit my website at Eric

Can I get a private divorce?

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

I was recently asked whether a client’s divorce could be private. That’s a very insightful question, because many of us have no desire to have our family’s dirty laundry aired in public. In this particular client’s case, I recommended that we use collaborative law so that the parties are in control of the process, rather than the courts.

It is often a smooth fit for a divorcing couple who value their time, their money, and their image. If you are looking to make your divorce a private and mature matter, please call or email and we can visit about your situation. Eric Gruetzner

Eric Gruetzner

Attorney at Law

(713) 370-7100

A look at celebrity child support payments

Friday, May 11th, 2012

And you thought your child support amount wasn’t computed correctly? Well, the Wall Street Journal this week look at some recent celebrity child support agreements, and what was being paid for, and it’s not your “average” child support….

Hiding Millions From Your Ex Gets Harder, Thanks To Offshore Tax Crackdown

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Forbes Magazine ran a March 16, 2012 story chronicling one Alaska doctor’s attempts to hide $4.7 million from his ex-wife…the long arm of the long found him.

Collecting your child support…it’s not always automatic!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

So, you have a Divorce Decree or other final order that says that the child’s other parent is ordered to pay child support, but you are not receiving it. What can you do now?

If you are frustrated, and getting nowhere with your collection efforts with the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, then it’s probably time for you to consult with a family lawyer about the range of collection possibilities that may be available to you.

The good news is that with options like enforcement, child support liens, tax refund garnishment, and the like, you will likely get paid if you are two things: 1) persistent and 2) patient.

I would welcome the opportunity to visit with you about your matter if you are encountering child support collection problems. Eric

Law Office of Eric Gruetzner (713) 370-7100 or

I was just served with a divorce petition/family lawsuit…what now?

Monday, February 21st, 2011

The shock and swell of emotions can be immense…you were just served with court papers saying your spouse wants a divorce or your child’s other parent now wants to add/change/delete child support or visitation provisions!

It can be overwhelming yes, but it can be worked through.  Like many Houston divorce attorneys, I regularly counsel people in just this position, and the goal is to resolve as many of their uncertainties as possible.

There are a tremendous number of “urban legends” about divorce and family law so beware.  Your friends, neighbors, co-workers may be quick to tell you about what happened to them during their case, and most of the time these people in our lives are very well-intentioned and are trying to help and ease our minds.

Probably the thought that rattles me most is when folks say (or believe) that they don’t need an attorney even though their spouse has one.  Trust me….99 times out of 100, you need an attorney if your spouse or ex has one.  You can bet that their attorney knows family law, rules of evidence, and rules of civil procedure…all of which are instrumental to presenting your case to the judge.  Even the most merciful judges cannot make-up for an unrepresented party not getting things right.

So take some time to process this…you were served, now you can consult with a family lawyer who can help you solve this problem.  Call me today at (713) 370-7100.  My divorce information page is also a good start.

Take care, Eric (

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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I lost my job, how do I reduce my child support in Harris County, Texas?

Friday, November 19th, 2010

I’ve received this question more than a few times this year. With the down economy that has affected so many Americans, that means a lot of persons paying child support have also been affected, and now have questions about how to lower their child support payments.

Let me start by answering several questions that routinely arise with the topic of lowering child support.  First, in Texas the only way to legally lower your child support payment is to get a court order signed that lowers that payment.  You cannot make an agreement with your ex to lower support, even a written agreement, that will legally lower your obligation.  The state is clear on this point and I regularly advise clients not to make informal agreements and “hope” that it all works out. 

Also, what is the effect of having another child?  The courts must take into account all children that the child support obligor has a duty of support.  If you have had another child since the last order, then your percentage of child support will go down.

And finally, I’m asked, “What if I just do nothing, I won’t owe support after the child turns 18, right?” Wrong.

As long as the other parent or Texas Attorney General get proper orders entered before the child turns 18, then you are on the hook and that obligation will never go away by itself.

Call me today and let’s discussion your situation…(713) 370-7100.  If you do nothing at all, that will be the most expensive avenue…save yourself the time, money and anxiety and let’s start solving your problem right now! Eric

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