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Obtaining and Evaluating Financial Information
Identifying relevant information on assets, debts, income and expenses
Obtaining financial information
• Using financial information questionnaires
• Using interrogatories, requests for production, deposition testimony,
• Valuing assets
Evaluating the information you have obtained
Working with accountants and financial experts
Preparing financial statements
Practice E. Ross
Preparing Pleadings and Assisting with Motion
Preparing initial pleadings Requesting temporary relief
Preparing for the temporary orders hearing Preparing the temporary orders
Assisting with Alternative Dispute Resolution
Assisting in family law mediation
Understanding and assisting in divorce arbitration
Assisting in the collaborative divorce process
Assisting with Child Custody and Visitation Issues
Current status of custody law in Texas
Obtaining relevant information
• Client interview, custody questionnaires, authorizations for disclosure,
using formal discovery
Working with guardian-ad-litem Working with experts
Drafting and reviewing parenting plans
Enforcing and Modifying Family Law Orders and Decrees
Implementing divorce decrees and orders
• Preparing and filing the decree
• Preparing other necessary documents
• Enforcing judgments and orders
Modifying decrees and orders
• Determining which parts of a decree or order are subject to modification, deciding when to seek modification
Assisting in modification actions
H. Rampy Baird
Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice
Complying with rules of professional responsibility and ethics guidelines for attorneys and paralegals
Ethical considerations in negotiations and communications with opposing counsel and your client
• Review of mandates from the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
• Principles from the Texas Lawyer’s Creed
• Working with the secretive or dishonest client
• Zealous (vs. over-zealous) representation
Avoiding conflicts of interest
Maintaining client confidentiality
Avoiding the unauthorized practice of law
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Texas Certified Paralegals
6.5 Family Law CLE Hours
Associate attorney at Schlanger Silver LLP in Houston
A native Houstonian, Ms. Canales earned her B.A. degree in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2012. After graduating, she attended South Texas College of Law while also working for a small family law firm in Pearland, Texas. During law school, Ms. Canales gained practice-ready skills in both the Family Law Advanced Clinic and Domestic Violence Clinic. She is a second-generation family law attorney and grew up wanting to help people navigate what is often the most difficult time of their lives. After being admitted to practice law in November 2016, Ms. Canales began her legal career at Burgower Law, LLP in January 2017 and remained there until joining Schlanger Silver LLP in January 2020. She handles a variety of family law matters including adoptions, divorces, child custody disputes, enforcements, marital agreements, and modification actions.
Kinser & Bates, LLP
Ms. Melhart has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 2007 and earned board certification in family law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2014. Ms. Melhart has extensive experience within the family law field, including several years as a prosecutor representing the Department of Family and Protective Services. As a CPS prosecutor, Ms. Melhart received the award for excellence in serving children from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Trinity Valley. She has also been named by Super Lawyers as a Texas Rising Star each year since 2013 and is on the faculty for the NITA/American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute held in Boulder, Colorado, every July.
Holly Rampy Baird
Orsinger, Nelson, Downing and Anderson, LLP
Ms. Baird’s practice is limited solely to family law. She graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2006 and earned her undergraduate degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 2002, where she graduated with a double major in Finance and Economics. Ms. Baird’s background in finance laid the groundwork for her practice which is focused on cases involving complex property divisions. She also handles cases involving difficult child custody matters in divorces, modifications, paternity suits, and enforcements. Ms. Baird was licensed to practice law in Texas in November 2010, and she is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was selected as a Rising Star by Thomas Reuters each year from 2014 to 2018, and she was named as one of the top 50 up-and-coming Women and top 100 up-and-coming Attorneys in Texas in 2017, as published in Texas Monthly magazine. She was also selected to D Magazine’s list of Best Lawyers Under 40 in 2018. Ms. Baird is a member of the Family Law Section of the Dallas Bar Association, the Texas Family Law Foundation, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and its foundation, and the Annette Stewart American Inn of Court.
Emily T. Ross
Law Office of Emily T. Ross, PLLC
Ms. Ross practices exclusively family law in Montgomery and Harris Counties. In addition to being a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and Houston Bar Association, she is an active member of the Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law American Inn of Court, an organization focused on mentoring attorneys and enriching the practice of family law through education and ethical awareness. Ms. Ross also serves on the Bill Review Committee of the Texas Family Law Foundation, reviewing and advising on legislation that impacts family lawyers and their clients throughout Texas. She earned her B.S. degree in Psychology and Criminology from Florida State University and her J.D. degree from Baylor University School of Law.
Mari L. Wise
Attorney with The Wise Law Firm in Houston
Ms. Wise is a board certified family law attorney practicing family law in Harris County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Waller County, Brazoria County and surrounding counties. Most frequently, she serves clients in Houston, Katy, Sugarland, Richmond, and throughout the surrounding areas. Ms. Wise helps clients in all divorce and family law related matters, including child custody and child support, spousal maintenance, property division, post-divorce modifications and appeals. She also assists clients in other areas of family law, such as adoptions and paternity proceedings. Ms. Wise was admitted to the practice of law in Texas in 2000 and was admitted to the United State District Court for the Southern District of Texas in 2004. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin with honors, majoring in Psychology, and she earned her J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. Ms. Wise is a member of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Texas Family Law Division, College of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association and Houston Bar Association Family Law Division, as well as the Fort Bend County Bar Association.