Family Law & Divorce Information in Houston, Texas

Family Law, Divorce, In Houston Texas

Houston Texas Divorce Court 311th Of Harris County

Posted on : November 12, 2012 |
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“Houston Texas Divorce Court 311th Of Harris County”

The Houston Texas Divorce Court 311th of Harris County, Texas hears family law matters generally from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The 311th   Judicial District of Harris County Texas is located on the 7th floor of the family law center at 1115 Congress Houston Texas.  This court hears divorce and other family law matters in Houston, Texas.  Judge Pratt resigned in March 2014.   The two candidates to replace Judge Pratt are Alicia Franklin, on the Republican side and Sherri Cothrun on the Democrat side.  Judge Newey continues to serve as the associate Judge. Alicia Franklin took the bench in June of 2014.  Judge Newey has announced that he is leaving in December of 2014.

“Procedures in the 311th Divorce Court”

Procedure in the 311th Divorce Court start with agreed uncontested divorce and/or hearings which begin start at 8:30 a.m. Judge Newey typically comes out at about 8:45 a.m.  The docket starts at 9:00 a.m.  Trial docket start on Mondays at 9 a.m. with a two week rotation to hear or try your case.   Mediation is  required before temporary orders in which child custody is at issue and  all final trials.  Judge Newey rulings are very narrow if the case has been recently filed.  He does not typically punish someone until there has been gross misconduct but then when there is a track record he comes down hard.  He is known to strike pleadings for failure to timely answer discovery.   Cases are typically brought to trial within 8 months.  Judge Franklin is new, so little is known about her ruling.

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I am a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Association of Debtor's Attorneys and I am admitted to practice in the Federal Courts in the Southern District of Texas. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a Field Artillery Cannoner from 1989 to 1993. I spent another 4 years from 1993 to 1997 in the National Guard for the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. I received my Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 I worked as a funeral director and embalmer at Harry & Bryant Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. I graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2002. I have been faithfully married for 18 years and I am the the proud father of two daughters, Viktoria and Hannah Busby and father of Willam Maximus "Billy Max" Busby.