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.  At the present time, Senior Judge Doug Warne and retired Judge Thomas Stansbury are presided over most of the hearings in the 311th.  Judge  James Squier has also been seen in the 311th on several occasions.

“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 9:30 a.m.  Trial docket start on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. with a two week rotation to hear or try your case. The court is supposed to be going back to Mondays sometime in 2014, but one will have to wait to see which Judge ends up as the presiding judge before final trial docket has been determined.   Mediation is not required before temporary orders but before 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   My firm has tried over a dozen cases in this court.  I have tried cases with all three visiting judges and now their philosophy.  To review pleading filed in the Houston Texas Divorce Court 311th of Harris County, you must go the district clerk at



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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 have three children and a wife. I have been married for over 20 years. I spent 4 years in the USMC 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. Prior to becoming an attorney in 2002, I was a licensed funeral director in Oklahoma and North Carolina. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as a Field Artillery Cannoner from 1989 to 1993. I received my Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1996. I graduated from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. I am a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Law fraternity and authored an international law legal article in a law journal published by South Texas College of Law. I have been faithfully married for 18 years and is the proud father of two daughters, Viktoria and Hannah Busby and father of Willam Maximus "Billy Max" Busby.