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Can I Still Contact an Attorney During Uncertain Times?

It probably comes as no surprise that COVID-19 has slowed or stopped many important activities in Texas and across the globe. The Texas courts are no exception. Courts have slowed across the state, and jury trials are on hold. 

You should know, however, that stay home orders do not include many essential services. And “workers supporting the operations of the judicial system” are an essential service. Judges, clerks and court staff are all working–they’re just working in ways that help protect them and others from potential exposure to the coronavirus.

So, if you have an essential legal matter that needs to be taken care of, courts will be able to act–even in such uncertain times. You should not hesitate to contact an attorney for the help you need. This is especially true for matters like:

  • Child protection
  • CPS hearings, like removals, status reviews and permanency review hearings
  • Domestic abuse/family violence, including temporary restraining orders (TROs)
  • Adoptions
  • Child support bond releases
  • Protection of someone you love when their health or safety is at risk

Video Conferences Through Zoom

Courts are adapting to what may be our “new normal” for some time. For example, many essential hearings are taking place as video conferences. Texas courts have access to new remote proceedings capability through Zoom, and the court system says that some proceedings can be conducted remotely through this technology.

If you’ve never done a Zoom conference before, you’ll likely become familiar soon. The number of Zoom users has increased significantly. If you do appear at a video conference, your lawyer will walk you through how it works to help ensure things go smoothly.

Estate Planning and COVID-19

It’s also a good time to talk with an attorney about your estate planning documents. Having an estate plan in place can give you peace of mind, even during uncertain times. Your lawyer can draft a will, power of attorney, health care directive and other important documents.

These documents will help make sure your wishes are followed in the event of serious illness. They can give your loved ones the tools necessary to manage your affairs and to make important decisions about your healthcare and finances.

Questions About Family Court? Contact an Attorney.

If you need legal help protecting your interests or the interests of a loved one during uncertain times, call the Arlington office of the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., at 817-799-7125 or send us a message. Our Texas divorce lawyers are here to support you and your family. 


5 Tips to Prepare You for Texas Family Court

Going to family court in Texas can be stressful. It’s hard to know exactly what to expect. Here are some tips from our experienced family law attorneys to help you prepare yourself for your day in court.

1. Know That You’ll Have to Wait

When we first talk with clients, we often talk with them about how long family law matters may take to resolve and when they can expect to go to court. The truth is that the legal system can feel like it moves slowly, especially when you’re not involved with it on a day-to-day basis.

Know that you may have to wait for your court date. And, once you are outside the courtroom, you may have to wait to be called inside. This wait can feel anguishing. Your lawyers will do everything possible to resolve your case as quickly and effectively as possible, but it may be helpful to know that most non-emergency family law matters do not happen overnight. Knowing that can help you be prepared for the process.

2. Turn Your Phone Off

After waiting to get your time in court, you’ll want to make sure that the time is used as effectively as possible. That means removing any potential distractions. Make sure your phone is turned off and put away. Even a phone ringing on silent inside a purse can create a distracting humming noise.

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817-799-7125 – Here are some tips from our experienced Arlington family law attorneys to help you prepare yourself for your day in Texas family court.

3. Dress Accordingly

In Texas family court, like other places of business, impressions do matter. Make sure that you dress in a respectful manner that tells the judge just how seriously you are taking the family law issue you face. For men that usually means a shirt with a collar, pants with a crease and shoes with a shine. For women, a modest skirt or dress may also be acceptable.

4. Let Your Attorney Speak for You

If you have an attorney to represent you in family court, let them speak for you. Your attorney will know what information is most important to emphasize in court. Most people spend the majority of their family court hearings listening to the interactions between the judge and the attorneys for both parties.

If you are asked to speak, remember to treat the judge with the utmost respect. Address them as “your honor” and keep your emotions in check. Family court judges spend their days listening to family conflict, so they usually have a low tolerance for raw hostility.

5. Take Notes

It can be a good idea to bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Taking notes gives you something to do while you sit and listen to the proceeding. It can also help you channel your nervousness and focus so that you can concentrate. Most importantly, it will give you a record of exactly what was said. That way, you’ll be able to look back on notes instead of having to rely solely on your memory.

While you’re taking notes, be sure to write down any questions that come up. After the hearing, you can discuss them with your attorney. He or she can give you answers and help you understand your case and the next steps to be taken.

Get the Support You Need. Contact an Attorney.

Going to family court can be one of the most stressful things a person experiences. But having the right support can make it easier. If you need help, you can start by calling the Arlington office of the Schneider Law Firm, P.C., at 817-799-7125. We are here to support you.