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- Court During COVID-19: 5 Tips for Testifying Virtually
Navigating a divorce is hard enough without the added stress of a global pandemic. If your divorce goes to trial, navigating a virtual proceeding can be an entirely new emotional and physical hardship to overcome. Here you’ll find five useful tips to feel confident during your virtual testimony process. 1. You may be at home, but you're still in court- be dressed for the occasion. Although you may be attending court from the comfort of your home, that doesn’t mean you should look like it. Having a neat appearance and being properly dressed is just as important as your testimony. Make sure you are wearing professional clothing, both tops and bottoms- you don’t want to be caught off guard in pajama pants if the judge asks you to rise! 2. Be prepared- virtually and physically. Make sure to test all virtual equipment- such as microphones and cameras- the day before you court date and again at least 30 minutes before your proceeding start time. Also, make sure to have any physical documents your judge or lawyer may need ready and nearby to avoid getting up from your trial or testimony. 3. Don't let your surroundings distract you from your testimony. Before you begin you virtual proceeding, make sure the room is cleared of all distractions. Children, pets and any other possible distractions should not be in the room while you are giving your testimony. If you’re able, arrange your testimony during a time that is free of these outside distractions. If you’re unable to schedule your testimony time and/or date, consider putting a Do Not Disturb sign on the door to warn children or other family members not to knock or enter the room. 4. Don’t let yourself become a distraction. Treat your virtual court appearance with the same respect as you would in person. During your testimony, refrain from chewing gum or taking a break to eat or drink unless given permission. During your proceeding make sure to keep your attention focused on the trial, do not let your phone or any other devices distract you even when the judge is not speaking with you directly. 5. Relax. It’s okay to be nervous, testifying can be a big deal in a divorce trial. It’s typical to get tongue tied and start to slur our words when we're nervous, however you must take a breath and remember to relax. Your testimony is important, not only to you but to the judge (and possible jury) as well. Make sure to speak clearly, slowly and in your own words. Need additional help when it comes to divorce during a pandemic or virtual court proceedings? Contact our attorneys at C.Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you. For more divorce tips, visit our blog.
- Your First Consultation: What do I bring?
After booking your first consultation at C.Y. Lee Legal Group, you may be asking yourself, what’s next? What do I bring? How do I use my time wisely at my first consultation? As a new potential client, these questions are all understandable, and we at C.Y. Lee Legal Group want to make sure you feel comfortable and prepared. We pride ourselves on always putting you first and making this stressful process as easy as possible for you. Today we will discuss what to bring and how to get the most out of your first consultation. Booking First off, before booking your consultation, online on our website or by phone. It’s a good idea to get to know our firm. We are made up of an entire team of attorneys, paralegals, associates, and legal clerks. Our website provides you with a summary of our background and short bios of our team. It’s important to make sure we are a good fit for your needs. Remember, although we’d love to assist you with your case, we understand that first consultations do not mean you’ve chosen us as your team. Our mission at your first consultation is to help answer as many questions as possible and provide you with a plan of action. What to bring Now that you’ve gotten to know us online, we must get to know you at your first consultation. Here is a preliminary list of documents we will need. Your Case Number (if available) Your Hearings Schedule (if available) A copy of any orders in place Information about opposing party representation Any other document you may have that may be relevant to the case Your questions What we need to know about your case? We must know the exact details of your case. We want to make sure we know who is involved and any children involved. We also need to know any specific information about your family. Where you work? Where you live? Any background you can provide us will help us understand exactly what’s happening. It’s also pivotal to tell us if you are in danger. We want to help keep you and your family safe and provide you with your best options as we advance. Lastly, we want to know what you hope is your outcome of this case. After each case, we understand that it’s like starting a new life, and we want to help get you to where you want to be. Payments We understand that money may be tight going into a case. It’s important you let us know if there are any special payment terms or parameters or an already scheduled budget in place. We can try to design the most effective solution to your case based on your budget. The question breakdown Below you will find our list of relevant questions that could help us further understand your case. Is there a history of addiction between you or the other party? Is there a history of abuse between you and the other party? Are there essential assets (inheritance, homes, property, businesses...etc.) we need to be aware of? Has either party been involved with any illegal affairs? Do you qualify for an annulment? Are you in a toxic environment at home? Is there a history of mental illness in either party? Will religion affect this case in any way? Is there an already established prenup or postnup? Is either party dependent on the other financially? Are you separated? How long? Is either party looking to move? Are there any other lawsuits involved? Use this list and other questions you may have as a guide through your consultation to ensure you are getting and providing all the information relevant to the case. Please note that first consultations are meant to introduce the case to the attorneys and provide you with a preliminary plan. For us to better understand the case, a follow-up may be required. We hope this information has been helpful and that you have chosen us as your firm. We at C.Y. Lee Legal Group, PLLC are committed to finding the best solution for your case while keeping your best interests in mind throughout this process. For more helpful tips, check out our other blogs.
- The Standard Child Possession Order – Texas Family Code
When parents are battling over divorce issues and child custody, they often times do not understand that the Texas Family Code has expanded the standard child possession order to make joint managing conservators with more equal rights and duties and possession of the child. It is important to keep in mind that, under certain circumstances, and depending on the age of a child, a judge may alter the standard possession order in any way that serves the best interest of the child. The following is an example of a standard possession order for a parent who lives within 100 miles of their child under the Texas Family Code. IT IS ORDERED that the conservators shall have possession of the child at times mutually agreed to in advance by the parties, and, in the absence of mutual agreement, it is ORDERED that the conservators shall have possession of the child under the specified terms set out in this Standard Possession Order. PARENTS WHO RESIDE UNDER 100 MILES APART: Except as otherwise explicitly provided in this Standard Possession Order, when Possessory Conservator resides 100 miles or less from the primary residence of the child, Possessory Conservator shall have the right to possession of the child as follows: 3. Weekends— Weekends that do not occur during the regular school term, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the first, third, and fifth Friday of each month and ending at 6:00 p.m. on the following Sunday. 2. Extended Summer Possession by Possessory Conservator— With Written Notice by April 1— If Possessory Conservator gives Managing Conservator written notice by April 1 of a year specifying an extended period or periods of summer possession for that year, Possessory Conservator shall have possession of the child for thirty days beginning no earlier than the day after the child’s school is dismissed for the summer vacation and ending no later than seven days before school resumes at the end of the summer vacation in that year, to be exercised in no more than two separate periods of at least seven consecutive days each, as specified in the written notice, provided that the period or periods of extended summer possession do not interfere with Father’s Day Weekend. These periods of possession shall begin and end at 6:00 p.m. Without Written Notice by April 1—If Possessory Conservator does not give Managing Conservator written notice by April 1 of a year specifying an extended period or periods of summer possession for that year, Possessory Conservator shall have possession of the child for thirty consecutive days in that year beginning at 6:00 p.m. on July 1 and ending at 6:00 p.m. on July 31. Notwithstanding the Thursday periods of possession during the regular school term and the weekend periods of possession ORDERED for Possessory Conservator, it is explicitly ORDERED that Managing Conservator shall have a superior right of possession of the child as follows: 2. Summer Weekend Possession by Managing Conservator—If Managing Conservator gives Possessory Conservator written notice by April 15 of a year, Managing Conservator shall have possession of the child on any one weekend beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and ending at 6:00 p.m. on the following Sunday during any one period of the extended summer possession by Possessory Conservator in that year, provided that Managing Conservator picks up the child from Possessory Conservator and returns the child to that same place and that the weekend so designated does not interfere with Father’s Day Weekend. 3. Extended Summer Possession by Managing Conservator—If Managing Conservator gives Possessory Conservator written notice by April 15 of a year or gives Possessory Conservator fourteen days’ written notice on or after April 16 of a year, Managing Conservator may designate one weekend beginning no earlier than the day after the child’s school is dismissed for the summer vacation and ending no later than seven days before school resumes at the end of the summer vacation, during which an otherwise scheduled weekend period of possession by Possessory Conservator shall not take place in that year, provided that the weekend so designated does not interfere with Possessory Conservator’s period or periods of extended summer possession or with Father’s Day Weekend. PARENTS WHO RESIDE OVER 100 MILES APART: If the possessory conservator resides more than 100 miles from the residence of the child, the possessory conservator shall have the right to possession of the child as follows: 1. Summer Possession: (A) Gives the managing conservator written notice by April 1 of each year specifying an extended period or periods of summer possession, the possessory conservator shall have possession of the child for 42 days beginning not earlier than the day after the child’s school is dismissed for the summer vacation and ending not later than seven days before school resumes at the end of the summer vacation, to be exercised in not more than two separate periods of at least seven consecutive days each with each period of possession beginning and ending at 6 p.m. on each applicable day; or (B) Does not give the managing conservator written notice by April 1 of each year specifying an extended period or periods of summer possession, the possessory conservator shall have possession of the child for 42 consecutive days beginning at 6 p.m. on June 15 and ending at 6 p.m. on July 27; 2. If the managing conservator gives the possessory conservator written notice by April 15 of each year the managing conservator shall have possession of the child on one weekend beginning Friday at 6 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. on the following Sunday during one period of possession by the possessory conservator under Subdivision (3), provided that if a period of possession by the possessory conservator exceeds 30 days, the managing conservatory may have possession of the child under the terms of this subdivision on two nonconsecutive weekends during that time period, and further provided that the managing conservator picks up the child from the possessory conservator and returns the child to that same place; and 3. If the managing conservatory give the possessory conservator written notice by April 15 of each year, the managing conservator may designate 21 days beginning not earlier than the day after the child’s school is dismissed for the summer vacation and ending not later than seven days before school resumes at the end of the summer vacation, to be exercised in not more than two separate periods of at least seven consecutive days each with each period of possession beginning and ending at 6 p.m. on each applicable day, during which the possessory conservator may not have possession of the child, provided that the period or periods so designated do not interfere with the possessory conservator’s period or periods of extended summer possession or with Father’s Day if the possessory conservator is the father of the child. Holidays Unaffected by Distance Notwithstanding the weekend and Thursday periods of possession of Possessory Conservator, Managing Conservator and Possessory Conservator shall have the right to possession of the child as follows: Father’s Day Weekend—Father shall have the right to possession of the child each year, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding Father’s Day and ending at 6:00 p.m. on Father’s Day, provided that if Father is not otherwise entitled under this Standard Possession Order to present possession of the child, he shall pick up the child from the other conservator’s residence and return the child to that same place. General Terms and Conditions Except as otherwise explicitly provided in this Standard Possession Order, the terms and conditions of possession of the child that apply regardless of the distance between the residence of a parent and the child are as follows: 1. Surrender of Child by Managing Conservator—Managing Conservator is ORDERED to surrender the child to Possessory Conservator at the beginning of each period of Possessory Conservator’s possession at the residence of Managing Conservator. If a period of possession by Possessory Conservator begins at the time the child’s school is regularly dismissed, Managing Conservator is ORDERED to surrender the child to Possessory Conservator at the beginning of each such period of possession at the school in which the child is enrolled. If the child is not in school, Possessory Conservator shall pick up the child at the residence of Managing Conservator at 6:00 p.m., and Managing Conservator is ORDERED to surrender the child to Possessory Conservator at the residence of Managing Conservator at 6:00 p.m. under these circumstances. 2. Surrender of Child by Possessory Conservator—Possessory Conservator is ORDERED to surrender the child to Managing Conservator at the residence of Managing Conservator at the end of each period of possession. 3. Return of Child by Possessory Conservator—Possessory Conservator is ORDERED to return the child to the residence of Managing Conservator at the end of each period of possession. However, it is ORDERED that, if Managing Conservator and Possessory Conservator live in the same county at the time of rendition of this order, Possessory Conservator’s county of residence remains the same after rendition of this order, and Managing Conservator’s county of residence changes, effective on the date of the change of residence by Managing Conservator, Possessory Conservator shall surrender the child to Managing Conservator at the residence of Possessory Conservator at the end of each period of possession. If a period of possession by Possessory Conservator ends at the time the child’s school resumes, Possessory Conservator is ORDERED to surrender the child to Managing Conservator at the end of each such period of possession at the school in which the child is enrolled or, if the child is not in school, at the residence of Managing Conservator at [address]. 4. Surrender of Child by Possessory Conservator—Possessory Conservator is ORDERED to surrender the child to Managing Conservator, if the child is in Possessory Conservator’s possession or subject to Possessory Conservator’s control, at the beginning of each period of Managing Conservator’s exclusive periods of possession, at the place designated in this Standard Possession Order. 5. Return of Child by Managing Conservator—Managing Conservator is ORDERED to return the child to Possessory Conservator, if Possessory Conservator is entitled to possession of the child, at the end of each of Managing Conservator’s exclusive periods of possession, at the place designated in this Standard Possession Order. 6. Personal Effects—each conservator is ORDERED to return with the child the personal effects that the child brought at the beginning of the period of possession. 7. Designation of Competent Adult—each conservator may designate any competent adult to pick up and return the child, as applicable. IT IS ORDERED that a conservator or a designated competent adult be present when the child is picked up or returned. 8. Inability to Exercise Possession—each conservator is ORDERED to give notice to the person in possession of the child on each occasion that the conservator will be unable to exercise that conservator’s right of possession for any specified period. 9. Written Notice—written notice shall be deemed to have been timely made if received or postmarked before or at the time that notice is due. 10. Notice to School and Managing Conservator—If Possessory Conservator’s time of possession of the child ends at the time school resumes and for any reason the child is not or will not be returned to school, Possessory Conservator shall immediately notify the school and Managing Conservator that the child will not be or has not been returned to school. Again, a Judge may under varied circumstances change any provision of a Standard Possession Order.
- Academic Scholarship | Houston Divorce Now
ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP DEDICATED TO HELPING STUDENTS C.Y. Lee Legal Group, located in Houston, Texas, is devoted to helping students during their academic career. Medical, social or financial obstacles can make higher education a mere dream to some students. Therefore, every year we offer a $1,000 scholarship to the law student who submits the strongest essay focusing on family law. 2021 Essay Subject Write an essay on the following Family Law topics: Alimony, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce, or post-separation support. Essay Format Requirements: 1. The essay must be 1,500 words or less. 2. Post the essay to your blog. This can be a student blog on your university website or your own personal blog. If you do not have a blog, you can create one here for free: . https://www.wordpress.com/ 3. Include at least three “clickable” links to authoritative sources. At least one of these links have to go to an article on houstondivorcenow.com and another from leelegalgroup.com. Please note that link to houstondivorcenow.com and must be “clickable,” meaning that it is not enough to simply cite to the post. (Quick tip: In order to make a link clickable, highlight the entire link, click “Command + K” on your keyboard). leelegalgroup.com 4. You must be listed as the author of the essay on the website and the blog post must be set to “public”. 5. The work must be your own. Application Requirements: The applicant must complete the online form which appears below by July 15th, 2021. Applications submitted via any other channel will not be considered. The applicant must give full rights for the use of the essay to Houston Divorce Now and for any advertising or promotional purposes. C.Y. Lee Legal Group The winner must provide proof of full-time enrollment. The winner consents to the use of his/her picture and other basic information on the winner page of the Houston Divorce Now and website. C.Y. Lee Legal Group Eligibility Criteria This scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident who will be enrolled full-time in Fall 2021 at an ABA accredited law school, earning credits toward a Juris Doctor degree. Bonus Points Students who give us a social-media shoutout will be credited with one bonus point per social-media channel. The shoutout should include a link to the leelegalgroup.com website and a tag (link) to our respective Social Media Account. Please use the hashtag #cyleelegalscholarship and #cyleelegal so we can find your account easier. This is not a requirement and students without social media access will still be considered. Multiple shoutouts within the same social media channel are appreciated but will not result in additional points. We will not credit points for channels on which we are not active. Please find a list of our Social Media accounts below. Facebook LinkedIn Announcement of the Winner The decision of the committee is final. The winner will be notified via email or phone by August 1st, 2021. The funds will be disbursed directly to the college or university to be used for tuition only. The winning essay may be published at and also be published among other applicants on houstondivorcenow.com. leelegalgroup.com Our scholarship recipient will also be asked to submit a current photo to be published in an announcement to recognize this year’s winner on our website. Please complete the form below to submit your application. By submitting your application, you consent to Lee Legal Group publishing your essay and picture on leelegalgroup.com and houstondivorcenow.com. C.Y. Lee Legal Group has the sole right to resolve any disputes which may arise in the selection of the award winner. There will only be one award allotted. SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION By checking this box you give full rights for the use of the essay to C.Y. Lee Legal Group and Houston Divorce Now, for any advertising or promotional purposes. Apply Now Thanks for submitting! Recent Awards National Advocates Avvo Rating (2) customer-badge_edited VABA-Seal PBTX_badge_fullres Top Family Lawyers 2018-01 Top Lawyers 2017 National Advocates Avvo Rating (2) customer-badge_edited VABA-Seal PBTX_badge_fullres Top Family Lawyers 2018-01 Top Lawyers 2017 BACK TO TOP
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