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  • Kimberly D. Creel Attorney at Law P.O. Box 8200 Pasadena, Tx 77508 Telephone: (281) 770-7700 Email: creellaw@easydivorcehouston.co m

    Re: Your Uncontested Divorce

    Thank you for contacting me to assist you with your divorce. This letter is meant to review the divorce process, the materials contained in this packet and the terms of my employment.

    THE DIVORCE PROCESS

    As long as your case is uncontested, I expect to do the following for you:

    1. Prepare and file the divorce lawsuit, called an Original Petition for Divorce. This is filed with the District Clerk, who assigns your case a cause number and court.

    2. Once filed, I will draft the Waiver of Citation, Final Decree of Divorce and any other documents you require to complete your divorce.

    3. The divorce may be proven up after the 60th day from the date your divorce was filed. However, in order to finalize your divorce the Waiver of Citation must be signed by your spouse in the presence of a notary and the Final Decree of Divorce must be signed by both you and your spouse. You will need to appear, with me in court, for the prove up of your divorce. It is not necessary for your spouse to appear in court.

    4. At the conclusion of your case, I will tell you how to obtain a certified copy of your divorce decree and how to file the real estate deeds. I will keep all documents submitted to me for a period of 15 days from the date the Judge signs your divorce decree. After the 15 days, all forms submitted to this office, with the exception of the employment contract, will be shredded and my employment terminated. If you wish the documents to be returned, you must make arrangements to pick them up.

    DIVORCE PACKET

    This packet contains the following:

    1. “Uncontested Divorce Packet Instructions” – brief instruction sheet on how to proceed and in what order. Please read this page carefully.

    2. “Divorce Question & Answers” – common questions and answers regarding Texas Divorce

    Servicing families in Harris & Galveston County Kimberly D. Creel not board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • 3. “Contract of Employment” – I am not your attorney until I have received this signed form.

    4. “Uncontested Divorce Information Form” – you will return this completed form to me. In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse must agree on all of the terms of the divorce and sign the same divorce decree that the Judge will eventually sign to grant your divorce. You and your spouse will need to consider these questions carefully and completely fill out the enclosed questionnaire. Your answers to the questions on this form will be used to draft a divorce decree that may be very difficult and/or costly to change in the future after it has been signed by the court. You must provide complete answers including account numbers, loan numbers, credit card numbers, VINs for vehicles and legal descriptions for each property.

    5. “Required Seminars for Divorces Involving Children” – Many courts require both parents to attend an approved parenting class. Once your case is filed, I will email you as to whether your court requires attendance or not. Both you and your spouse will need to make arrangements for enrollment and attendance of a seminar, if required, before your divorce can be finalized. (Please share this information with your spouse if attendance is required).

    EMPLOYMENT TERMS

    If you hire me to handle your uncontested divorce, I may represent you only. I cannot represent you and your spouse. Your spouse will usually not hire a lawyer, so you might correctly say there was only one attorney involved in the case, but I am only your lawyer.

    All fees as set forth in the “Uncontested Contract for Employment” are due in full prior to work being performed. All fees are nonrefundable.

    You will be charged an initial consultation fee of $75.00, if you feel you need to meet with me in person to discuss your case before filling out your forms.

    A “Contract for Employment” is enclosed which outlines the fee details and scope of my representation in your case. Please read it very carefully and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. My representation in your case does not begin and you are not my client until my office receives the signed contract and the payment for my fee.

    The following forms a payment are accepted: cash, credit cards, cashier’s check or money order. If paying via credit card, I can invoice you through paypal or you may complete the enclosed credit card authorization.

    I look forward to working with you on your divorce matter.

    Servicing families in Harris & Galveston County Kimberly D. Creel not board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • UNCONTESTED DIVORCE INFORMATION FORM

    These questions need to be answered to determine how your divorce petition and decree will be written. The form must be filled out completely and you and your spouse must reach an agreement on property and all issues regarding your child.

    If you do not have minor children, please ignore questions inside boxes because they relate only to divorces involving children.

    If you do not have minor children, please ignore questions inside boxes because they relate only to divorces involving children.

    Check box to indicate who is client: □Husband □Wife Note: The email address provided below will be the primary method of communication between client and Attorney.

    HUSBAND WIFE

    Full Name: Full Name:

    Maiden name:

    Name change requested to:

    Race: Race:

    (Government form asks)

    Home address: Home address: County: County: Check if Resided in Check if Resided in County at least 90 days: County at least 90 days:

    (Divorce must be filed in a county where at least one of the parties has lived for a minimum of 90 days prior to the filing of the divorce petition).

    Home Phone: Home Phone: Cell Phone: Cell Phone: Email: Email:

    Employer: Employer:

    Work Address: Work Address:

    Servicing families in Harris & Galveston County Kimberly D. Creel not board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Work Phone: Work Phone:

    Date of Birth: Date of Birth: ______

    Place of Birth: Place of Birth:

    Driver’s license no.: Driver’s license no.: State: State: Soc. Sec. No.: - - Soc. Sec. No.: - -

    Date of Marriage: Date of Separation: Place of Marriage:

    Servicing families in Harris & Galveston County Kimberly D. Creel not board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Number of Child (under 18 or those 18 but still in high school): ________ (Include child born to or adopted by you and your spouse during the marriage)

    Child No. 1: Name First: Middle: Last: Suffix: Date of Birth: / /

    Child No. 2: Name First: Middle: Last: Suffix: Date of Birth: / /

    Child No. 3: Name First: Middle: Last: Suffix: Date of Birth: / /

    Child No. 4: Name First: Middle: Last: Suffix: Date of Birth: / /

    Child No. 5: Name First: Middle: Last: Suffix: Date of Birth: / /

    Servicing families in Harris & Galveston County Kimberly D. Creel not board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Conservatorship (Child Custody)

    Choose either:

    Joint Managing Conservators (Does not mean parents get equal time with child.) • Presumed in Texas, unless strong reason why the parents should not share parent

    rights. • One parent has right to determine residence of child. • Other parent gets visitation.

    Parent with which the child will live most of the time: □Father □Mother Is right to determine the residence of the child subject to a geographic restriction? Harris County and surrounding counties

    Galveston County and surrounding counties School District: Other: No geographic restriction -OR- Sole Managing Conservator (child lives with): □Father □Mother Possessory Conservator (child visits): □Father □Mother

    Servicing families in Harris & Galveston County Kimberly D. Creel not board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

  • Parental Rights

    Both parents have the following rights at all times, regardless of who has possession –

    • the right to receive information from any other conservator of the child concerning the health, education, and welfare of the child;

    • the right to confer with the other parent to the extent possible before making a decision concerning the health, education, and welfare of the child;

    • the right of access to medical, dental, psychological, and educational records of the child; • the right to consult with a physician, dentist, or psychologist of the child; • the right to consult with school officials concerning the child's welfare and educational status,

    including school activities; • the right to attend school activities; • the right to be designated on the child's records as a person to

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