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FIRM OVERVIEW

Van Orman and Associates are Board Certified in Family Law by the State of Texas; are devoted exclusively to Family Law; are committed to providing you the skills and expertise necessary to resolve your case while providing the highest level of legal representation to our clients throughout Montgomery and Harris counties.

Van Orman and Associates routinely handle complex family law matters and continually achieve the best possible outcomes for the client.  Our reputation is based on our extensive litigation experience.

Persons involved in matters of Family Law experience an emotionally charged state and deserve personal attention alongside immediate, passionate and competent representation. Their Family Law attorney should be able to answer questions and provide the information needed to make an informed decision.  Van Orman and Associates will assess your situation and help you get a handle on the facts of your case. Clients initiating or responding to divorce litigation will find the attention they deserve and will be informed about Texas Family Law as it applies to your individual circumstance.

The attorneys at MVO are dedicated solely to the practice of family law. This focus allows the firm to provide top quality legal services in this complex area of the law. The firm’s areas of practice include:

  • Complex Divorce Litigation
  • Property Settlements
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Modifications
  • Parentage
  • Marital Agreements
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Appeals
  • Juvenile Law

The attorneys of MVO recognize the importance of a peaceful resolution to family law matters whenever possible. Many of the attorneys at MVO are trained in Collaborative Law and also serve as mediators and arbitrators.

While most cases resolve through settlement or mediation, the attorneys of MVO are prepared to try any family case should alternative resolutions prove impossible. The partners of MVO as well as a number of their associates are highly skilled trial attorneys with established track records of success in the courtroom.

Contact MVO to schedule a confidential meeting with an attorney at our firm who can help you determine the best course of action to take in resolving your case. Trust your family law matter to the team at MVO

Staff

The staff at MVO understands how important your case is to you and is committed to providing you with the best possible care during your case. We have the knowledge and experience to handle your case effectively and efficiently.

Divorce

Dissolving the family unit is arguably the most stressful decision a person can make. If you are contemplating divorce, or have been served with divorce papers by your spouse, you should seek the advice of an attorney immediately to protect your legal rights.

The lawyers and staff at Van Orman and Associates realize the physical, emotional and financial stress that you are facing. When divorce is the only option for a troubled relationship, we can advise you of your legal rights and represent you in the manner that will work best for you and your family situation. Our attorneys will fight for you in court to protect you, your children and your valuable assets, or, when appropriate, will work collaboratively with the other side to reach a cooperative resolution to your divorce.

Decisions regarding the custody of children can be the most important and contested issue in a divorce. When couples separate, the question of who will get custody of the child is often the most contentious and complicated. In the courts and at our firm, safeguarding the rights and well-being of children is a high priority.

Mary Van Orman has successfully represented clients in all aspects of divorce-related issues involving children—custody, support and visitation. Our experience has shown us the harmful effects a lengthy tug-of-war can have on a child, and we strive for a timely resolution to minimize the level of anxiety and discord.

With the best interest of the child as our focus, we also work to protect our client's parental rights. We help them understand how their decisions and treatment of their spouse will affect the child. Often we recommend working with a mediator to help facilitate compromise and encourage effective negotiation.

Of paramount importance are parents maintaining an accessible and healthy relationship with the child.

To avoid a dramatic and sometimes lengthy battle in divorce court, an alternative recommendation is to attempt alternative dispute resolution whenever appropriate.

Mediation

Most courts require mediation prior to trial, unless the case can be settled without mediation. Mediation is an alternate way to resolve and finalize contested issues in family law cases. In mediation, a third party, neutrally trained in the process of mediation and experienced in family law, facilitates communication between the parties, assisting them to focus on the real issues of their dispute and generate options for settlement. As an alternate dispute resolution, mediation can reduce the costs of litigation and allow the parties to take responsibility to resolve their disputes in a more creative way that suits their family situation.

Mediation is usually a half-day or full-day proceeding that takes place on a prearranged day at the office of either the mediator, or the attorney for one of the parties.

During mediation, the spouses are in two separate rooms, each with their own attorney. A neutral mediator presides, traveling back and forth between them, presenting offers and/or objections for deliberation. If the parties reach an agreement, a settlement agreement is drawn up by the mediator. The mediator cannot decide the case or force a settlement.

Child Support

Many custodial parents rely on the support from the other parent to provide for the necessities of life for their children and beyond.  Van Orman and Associates make it a priority to establish the correct and maximum child support in the original proceedings using the law in the State of Texas and considering the best interest of the child.

As children grow, so do their expenses. You may be entitled to an increase in the amount of child support you receive if there has been a material and substantial change in the obligor’s income. Alternatively, a decrease in the amount of support may be necessary due to changes in the obligor’s life such as job loss or sickness that has significantly reduced the income of the parent paying child support.

Sometimes it may be necessary to go back to court to enforce an order to pay child support if there are missed payments by the parent who is to pay child support. The law makes available tools to enforce orders including wage withholding, levy of bank accounts, suspension of driver’s license and many more remedies that our law firm can seek on our client’s behalf.

 The first step is to discuss and evaluate your personal situation and review your court order with our attorneys. Our law firm is committed to providing our clients with realistic advice and a strategy for resolution of the case as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Modification of Divorce Decrees and Child Custody and Child Support Orders

The circumstances of children and/or their parents may change after a divorce and orders relating to custody, visitation and child support may change as well. Changes such as a parent’s job relocation, a new marriage, a loss of employment or a promotion, changes in the child’s needs or a teen wanting to live with the non custodial parent are all common scenarios. 

Changes in orders relating to the children can be accomplished by reducing the agreement of the parents to a new order or changes can be made by the court after a hearing or trial. Mary Van Orman has guided her clients through the negotiation process of agreed modifications and in contested litigation before a judge or jury.

Van Orman and Associates has the experience required to handle additional areas of Family Law, including:

Divorce, including representation at temporary hearings to determine how bills get paid and who lives in the family home while the divorce is pending

Separation and divorce planning to ensure that decisions made in haste do not affect the outcome of your case if or when you file for divorce

Issues of high net worth divorce, specifically accurate valuation of all marital assets, property and business interests and addressing concerns over potentially unwanted publicity

Family violence and protective orders to address alleged domestic abuse, spousal assault and child abuse

Property settlements to establish a fair and equitable property division in divorce

Complex marital estates requiring significant experience and resources in order to perform a fair and accurate valuation and division of property and assets

Uncovering hidden assets that should rightfully be subject to property division

Asset protection strategies to identify and preserve separate property in a divorce

Investment and retirement accounts, specifically if and to what degree these assets are subject to division in divorce

Alimony and spousal maintenance both during the course of a divorce and continuing afterward

Child custody, child support and visitation agreements and complex issues requiring creative solutions

Relocation and move-away cases involving changes to visitation or custody when a parent moves out of state or out of the country

Grandparents' rights regarding visitation and custody

Paternity suits to establish parental rights or to defend against false allegations

Custody and support modification in cases where the basic fairness of the original court order is in question because circumstances have changed substantially

And all other matters in Matrimonial and Juvenile Law.