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Eric C. Eric Schmidt - Attorney at Law

Marilyn Marilyn Gale Vilyus - Retired Founding Attorney


Energy Corridor:
14780 Memorial Dr, Ste 103
Houston, Texas 77079

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C. E. SCHMIDT Attorney at Law
Texas Family Law Attorney with over 36 years of experience in the following matters:


  • Divorce
  • Common Law Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Adoptions/ Terminations of Parental Rights
  • Child Custody
  • Name Changes
  • Unmarried Parents Issues
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Domestic Violence
  • Enforcement of Court Orders
  • Child Emancipation Suits
  • Default Divorces


  • Last Will and Testament
  • Statutory Durable Power of Attorney
  • Medical Power of Attorney
  • Directive to Physicians ( Living Will )
  • Probate of Wills


  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Suits Affecting Parent/Child Relationship
  • Paternity Suits

Houston Divorce Lawyer

C. Eric Schmidt is a Houston Divorce Lawyer who handles ALL kinds of divorces -- from amicable, uncontested divorces, to contested divorces which go to trial. He has a proven record for working well with opposing counsel to resolve cases through settlement and/or mediation. However, if conflict resolution attempts should fail, you can rely on me to be strong trial advocates at Court!

Marilyn Gale Vilyus, retired founding attorney of the firm, in the past conducted family law mediations and continues to be involved in the firm in an advisory capacity. Whatever type of family law issue you have, I have the EXPERTISE to provide the needed legal service!


C. Eric Schmidt is a Houston family law attorney who defines the phrase "CONFLICT RESOLUTION," and is dedicated to helping you keep the cost of your case as low as possible.

I guide our clients through the legal process so that you can make "informed decisions" about your case. After all, it is YOUR life being affected here, and you should be involved in the decision making process. I will explain the law, and inform you as to your options, along with our recommendations to achieve the best possible result. I will explain the different ways to get divorced -- for example -- and help you decide "which way to go!"


This is "Family Law!" There is NO insurance company to write you a big check at the end! If you are getting divorced, the less money you spend on attorney's fees, the more money you have to divide between yourself and your spouse!

Whether or not your spouse has an attorney, I have a strong reputation for settling cases without the need for trial. Less time in Court means less money spent in attorney's fees and a higher rate of satisfaction with the outcome of the case, because you know better than anyone (including the Judge) what is most important to you.

I use my knowledge and experience as a Houston Divorce Lawyer to protect your rights; to make certain ALL issues are resolved; and to make sure that the final Orders accurately reflect the parties' agreements, and that they are written in a way which is legally enforceable and in a manner which will be approved by the Court.


I understand how difficult it is to go through a divorce -- even if you were the one who made the decision to end the marriage. Our entire staff is here to support you. I do my best to be efficient and organized -- to be as considerate as I can of your time -- to give you as much notice as possible regarding Court, mediation or other deadlines -- and to be clear about "what information I need from you" and the date by which I need it.

I regret that I cannot make this process painless -- but I will do my best to get you through it without our adding to your stress.


If your divorce is "uncontested," you and your spouse will decide between you how to handle matters while your divorce is pending. Of course, I will help you as needed. I will calculate your child support amount, for example. But, you will not need to go to a Court Hearing for Temporary Orders.


Unfortunately, sometimes your divorce will require a tough, aggressive legal approach.

Even in these cases, you can be confident that I will use my negotiating and mediation skills to obtain the best result. I have a reputation with the Court for representing our clients with integrity. I have a reputation with our opposing counsel for being "strait shooters!" Because they can rely on me to "say what I mean" and "do what I say," it makes it easier for me to come to agreements with other attorneys. The Court also knows that they can depend on the information I provide because I am known for being thorough, honest and accurate.

If a Court hearing and / or trial becomes necessary, be assured that I wll fight hard on your behalf. I am committed to be knowledgeable, organized and prepared, and to work diligently to get the best possible outcome. I know what I want BEFORE I get to Court, and my "advance preparation" makes the Judge's decisions easier to make and, more likely, favorable to my client.

In those cases in which no settlement was reached, the parties may go to Divorce Mediation prior to final trial. In this situation, I make sure to be "trial ready" when I attend the mediation. (Formal mediations only occur in "contested cases," ie. those in which each party is represented by his and her own individual attorney.)

I always make certain my client understands the process, and I will meet in advance to answer any questions, update needed information and to outline our position and to formulate specific goals and strategies.

This should be differentiated from those situations in which Mr. Schmidt of this firm is hired NOT to represent our client as his or her attorney, but instead to act as the Houston Divorce Mediator himself in order to facilitate an agreement between two spouses and their respective Houston divorce lawyer.

Contact me for a free divorce consultation. Your consultation will not be conducted only by a paralegal. At our firm -- even though I are very busy -- I still believe that you are important and should meet with an attorney.

Further, I am still willing to provide this divorce consultation at no cost. I am well able to handle all of my client and case responsibilities -- while still finding the time to meet with you directly.


Of course, my office also deals with other types of Family Law Cases. I would be happy to meet with you for an attorney consultation on any family law matter. I ask that you bring with you any Court Orders, if any, or other documents which might be pertinent to your issues (ex. I.R.S. returns and paystubs -- if your issue is "child support).

Due to the nature of these types of matters, I do require a consultation fee in these cases. Often, you will receive all the legal advice you will need during this single consultation. Please contact me for further fee information regarding consultations, hourly rates, and flat fee divorces -- for those cases in which that is appropriate.

I am located in West Houston in the Energy Corridor and handle cases in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Waller, Liberty, Travis, Austin, Galveston and Brazoria counties.

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