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The Attorneys

Eric C. Eric Schmidt

Michelle L. Michelle Schmidt

Marilyn Marilyn Gale Vilyus - Retired Founding Attorney


Location:

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



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C. E. Schmidt & Associates, PLLC
Our attorneys have been assisting couples in divorce cases since 1980. Our office has over 100 years of combined Family Law experience.

FAMILY LAW

  • 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

SMALL ESTATE PLANNING

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

FAMILY LAW MEDIATIONS

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

Our attorneys handle all types of divorces -- from amicable, uncontested divorces, to contested divorces that require formal trial to reach a resolution.  Our firm’s proven record for working well with opposing counsel through negotiation or mediation leads to successful outcomes.  However, if negotiation attempts fail, you can rely upon us to provide strong trial advocacy.

Marilyn Gale Vilyus, retired founding attorney of the firm, previously conducted family law mediations and continues to be involved in the firm in an advisory capacity. Whatever type of family law issue you have, our EXPERTISE will provide timely and successful resolution to your family law matter.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

In order to reach settlement, our experienced attorneys approach family law cases by employing crucial conflict resolution skills.  While guiding our clients through the legal process so that "informed decisions" are made, we dedicate ourselves to keeping the cost of your case as low as possible. We explain the law and inform of your options while making recommendations to facilitate achievement of the best possible outcome. Together as a team, we help you decide which way to go during this difficult and painful time.

 

RESOLVING ISSUES BETWEEN THE PARTIES

This is "Family Law!" No insurance company waits in the wings to write a big check upon resolution. Understand and be aware that the attorney you hire can inflame passions or work to resolve issues.  Inflamed opposing parties and counsel typically equate to more money going to the lawyers.  Inexperienced attorneys are often the first to throw gasoline on an already explosive circumstance. Our experienced attorneys seek to mitigate aggressive hostilities unless it is necessary to achieve a just and right outcome.  


Whether or not your spouse has representation, our attorneys’ strong reputation for settling cases without the need for a formal trial means less legal fees.  Each attorney in our firm uses their knowledge and experience to protect rights, ensure ALL issues are resolved, and deliver a final Order, written in a legally enforceable manner, which accurately reflects the party’s agreement.  Ultimately, the Final Decree of Divorce must stand up in Court, and a judge must be willing to sign the document.  Our experienced attorneys know what Judges will and will not approve.  An unsigned order in need of revision means more money to the attorney rather than to you. 

 

UNDERSTANDING AND COMPASSION

We 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. We remain efficient, organized and considerate of your time. We regret this process will not be painless but we work hard to get you through it without adding to your stress.

 

WHILE THE DIVORCE IS PENDING....

If your divorce is "uncontested," you and your spouse will decide how to handle matters while your divorce is pending. Of course, we will help you as needed. We calculate your child support amount, for example. In most cases, Temporary Orders are unnecessary in uncontested cases; however, you may elect to have Temporary Orders drafted as they can provide structure in some instances. 

 

WHAT IF IT'S DOWNRIGHT UGLY?

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

Even in these cases, you can be confident our attorneys use negotiation and mediation skills to obtain excellent results. Our reputation for integrity and “shooting straight” yields positive results in that agreements are quickly negotiated.  The Court also knows that they can depend on the information our attorneys provide because our office and attorneys are known for being thorough, honest and accurate.

 

If a Court hearing and / or trial becomes necessary, be assured that we fight hard on your behalf. We diligently commit ourselves to be knowledgeable, organized, and prepared in order to achieve the best possible outcome.  In those cases in which no settlement is reached, the parties may go to Divorce Mediation prior to final trial. In this situation, we make sure to be "trial ready" when we attend the mediation.

 

CASES OTHER THAN DIVORCE

Of course, our office handles other types of Family Law Cases. We would be happy to meet with you for an attorney consultation on any family law matter. We ask that you bring with you any Court Orders or other documents which might be pertinent to your issues.

 

Due to the nature of these types of matters, we do require a consultation fee. Often however, you will receive all the legal advice needed during this single consultation. Please contact us for further fee information regarding consultations, hourly rates, and flat fee, uncontested divorces.

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

Contact us today for a FREE Houston Lawyer Divorce Consultation