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The Attorneys

Eric C. Eric Schmidt

Michelle L. Michelle Schmidt

Marilyn Marilyn Gale Vilyus - Retired Founding Attorney


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.


  • 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

Our attorneys handle all types of divorces -- from amicable, uncontested divorces, to contested divorces which go to trial. They have a proven record for working well with opposing counsel to resolve cases through settlement and/or mediation. However, if negotiation attempts should fail, you can rely on us to be strong trial advocates in the Courtroom!

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!


Our attorneys approach family law cases using conflict resolution to reach a settlement. We dedicate ourselves to keeping the cost of your case as low as possible. We 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. We will explain the law, and inform you as to your options, along with our recommendations to achieve the best possible result. Together as a team we will 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.

We use our 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.


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 process will not be painless but we work hard to get you through it without 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.)

We 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.

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.

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