Attorneys from Holmes, Diggs & Sadler featureed in Houstonia Magazine

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We are proud to announce that Cindy Diggs, Judie Sadler, and Rachel Sedita (formerly Rachel Smith) were included in Houstonia Magazine’s Top Lawyers of 2017.

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez have finalized their divorced

After their break-up announcement last October, Oscar award winner Halle Berry and her third husband Olivier Martinez have officially completed their divorce.

Reports say that Berry rushed the divorce for financial reasons. According to the court documents, Berry doesn’t want Martinez to have access to her pending contracts in 2017. The former couple had a pre-nuptial agreement and will get a joint legal and physical custody of their three-year-old son, Maceo.

Berry and Martinez first met in 2010 on the set of Dark Tide. According to rumors, the couple’s break-up was partly because of Martinez’ violent temper following an incident with a LAX employee.

If you or someone you know is struggling through a divorce, our family lawyers can help you. We at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler are experienced in family and divorce law and can help you through the process. Get in touch with us at (713) 802-1777.

Billionaire Bill Ackman and his wife getting a divorce

Hedge fund boss and billionaire Bill Ackman and his wife Karen Ann Herskovitz are reportedly getting a divorce, according to an email allegedly sent by Herskovitz to her friends on Thursday, December 22.

The couple, who got married in 1994, have three daughters together and are planning on keeping the divorce amicable. Although the petition for the dissolution of their marriage is yet to be filed, it has been reported that the couple already hired lawyers to draft their settlement.

According to Page Six, the settlement for the divorce could reach up to hundreds of millions of dollars. Both Ackman and Herskovitz are negotiating for various million-dollar properties such as the $90 million trophy penthouse at the glittering new One57, the $35 million apartment at the Beresford off Central Park, the $22 million waterfront estate in Bridgehampton that was bought in 2011, and the $23.5 million mansion.

Going through a divorce can be really stressful, especially when there are large assets involved. If you or someone you know is considering filing for a divorce, our Monmouth county divorce attorneys at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can assist you throughout the whole process. Contact us at (713) 802-1777 to learn more about your options.

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom divorce

TV reality star Khloe Kardashian and former NBA player Lamar Odom’s divorce was officially finalized on December 12 by a Los Angeles judge and will be effective on December 17.

Kardashian first sought to end her marriage with Odom in December 2013. She later withdrew the divorce and reconciled with Odom because he reportedly suffered from a certain medical condition. Several months since their reconciliation, Kardashian refiled a divorce petition citing irreconcilable differences. The couple has no children despite being together for over four years. The court decision says neither Kardashian nor Odom will receive spousal support. The couple’s company, Khlomar, will also be dissolved once the judgment takes effect this week.

We at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler understand how much stress a person can endure while going through a divorce. If you are in the process of dissolving your marriage, we can help you. Our lawyers practice divorce law and can provide you with reliable representation. Get in touch with us at (713) 802-1777 to learn more about your legal options.

Financial Disclosures needed in Divorce Process

In the course of a divorce proceeding, almost every state requires the disclosure of financial statements that could help in the settlement process.

A uniform financial disclosure is generally required of both parties, including an income statement, a list of all expenses, and a list of all assets and liabilities.

Supporting documents are also required, including copies of mortgages titles, personal and business tax returns, copies of credit/debit cards, and bank statements.

After the initial financial disclosure, some states require a final divorce hearing before the divorce is granted. Parties may be asked to submit updated statements of assets and liabilities, updated tax returns, and recent income statements.

Filing for divorce can be a complicated process, but the attorneys at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can assist with the process. Contact us today and set up a consultation at (713) 802-1777.

Court order finally evicts man from his grand home

After being evicted from his lavish home in Texas, a Pakistani native man’s fight has been forced to end.

Sharafat Khan, 69, had resorted to staying on the lawn of his own house in Taylor Lake Shores since his wife expelled him from the house about five months ago. Lakeview Police had been called over a number of couple’s arguments inside the house. Khan’s wife, Shahnaz Khan, 61, even changed the locks and asked the police to evict him from the property, but as they both owned the home, the order could not be carried out.

The couple’s divorce papers, which were finally approved and gave Shahnaz full ownership of the home, gave authority to the police who quickly did order Khan to leave. Khan, who had made it clear that he could’ve, at any time, chosen to go somewhere else, willingly took a taxi to his new home.

According to Harris County Criminal Court records, however, Khan has a history of domestic violence and his wife actually had a civil court protection order as well as requested more than one restraining order.

The division of property, especially high-stakes, shared property like homes, can be a tricky ocean to try to navigate alone. You don’t have to sail the seas of divorce by yourself, however. Contact one of our attorneys with Holmes, Diggs & Sadler by calling (713) 802-1777 to speak with one of our sympathetic divorce attorneys.

Common Reasons for Divorce

Often, when asked, the adult population of the U.S. will answer the question “what is the leading cause of divorce” with something similar to infidelity. However, research has proven that communication issues are among the top reasons for marriage failure. The items in the following list are considered some of the other leading causes of divorce:

  • When a couple marries for the wrong reasons or because they feel pressured by their peers or the money they’ve invested in the ceremony or relationship.
  • When a couple either loses their individual identity, becoming one monolithic entity that feels uncomfortable in any situation without one another, or they are so different that they lose sight of why they were together at all.
  • When a couple marries and has different expectations of what roles they should fulfill or how to handle finances, there can be friction. Adding children to this mix means that they become very rooted in their carefully established roles, falling further and further apart as their children grow up.
  • Often a lack of intimacy, both in a sexual and non-sexual way, can lead to hurt feelings or worse, becoming nearly strangers.
  • A final nail in so many marriage’s coffins is the inability for the couple to communicate. If each person finds that their expectations for the marriage are not met, it can cause tense and difficult conversations. Without the ability to talk through these issues, a now-fragile marriage is more liable to fall apart.

Marriage ideally works out when the two partners love and care for one another very deeply, but in the unpredictability of marriage, those two qualities are often not enough. The willingness of the partners to continuously work out the marriage will make or break the relationship.

If you are in the process of dissolving your marriage, contact an attorney with Holmes, Diggs & Sadler. Whether contested or uncontested, marriages can be messy and difficult to navigate, making an attorney a valuable asset during this hard time. Call us at (713) 802-1777 today.

More space needed for domestic violence victims

A young mother fled from her abusive boyfriend after he attempted to kidnap their child, taking nothing with her but her daughter and heading to Houston. She feared her life but was defiant: “He beat me for the last time.”

She had been staying with the friend of a relative for nearly two weeks while trying to find a safer place. Unfortunately, every place she contacted responded with the same unfortunate message: they were full.

Fortunately, when Gail Hays, a former DA’s investigator, tried an out-of-Houston shelter on September 8, around noon, the worker had a room available for the mother and her child on the same day.

“I wish there was enough room for everyone who needs it,” the unidentified mother said, “I’d like to be a counselor so I could help women like me.”

We understand at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler that the emotional impact of domestic abuse can often be more traumatic than the physical impact and we believe you deserve peace of mind again. Call us at (713) 802-1777 where we are standing by to support you through this trying and often confusing time.

Texas Supreme Court Accepts Lower Court LGBTQ+ Benefits Decision

The Texas Supreme Court has decided not to review a lower court’s decision that prohibits denying married same-sex couples city employment benefits that heterosexual couples receive.

The case was initiated before the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges decision and tried to stop cities such as Houston from being required to recognize same-sex marriages issued in other states. This would mean that the spouses and children of gay city employees could be denied benefits that heterosexual employees spouses and children are entitled to.

The lower court decided that since Obergefell v. Hodges allows same sex couples to marry, it also extends to same-sex couples receiving the same marriage benefits that heterosexual couples receive. Texas Supreme Court Justice John Devine issued a dissenting opinion in which he claims that the court should have heard the case and that this is an issue that should be left to voters. He argues that this is a separate issue from the right to marry and views the decision as an overreach by the courts.

In his dissent, Devine says that “Texas, as it allocates benefits to employees’ spouses, may recognize the differences between same- and opposite-sex spouses. To withhold this decision from the people is to undermine precedent, democracy, and the limited role of courts in our nation.”

None of the state’s other eight justices signed on to Devine’s dissent.

Even though same-sex marriage has been legalized nationwide, it still faces a great deal of opposition. The Houston family law attorneys of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler have worked with LGBTQ+ marriage equality issues for years and will continue to explore the impact of legal same-sex marriage.

If you are facing marriage discrimination due to your sexual orientation, we may be able to help. Call our knowledgeable and experienced family law attorneys today at (713) 802-1777.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Settle Divorce

On August 16, celebrity couple Amber Heard and Johnny Depp confirmed that they have settled their divorce.

They got married in a luxurious island ceremony in February 2015. On May 25 of the next year, Amber Heard filed for the divorce from Johnny Depp, three days after Johnny’s mother passed away. On May 27, Amber filed a domestic violence restraining order from Depp after releasing photos of her bruised face. On same day, Vanessa Paradis, Depp’s ex-partner of over a decade, wrote “In all the years I have known Johnny, he has never been physically abusive with me and this looks nothing like the man I lived with for 14 wonderful years.”

Despite the roller coaster ride of events, the couple finally settled their divorce privately. On August  18, the actress revealed that the $7 million divorce settlement would be distributed to her chosen charities with a focus on groups helping to stop violence against women.

At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, we know how difficult going through a divorce can become. That is why our Houston divorce lawyers want to help you through every step of the process. Contact us at (713) 802-1777 to learn more about your legal options.

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