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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.


Texas Supreme Court Accepts Lower Court LGBT 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 LGBT 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.


Mediation in Divorce Cases

Mediation is a process during which both parties undergoing the divorce and their attorneys meet with a mediator who is knowledgeable about law and the art of negotiation to see if they can draw an agreement out of the feuding parties. Everything that is said is confidential at mediation, and the mediator can never be forced to come to court to testify.

One of the roles of a mediator is to get the parties to look at the downsides of their cases and to consider the benefits of settling.  If the case is settled at mediation, the mediated settlement agreement cannot be changed after the fact. An Order will be prepared outlining the terms of the settlement and submitted to the Court, which usually takes about two weeks. Your case is officially over after the Final Order is signed by the Judge. If the case is not settled at mediation, the mediator can write the Court a letter saying “I mediated this case and it did not settle.”

The Houston divorce lawyers of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler are committed to helping couples reach a successful divorce agreement that is as fair to both sides as possible. If you or someone you know is considering mediated divorce, contact us at (713) 802-1777.

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