Family Law

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    I Want My Man to Prove He's Divorced. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! DID I TAKE IT TOO FAR? Dear Willie D: In December of 2016, my boyfriend and I plan to get ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    America Family Law Center's "Legal Aid" for Low-Income Folks Is Sorta Expensive

    We've been at it for a little while, and we still can't figure out what kind of business is being run out of suite 609 at 1314 Texas Street and what services their low-income clientele are getting for the hundreds they fork over. And we think that's the idea. The office contains multitudes: Organiz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Houston Oilman Hal Kuntz Commits Suicide in Penthouse

    A prominent Houston oilman committed suicide in his River Oaks penthouse last month, officials confirmed this week. The Harris County Medical Examiner's Office confirms that Hal G. Kuntz died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on August 18. Houston police officers who responded to a c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Grand Jury No-Bills Judge Denise Pratt

    A Harris County grand jury has declined to indict Family Court Judge Denise Pratt, the subject of a records-tampering probe, according to her attorney. Lawyer Terry W. Yates stated in a press release that "We are pleased that the grand jury agrees with us that there's absolutely no evidence that J ... More >>

  • News

    November 14, 2013

    The Doomed Dome

    Tearing Down Our Colosseum?

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Sources: Michael Brown Is Dead

    Multiple sources close to the case, including Rachel Brown's divorce lawyer David Brown, are telling us that Michael Brown died after he was taken off life support Thursday. Will have more soon.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Houston Lawyers Call for Judge Denise Pratt to Step Down

    Thirty-two family law attorneys have signed a letter calling for the resignation of Harris County Family Court Judge Denise Pratt, who is accused of backdating records. Lawyer Greg Enos of Webster last month filed a complaint against Pratt with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, likening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Texas Foster Care System Class Action Lawsuit Greenlit by Judge

    A children's advocacy group can proceed with a class action lawsuit accusing the Texas Department of Family Services of depriving foster children of their Constitutional rights, a federal judge in Corpus Christi has ruled. The group, Children's Rights, sued DFPS in 2011, claiming that the more than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Ask Willie D: Trying to Be a Good Stepmother; Undercover Freak

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! TRYING TO BE A GOOD STEPMOTHER Willie D, I wanted to know your thoughts on how I should deal ... More >>

  • News

    March 7, 2013

    Dear Houston: You're Idiotic

    Parking rules are inane.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Michael Brown: Whoops -- I Didn't Really Mean to File for Bankruptcy After Buying That $8 Million Mansion!

    As if the clusterfuck of multi-jurisdictional litigation involving wife-beater and alleged flight-attendant-choker Michael "I Did Not Give That Woman Anal Herpes" is not crazy enough, the former TV-ad icon is seeking to dismiss his bankruptcy filing in a Miami federal court. Avid Brown-watchers wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Stevie Wonder Divorce Heralds Impending Doom

    Even though Mason Lankford said, "There will come a day when we forget the Rapture ever even happened," Rocks Off is keeping an eye out for signs of our impending Armageddon. I was wrong last time, but I'm totally right this time! Sad news in the entertainment world. Beloved pop star Stevie Wonder, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Arrest Warrant Issued for Dr. Michael Brown

    A family court judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for ex-hand surgeon Michael "Pass the Cocaine, Please" Brown, for failure to show up to a court hearing. Judge Sheri Dean, who's been overseeing the bitter divorce proceedings between Michael and Rachel, issued the warrant. The warrant was issue ... More >>

  • News

    October 27, 2011

    Out of Hand

    Michael Glyn Brown was recently acquitted of assaulting his wife. But that's only the latest allegation against the violent, drug-abusing doctor, long a fixture of Houston TV commercials and society.

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Texans Love Gay Marriage/Civil Unions, Kinda

    If it's good enough for Springfield....​Texas, you are filled with homo-loving, or at least homo-live-and-let-live, people. You're supposed to hate the idea of gays period, much less giving them any sort of rights like straights have earned through their Leviticus-quoting ways. But a new poll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Michael Brown and Wife Divide Up the Luxury

    A Maserati, a Lamborghini...​Further talk of an alleged hit man in ex-hand doc Michael Brown's divorce case was averted today when lawyers for Brown and his wife signed "agreed temporary orders" divvying up the couple's bounty. And boy, is it a bounty -- especially for a dude who filed bankrup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    More Rex Ryan, the Ryan Leaf Trilogy & NFL Best Bets

    Rex Ryan: Can you smell them from here is the question​Two more shopping days left. I need money. You need money. So let's get to winning. And by winning let's find a way to weave more Rex Ryan "foot fetish" talk into a handicapping discussion. Can we do this? (Can we touch them? Can we sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Top Five Rapper Deadbeat Dads

    ​Admit it, when you hear the term "deadbeat dad," you immediately think of a black rapper rocking Gucci stunna shades in a perfectly dimmed room, pants drooping to his ankles. Truth be told, hip-hop dads would be wise to step up and heed Ed OG's words: "Be a Father to Your Child." Relationsh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    HISD's Greg Meyers Divorcing HCC's Sandie Meyers

    The school board president and wife split​A divorce decree is expected to be issued tomorrow morning for Greg Meyers, president of the Houston ISD school board and his wife Sandie Meyers, a Houston Community College trustee, after more than 20 years of marriage."It's an unfortunate situation," Gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Getting Divorced In Harris County? Good Luck

    Don't worry -- it'll take a long time before that case gets heard​Texas Lawyer magazine has a good look at the docket problems in Harris County's Family Law Center, where nine courts have about 34,500 cases pending on their dockets.One lawyer notes that in his 25 years of practice, the county's po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Continental Airlines, Like Foreigner, Wants To Know What Love Is

    Eminem and Kim Mathers could do it. So could Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. Richard Burton and Liz Taylor elevated it to an art form. Of course, we're talking about revolving-door couples; putting cyanide in each other's wine one minute, dancing to "Endless Love" the next. Rinse, wash, repeat.And as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    From The Oakland A's To Texas' Biggest Deadbeat Dad -- The Pride of Brazoswood High

    Troy Neel, of Brazoswood High, had one good year in the majors: as an Oakland A, he batted .290 in 1993.So he was never an All-Star. Today he earned a new title: The newly arrested Biggest Deadbeat Dad in Texas.Attorney General Greg Abbott's office announced that Neel was arrested yesterday at LA In ... More >>

  • Film

    December 28, 2006

    Family Ties

    For Argentine director Daniel Burman, life is a movie

  • News

    October 7, 2004

    The Prince of Perjury Palace

    In court, the truth didn't matter -- he got his child anyway

  • News

    March 11, 2004

    Young Loves

    Tom Zaratti was just a lawyer of modest means, looking out for his boy. Then the revelations began.

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Electoral Gift

    A magazine provides a judicial campaign

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Divorce Over Easy

    Collaborative divorce promises to be kinder, faster, cheaper. But does it really work?

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Judge Love Strikes Again

    A jurist's order restricts colleague's sleepovers with her pal

  • News

    November 22, 2001

    Daddy's Girl

    Gregory Beard says his wife did drugs in front of their child, yet a Harris County associate judge awarded her custody. Beard spent the summer fighting to get his baby back.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Lobbyists

    Dave and Sue Walden

  • Music

    September 6, 2001

    Pure Spunk

    Del Rio-bred Radney Foster is a cowpunk both on stage and off

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    End of the Line

    After seven years and several lawsuits, John Shike goes to jail for tormenting his ex

  • News

    May 4, 2000
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    April 20, 2000

    Absent a Mother

    A judge says Karen Shrader can't see or talk to her children because she's a bad influence. Shrader says any “bad influence” comes from the application of her ex-husband's deep pockets to the East Texas legal system.

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    Conspiracy Theory

    Arms dealer-turned-gadfly Al Johnson thinks everyone's out to get him. He's right

  • News

    January 28, 1999

    How to Divorce a Millionaire

    Georgette Mosbacher offers a guide for gold diggers

  • News

    October 8, 1998
  • News

    October 1, 1998

    No, No, Annette!

    In family court, Judge Annette Galik presides over divorce and custody cases where sex, lies and videotape are part of everyday evidence and testimony. Now the face on the videotape is her own.

  • News

    July 16, 1998

    Courtship, River Oaks Style

    High-powered attorney Earle Lilly was Linda Sarofim Lowe's divorce lawyer, then her lover. Now he's left her, and she wants her $6 million in attorney fees and her Mercedes back.

  • News

    May 28, 1998
  • News

    May 21, 1998

    Little Girl Lost?

    Brittany Ann Corcoran, age seven, went "missing" for seven months. She resurfaced with a case of head lice, holes in her socks and nothing settled about what has been and what will become of her...

  • News

    January 22, 1998
  • News

    December 18, 1997

    Justice Lost -- and Found

    Austin police may finally file charges in the death of courts activist Donna Ringoringo

  • News

    August 1, 1996

    Secrets of the Sphinx?

    Big money, big lawyers, bizarre allegations: it's Sarofim v. Sarofim, the divorce from hell

  • News

    March 14, 1996
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    January 18, 1996
  • News

    January 18, 1996

    In the Child's Best Interest

    A legal technicality sent Donnie and DeAnne Fitts to a Houston court seeking to adopt Justin and Jacob Baker - again. Twelve jurors agreed that outcome would be the best for the children. Judge Bill Henderson didn't quite see it that way.

  • News

    January 4, 1996

    Ritalin on Trial

    While some Houston parents fight what they charge is "a river of Ritalin" running through the schools, one father has gone to court to try to prove that, for his son, Ritalin use is Ritalin abuse.

  • News

    December 22, 1994

    Battle of the Retreads

    Two soon-to-be-unemployed politicians may be headed for a City Council showdown

  • News

    November 17, 1994

    The Extended Courtship of Phrogge Simons

    Her persistence paid off, but she's not leaving just yet

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