Category Archives: Divorce Courts Nueces County Texas

Best Divorce Lawyer in Corpus Christi?

How do you define what constitutes the “Best Lawyer” in a given practice area?

The “Best Bankruptcy Lawyer” might have very little experience in handling a criminal law case

The “Best DWI Lawyer” could very well be less than effective in handling a probate law case

The “Best Divorce Lawyer”, as in any “Best Anything” can be difficult to precisely define

For example, in Criminal Law… one could look at a lawyers “win/loss” statistics, but that wouldn’t be enough.  A lawyer could “win” the case by negotiating a plea agreement for probation instead of jail time, etc.  The same applies in Family Law.  Winning could be decided in many ways.   Did you keep the house?  Did you get the children at times you wanted?  Did you get to keep all of your retirement?  Did you get to move out of the county?   Nobody gets everything, but knowing your priorities helps customize your settlement.

I like to find out what is important to my clients, and negotiate accordingly.  I like to keep communication open between parents, after all, you will be involved with the other parent forever.  Even after your children graduate, there are weddings and grandchildren to consider.

Your lawyer should fit your personality, and be someone you can rely on to tell you the hard truth.  You will spend a lot of time with your attorney and their legal assistants, so choose someone with whom you like to spend time but also, that you trust and will listen to. 

Many clients have told me, “you’re the best, thank you.”  I greatly appreciate their confidence in me.  There are many good lawyers to choose from and I hope to meet with you soon. 

Kelly Koch Attorney at Law

Contact us by phone at (361) 882-8000 or through our online form to schedule your consultation and learn more. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening and weekend consultations available by appointment.

1402 N. Chaparral St., Corpus Christi, TX

Can I be Awarded The Marital Home?

A judge will normally do one of three things.  Award the house to the Husband, the Wife or order it to be sold.  Sometimes it is great to  keep the house, other times it’s better to cash out and let your spouse keep the house or sell it and be debt free. 

Notwithstanding sentimental value or moving hassle, the main objective is to be sure you don’t lose the value/equity of the house. 

So before deciding if you want the home, you need to know what it’s actual (not sentimental) value is. 

To determine what the house is worth to you, you will need to know what the fair market value is, and what the outstanding balance, lien and other debts on the house (such as home equity loans) are.  Fair market value is what a reasonable buyer would pay a reasonable seller. 

The same house may be worth more or less depending on the real estate cycle.    For example, in 2008, house values went down. Start with the tax roll or Zillow.   You could also call a realtor for a comparable market analysis and learn for what amount other houses in your neighborhood have recently sold.   As mentioned, it won’t be the exact number, but it’s a start. Subtract the outstanding mortgage or other debts attached to the house and that is the value.  

Now that you have an estimated equity value, you can better determine if you can/want to keep the house and pay your spouse for their portion. Remember, the house is just one piece of the puzzle.  Retirement and debt can be traded to make up the difference in equity. 

Of course it’s never that simple and there are other considerations, but I’ll leave those details for your chosen professional. 


Kelly Koch Attorney at Law

Contact us by phone at (361) 882-8000 or through our online form to schedule your consultation and learn more. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening and weekend consultations available by appointment.

1402 N. Chaparral St., Corpus Christi, TX



Do I have to have a reason for divorce in Texas?

Texas is known as a “no fault” State.  That means, if a person wants to get divorced, the Courts will grant the request for any reason or no reason at all.  

This general ground is called insupportibilty, and has been called irreconcilable differences in other states.  It just means the marriage has become “insupportable” due to conflict or discord of personalities that destroys the legitimate ends of the marital relationship and there is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation.   

Sometimes clients don’t want the divorce, but there is no way to stop it if one person wants it.  Years ago, courts would encourage counseling, but that is no longer the case.

Sometimes litigants plead (ask) for divorce based on “grounds” or specific reasons such as cruelty, adultery, conviction of felony, abandonment, confinement in a mental hospital or living apart. 

The most common of these are adultery and cruel treatment.  Because the divorce can be granted based upon insupportibility, these claims are unnecessary and used primarily  to obtain a larger settlement (more than half). 

Whether or not you should add these grounds to your divorce depends on several factors, including the size of the community estate and your desire for privacy. 

Kelly Koch Attorney at Law

Contact us by phone at (361) 882-8000 or through our online form to schedule your consultation and learn more. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening and weekend consultations available by appointment.

1402 N. Chaparral St., Corpus Christi, TX

Divorce Courts in Nueces County Texas

Here’s a list of the various Divorce Courts in Nueces County Texas and their individual phone numbers, the Clerk Hours are the same for all of them, Divorce cases are held in District Court.
8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm
At the time of the filing of your lawsuit, the case will be randomly assigned to one of the these Family Law Courts, unless you are filing an action related to a prior order of a Nueces County court. In that case, you usually must file the action in the same court which ruled on the initial order.
28th District Court
Judge Name:
Judge Nanette Hasette
Clerk Name:
Anne Lorentzen
Court Address:
901 Leopard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone:
361-888-0450
94th District Court
Judge Name:
Judge Bobby M. Galvan
Clerk Name:
Anne Lorentzen
Court Address:
901 Leopard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone:
361-888-0450
105th District Court
Judge Name:
Judge Jack William Pulcher
Clerk Name:
Anne Lorentzen
Court Address:
901 Leopard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone:
361-888-0450
117th District Court
Judge Name:
Judge Sandra L. Watts
Clerk Name:
Anne Lorentzen
Court Address:
901 Leopard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone:
361-888-0450
148th District Court
Judge Name:
Judge Guy Williams
Clerk Name:
Anne Lorentzen
Court Address:
901 Leopard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone:
361-888-0450
214th District Court
Judge Name:
Judge Jose Longoria
Clerk Name:
Anne Lorentzen
Court Address:
901 Leopard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone:
361-888-0450
319th District Court
Judge Name:
Judge David V. Stith
Clerk Name:
Anne Lorentzen
Court Address:
901 Leopard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone:
361-888-0450
347th District Court
Judge Name:
Judge Missy Medary
Clerk Name:
Anne Lorentzen
Court Address:
901 Leopard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone:
361-888-0450
Kelly Koch Attorney at Law Contact us by phone at (361) 882-8000 or through our online form to schedule your consultation and learn more. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with evening and weekend consultations available by appointment. 1402 N. Chaparral St., Corpus Christi, TX