Why I Do What I Do
In 1987 while serving as pastor of a church, I became engaged to a young woman I had grown up knowing but who attended another church in my home town. We later married and soon after were expecting our first child. Very soon after getting married my wife told me she wanted a divorce. I was devastated. We had both been raised in church and taught that divorce was wrong. One day I came home and almost everything in the house was gone! My wife had left me. She was six months pregnant; later I was not allowed to be present at the birth of our child. I was heartbroken. My whole world had been turned upside down. I didn’t know what to do or where to turn.
I didn’t want a divorce. But I found out that in the Texas if your spouse wants a divorce they can get one whether you want it or not. My wife wanted one and she filed for divorce and requested custody of our daughter. Our divorce was a bitter one. My wife would not talk to me unless she was in Court on the witness stand. She was silent as we exchanged our daughter for visitations. When my wife got a new boyfriend I had to deliver my child to him at visitations when my now ex-wife sent him.
When my daughter was about 2 1/2 my ex-wife and I were in court, again, on a Motion to Modify Visitation. My wife started to talk to me because she did not want me to take my daughter to Virginia for my summer period of possession. We continued talking and discussed “what was in the child’s best interest” and those discussions along with a miracle of God resulted in my wife and I being remarried. My wife, my daughter and I returned to Virginia where I was in my last year of law school and we finished law school together… as a family.
After graduation from law school I returned to Texas and began my practice of law in Livingston. In 1993 I moved to Huntsville, Texas and began practicing law. Since that time I have engaged in a general practice of law, which involves all kinds of legal cases, but I have a strong interest and personal fondness for the practice of family law, especially divorce and child custody cases.
I have not forgotten what it’s like to hand my child over to a stranger at visitation. I have not forgotten what it was like to have your stomach in knots with the worry and stress of dealing with a person you once loved and now can’t stand. I know what it’s like when you just seem to argue over the smallest of details. I know what it’s like to want information regarding your child and not be able to get any cooperation.