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A divorce, child custody case or other family law case does not always have to be a traumatic, combative experience. Even when the issues are complex, your future is at stake and emotions are running high, I will work hard to protect your legal rights while avoiding unnecessary conflict and stress.

As a skilled Houston Family Lawyer, my goal is to resolve matters quickly and to save clients the trauma of litigation. But I will vigorously defend your rights in court when needed. I provide quality legal guidance to clients in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria and Waller counties in the following practice areas:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Protective Services
  • Child and Spouse Support
  • Adoption
  • Domestic Violence
  • Criminal Law
  • Child Custody
  • Paternity
  • Guardianships
  • Motions to Modify
  • Property Distribution
  • Relocation
  • Post-Judgment Actions
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Visitation
  • Divorce Mediation

Divorce:
Today, times are difficult for families. Regardless of how hard we try, not all marriages can last. Sometimes it is just because people have changed and do not get along anymore. Other times, one spouse has wronged the other through abuse or infidelity. If the marriage has deteriorated, you need a lawyer who will listen and fight for you. Even in a “friendly divorce,” it is wise to have a lawyer to ensure things go smoothly and according to the law. If children are involved, the issues of child support and child custody are extremely difficult ones. You should not try to resolve these questions without professional help.

Child Protective Services:
Parents make mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes are reported to CPS (the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services). And before you know it, your child(ren) have been taken away. The process and steps that you will have to take to get your child(ren) back can be grueling. Having a lawyer by your side fighting for your fundamental right to parent your child(ren) is essential in this situation. As an experienced Houston Family Lawyer, I can walk you through each step successfully so that your child(ren) can come home as soon as possible.

I am dedicated to serving the needs of clients by providing the highest level of commitment, experience and professionalism to achieve successful results. I am a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best-trained attorneys in Texas. Members are qualified attorneys who are interested in both high ethical standards and improved training for all Texas attorneys.

I also believe in close and direct contact with my clients. As your case progresses, I will always keep you fully informed. You will be involved with all decisions affecting your case.

The Importance of Child Support:
Child support covers everything a child needs, and even more, during the growth and formative years. A parent's first and principal obligation is to support his or her minor children according to the parent's circumstances and station in life, and children should share in the standard of living of both parents.

The amount of a child support award is more than a question of bare necessities. If the child has a wealthy parent, that child is entitled to, and therefore needs something more than the bare necessities of life. Where the supporting parent enjoys a lifestyle that far exceeds the custodial parent's living standard, child support must, to some degree, reflect that more opulent lifestyle. This is so even though, as a practical matter, the child support payments may incidentally benefit others in the custodial household whom the payor parent has no obligation to support (e.g., custodial parent owed no spousal support, adult children, or children from custodial parent's other relationships). Children are entitled to share in the non-custodial parent’s elevated standard of living despite custodial parent's lower income.

If you or someone you know in Texas needs the assistance of an experienced Houston Family Lawyer, call Attorney Julie A. Ketterman today at 713-909-3126, or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule your free consultation.

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If you or someone you know in Texas needs the assistance of an experienced Houston Family Lawyer, call Attorney Julie A. Ketterman today at 713-909-3126, or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule your free consultation.

ADDRESS OF THE FIRM:
Ketterman, Hedlesten & Amann, PLLC
1004 Prairie Street, Suite 300
Houston, TX 77002


Julie A. Ketterman

Education

  • B.A. Criminal Justice / Legal Emphasis.
    • University of Texas at San Antonio (1995)
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law (1999)

Admitted to the Bar

  • State Bar of Texas -- 1999

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense (Federal & State)
  • Family
  • Juvenile
  • CPS
  • Appellate
  • Mediation

Memberships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Biography
In 1999, Julie earned her law degree at South Texas College of Law. Julie handles all types of criminal, family, juvenile and CPS cases. She is licensed to practice in both Federal and State District Courts. Julie works in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria and Waller Counties. Julie is married to criminal defense attorney, and firm member, Colin B. Amann. She has three daughters, Aurelia, Danielle and Kali, and two step sons, Augustus and Nikki.


 

Colin B. Amann

Education

  • B.A. in Chemistry, Virginia Tech (1981)
  • J.D., University of Houston, Bates School of Law (1985)

Admitted to the Bar

  • State Bar of Texas -- 1987

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense (Federal & State)
  • Appellate (Federal & State)

Memberships

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Biography
Colin B. Amann was raised in Northern Virginia and attended college at Virginia Tech, where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Colin moved to Houston in 1982 to attend law school at the University of Houston Bates School of Law.

While in law school, Colin worked as a law clerk for noted criminal defense attorney, Mike Ramsey. After graduating in 1985, Colin was hired as an associate to Mike Ramsey and during the following seven years, assisted Mr. Ramsey in the representation of such clients as Commissioner Bob Eckels, Councilman Ben Reyes, and baseball star Roger Clemens. Colin continues to assist Mr. Ramsey in many of his cases. In addition to managing high-profile clients, Colin has become very experienced with document-intensive white collar criminal cases.

In 1989, Colin was hired by the University of Houston as an adjunct law professor. For the next four years -- in addition to his duties as a practicing lawyer -- Colin taught legal research and writing to first-year law students.

In addition to being a member of the Texas State Bar, Colin is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. During his legal career, Colin has traveled throughout the State of Texas and Louisiana to represent clients in both Federal and State courts. Colin has been recognized by Strathmore’s “Who’s Who” for his achievements in the legal profession.

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