Family Law

Section Focus

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The Family Law Section of the Houston Bar Association promotes the goals of the HBA within the community of family lawyers in Houston. With a membership of almost 500 attorneys, the Section includes family law attorneys with a wide range of backgrounds, knowledge and experiences who serve to mentor and encourage one another in addressing the many complex issues that can arise in family law cases. At the monthly meetings, members have access to quality CLE programming as well as an opportunity to network among other family lawyers and the family law judiciary.

Four middle-aged women in professional attire sit at the far end of a circular table, smiling at the camera. There is food in front of them and a large window behind them.Family Law Section leadership and members consistently give back to the community through organized events geared to assisting those in need, including:

  • Providing monthly updates of pertinent case law to its members;
  • Sponsoring CLE programs for family law attorneys;
  • Volunteer efforts at HBA legal clinics;
  • Staffing family law attorneys for the HBA’s monthly LegalLine program;
  • Contributing annually to projects such as Habitat for Humanity;
  • Grading thousands of Houston student essays entered in the national “Do the Write Thing” writing competition;
  • Collecting and contributing to HBA’s “Dress for Success” program;

The HBA Family Law Section, one of the oldest among HBA sections, consistently strives to equip its membership with all the tools necessary to better serve those Houston and Harris County families in need of quality family law legal services.

Monthly meetings are held at the Downtown Club at Houston Center, 1100 Caroline Street, Houston 77002.

Parking Instructions:
The Downtown Club is located in the First City Tower garage, on the top floor labeled “C” in the NE elevators. Public parking is located on the left hand side of Lamar Street just past Caroline Street.


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Other Materials and Announcements

Updated Policies and Procedures for the 310th District Court, June 18, 2021

Congratulations to Judge Angela Graves-Harrington, who was recently elected to serve as Administrative Judge of the Harris County Family Law Courts.

Answers to frequently-asked family law questions in the COVID-19 pandemic

Virtual CLE "I Have No Idea What to Do with Military Benefits!" April 7, 2021


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Section Information

2021-22 Section Officers

Tammy Moon, The Simien Moon Law Firm
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Immediate Past Chair
Amy Allen, Gray Reed & McGraw

Chair Elect
Jennifer Caras, Schlanger, Silver, Barg & Paine, LLP

Tasha Wilson, Jacqueline Smith & Associates

Katie Custer, Fullenweider Wilhite

History of Family Law Section Chairs

Bylaws of the Family Law Section

Member Details

Section Members: 499
Section Dues:

  • For 3 years or less: $40
  • For 4 years or more: $55

Law Student Policies


Cost of lunch ($30 if paid in advance, $35 at the door).