We are open again for business at the beautiful brick and mortar location! Although we are very conscious of the COVID-19 risks, we understand that people especially need family lawyers at this time. After practicing in the area a family law for 33 years and being board-certified for 28 of those years, I have a keen awareness of how the current situation has deeply affected marriages and children in our community. We stand ready and able to service our ongoing clients in our newly disinfected office wherein we now require that all visitors submit their forehead for a contactless temperature reading to protect our work family and yours. We do require that you wear a mask as prescribed by federal, county and city regulations. When I built my office in 2013 I incurred  the additional monies to ensure that all visitors were safe from the spreading of germs and bacteria by installing high tech visitor restrooms with touchless water, soap and dryers, I had no idea that this would be such an added layer of safety for our clients and employees during this pandemic.  This foresight gives us the ability to provide you with the highest standard of cleanliness and low risk for infection when you visit our beautiful, SPACIOUS office, in person where we can comply with social distancing with no problem whatsoever. We are accepting new clients at this time and have instituted new policies for receiving payments online as well as having our intake forms as easy PDF fillable documents as well as giving you the opportunity to provide us with all of your evidence and other important documentation by sending same via electronic transmission. We have all of our clients’ private and confidential  information saved and protected, while being accessible to the staff through our extremely secure Cloud Client Platform and Portal hosted by legal industry giant, ThomsenReuters. For this reason, during the stay at home sheltering orders we were one of the few law firms in the county to already have transitioned to a virtual Law Firm. This permitted our brilliant and innovative family law attorneys to continue to seamlessly provide the very best legal representation to the DFW population which we serve. We are able to represent clients not only in Tarrant County, but all surrounding counties such as Johnson, Dallas, Collin, Kaufman and Parker. 

I have handpicked the most competent, experienced and hard working support staff to flawlessly meet the needs of our clients as a full-service family law firm. We have recently been named as one of the top 20 divorce law firms in Arlington! I have garnered many honors over my many years of practice, including being named as Top Attorney in Fort Worth for over a decade each year and I have twice been selected by my peers as a “Super Lawyer” of Texas, an honor reserved for an extremely small percentage of Texas lawyers. Although I am proud of all of these accolades, this would mean nothing to my clients if I had not concentrated on a mission of using my decades of experience to build my law form into a well organized business utilizing the most cutting edge technological tools to represent my clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. This goal has served me well during this ongoing epidemic. My goal is to provide the most excellent t legal services to all of the community at a cost that does not bankrupt a client. 

If you are at high risk to contract Coronavirus or prefer to have all of your contact with our office in virtual form, we are set up on Zoom for immediate consultations for new clients. My Mission Statement has always been: “When It comes to your family and your finances, experience matters!” These words are more true now than ever. During these uncertain times I wanted to reach out to our community and assure your that because of my many years of practice, I had already built in all of the safeguards to enable our brilliant lawyers and awesome paralegals to continue the essential work that they do from home during the height of the pandemic. I wanted to put the word out there that we stand ready and able to meet all of your family law needs, now more than ever. We are also still offering our simple Estate Planning Kit at a greatly reduced price to give back to the community that has been so wonderful and supportive over the last 33 years as I built one of the best family law firms in the State. Prayers to all of you during these frightening times, and please remember that we have the experience and technology to best serve you, our important clients who are the reason for our continued existence and survival.  At the end of the day, no business is more essential than a family law firm with a  dedicated team ready to shepherd you through any crisis that you and your family are experiencing. Please reach out to us if you need help now at ArlingtonDivorces.com or call (817) 572-9900 and Amanda can get you set up to meet with us to give you advice immediately,

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Protect Your Family’s Best Interests

Going through a divorce is never a pleasant experience. Even when facing an amicable separation with your spouse, the disruption of stability in a family can have a significant impact on everyone involved, including children. When your family faces obstacles, it is important to retain an attorney who understands every aspect of divorce proceedings in the state of Texas. This allows you to minimize the harmful effects a separation can have on your family.

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Help During Your Time of Need

At The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt in Arlington, TX, Donna and her team are devoted to providing the communities of Southlake, Westover Hills, and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area with the finest legal representation. Cases involving families can be extremely difficult in terms of complexity and emotional turmoil. If you and your spouse can not work it out, you need a lawyer who can protect your best interests and those of your children.

To schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer at our Arlington, TX, law office, contact us online, or call:

(817) 572-9900

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"Kind, Caring, Honest, and Professional"
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Noel Cookman


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"Do you recommend Donna Smiedt?" OF COURSE I DO. She is one of the smartest lawyers I've ever known and she uses all of that intelligence to help her clients, first and foremost. That's what I call Relevant Competence - talent that matters because it is used to help real people with real challenges. She knows how to get people "across the finish line." And, she is highly regarded in the world of law and the courts. That's critical. You can't go wrong by hiring Donna Smiedt.

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Lindsey Hogue


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I’ve hired Donna and her team for multiple child custody cases. She’s been nothing but kind, caring, honest, and professional during these extremely emotional and stressful times in my life. She always makes me feel like I’m her only client, and puts me at ease with her abilities and knowledge of the law. She’s won every case for me and I don’t know what I would have done without her and excellent team of paralegals and attorneys. She definitely gets the job done and more!! I highly recommend her for any family law issues.

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Meet Our Team of Lawyers

Donna J. Smiedt

Born in South Africa, Donna Smiedt moved to the United States when she was 14 years old. She graduated high school the following year, and by the time she was 19, she had earned an undergraduate degree from SMU. She graduated from the SMU School of Law at 22 as one of the school's youngest graduates.

Donna Smiedt has practiced law since 1986 and has been a Board Certified Family Law Attorney by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1991. She focuses her practice on complex litigation, including adoption, child support, divorce, paternity, post-divorce modifications, and property division.

Donna Smiedt is sworn to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is licensed to practice in Texas State Court and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. She is also is a member of professional associations including:

  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Arlington Bar Association
  • Arlington Professional and Businesswomen's Club 
  • Tarrant County Family Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association

Desaray R. Muma

An associate lawyer at our law firm, Desaray Muma graduated cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she received her juris doctorate. Attorney Desaray Muma provides counsel in all types of family law cases, including divorce, child custody disputes, adoptions, Child Protective Services (CPS) litigation, child support issues, collaborative divorce, premarital agreements, spousal support, visitation rights, and grandparents' rights.

Desary R. Muma is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Tarrant County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas.

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Legal Options Tailored to Your Individual Needs

Our team can be your advocate in court or provide collaborative divorce and mediation services. No matter what your situation is with your spouse, our team of divorce lawyers understands what you are going through and will do everything in their power to ensure a positive outcome for you and your family.

To schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer at our Arlington, TX, law office, serving Southlake, Westover Hills, and nearby areas, contact us online or call:

(817) 572-9900

"Excellent Representation and Results"


Lee Fedornak


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If you have to file for a divorce, PLEASE do NOT go into that unchartered legal arena without Donna's guidance. She is the consummate knowledeable divorce professional! If you are crushingly miserable in your daily life with your spouse, & true happiness is beyond attainable, be brave enough to save yourself. If you step into the Divorce ring, you need the very best to help you from a divorce attorney...

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Ed McKiernan


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We hired Donna Smiedt to handle a very contentious child custody case in 2010. From the day we signed on to have Donna represent us we have received excellent representation and results. Donna has represented us well and listened to all of our needs and requests. Donna was professional and reassured us that our case would be taken care of. My wife and I can not say enough good things about Donna and her personal attention to a stressful matter...

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​Do I Need to Hire a Divorce Lawyer?

A divorce can stem from a number of issues. In the worst cases, a spouse is abused, intentionally abandoned, or is the victim of adultery. Perhaps you and your spouse simply have come to terms with the fact that you face irreconcilable differences. Regardless of the how and why behind your separation, an attorney from The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt can help you navigate the complicated process of a divorce in Texas.

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Hold Your Spouse Accountable

Texas is a no-fault state, which means that you do not need a specific reason for dissolving a marriage. However, if one spouse is at fault for the end of a marriage, the courts may take this fault into consideration when determining child custody, spousal support, and property division. A divorce lawyer can help you determine beneficial decisions that can result in the best possible outcome for the well-being of you and your children.

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Protect Your Assets

Marital property in Texas is subject to just and right division. This means that signs of fault or unequal earning power can influence how property is divided by the court. In high-asset divorces, the division of marital property can add many complicated layers to an already complex process. Our team of compassionate lawyers can help protect your assets and interests so you can plan for a better future.

Minimize Costs and Anxiety with Collaborative Law

If you and your spouse have come to the conclusion that your marriage is over, but there is little animosity between parties, you may be able to take advantage of a collaborative divorce. A divorce lawyer from The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt in Arlington can help determine if you qualify for the collaborative process.

Divorce through mediation, or negotiation between spouses and their attorneys, offers a number of advantages over traditional divorce, including lower costs and a shorter timetable for a final outcome. Several factors make this a viable option:

Agreement to Divorce

Mediation is only a viable option if you and your spouse are in agreement that your marriage is over. Our legal team is happy to help couples who are on the same page and willing to work with each other. Avoid the drawn-out process of a traditional legal separation with collaborative law.

No History of Domestic Violence

It is almost unheard of for mediators to take a case when there is a history of domestic abuse. When there is a history of violence in a relationship, it can be nearly impossible to determine if the victim is agreeing to a settlement out of fear or intimidation from the abuser.

Transparent Finances

Both you and your spouse must be willing to provide all relevant information in regard to assets and debts. Bank accounts, retirement savings, pensions, stocks, and credit card balances will need to be shared with the spouse as well as the divorce mediator for the collaborative process to work.

Agreement on Custody Terms

Custody can be the most challenging part of the mediation process. Mediation can be a constructive approach to a separation, where you can work with your spouse to decide the details of child support and custody, but difficulties can quickly arise if parents are not willing to compromise.

A Brighter Future Is Possible

If you are facing a divorce in Southlake, Westover Hills, the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, or beyond, a compassionate lawyer from The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt in Arlington can ensure you receive a favorable resolution to your legal matters. Our divorce attorneys specialize in a number of practice areas including child custody, spousal support, and collaborative law. Our law firm is well-known in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex thanks to our reputation for success.

To schedule a consultation at our Arlington, TX, law office, contact us online or call:

(817) 572-9900

"Amazing to Work With"


Lisa Jennings


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Donna and her team are amazing to work with. I felt she knew exactly what I was going through and very compassionate!

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Andy Carl Valentin


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Donna is awesome! Helpful, insightful and very patient when someone babbles on... I should know. I'm a babbler.
If you're looking for representation, help or advice, look no further.

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Attorneys Donna Smiedt and Desaray Muma were recently featured in Living Magazine. Take a look to see what sets the practice apart from other attorneys specializing in family law.

Special Areas of Focus

High-Asset Divorce

Any number of factors can contribute to the complexity of high-asset divorce cases. High-value couples may hold significant family businesses, real estate holdings, investment portfolios, and insurance policies, all of which need to be taken into account when determining property division. Our lawyers have a sterling reputation throughout the greater Dallas and Fort Worth areas for representing clients in complex and high-asset cases and can help ensure your future is protected.

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Child Custody

Every parent wants what is best for their children, and so it should come as no surprise that determining custody can be one of the most difficult parts of the divorce process. As circumstances change, the needs of your child may also change, and you may require the assistance of one of our child custody lawyers. Our team can help with any kind of custody matter including initial determination of custody, interstate custody arrangements, remediating a previous agreement, and grandparent custody cases. 

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Child Support

Your child deserves every opportunity to succeed, and child support payments can help give your child the resources they need to thrive. Child support payments are paid by the non-custodial parent to the parent with custody and are intended to cover expenses that benefit and care for the child or children. Our Arlington attorneys can help you determine practical child support payments to ensure your children can receive the resources they need to achieve the future they deserve.

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"I Would Never Consider Going to Any Other Attorney
for Any Type of Family Law Issues"


Catherine Clifton


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Donna is an amazing, very talented family law attorney that I recommend highly. She helped me immensely during a very difficult time of my life during my divorce. She works tirelessly to ensure her clients are well represented, covers all contingencies, (even those you don’t think off), and the bottom line is she WINS the best outcome for your family.

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Valerie Moore


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Donna was my attorney during a very difficult divorce. She is very supportive, professional, ethical and well-respected by her clients, the judges and DFW legal community. Her staff is fantastic. In addition to divorces, Donna has provided professional services in other family law issues I have faced as well will preparation. The services she and her staff have provided to me, my husband and children span a time frame of almost 20 years. I would never consider going to any other attorney for any type of family law issues. Her knowledge in family law cannot be found anywhere else and I highly recommend her.

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The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt is the premier destination for clients who need representation during a divorce, adoption, or other family law matters. Donna J. Smiedt has been in practice since 1986 and is a Board Certified Family Law Attorney – Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Her other professional affiliations include:

  • Texas Bar College
  • Arlington Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

To schedule a consultation at our Arlington, TX, law firm, contact us online or call (817) 572-9900.

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