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Divorce Lawyer Donna J. Smiedt Can Protect Your Family’s Best Interest

Donna J. Smiedt

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 all aspects of the divorce process in order to minimize the harmful effects a separation can have on your family.

Serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area from our offices located in Arlington, TX, the divorce attorneys at The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt will protect your family's best interest during these challenging times.

Meet Donna J. Smiedt

Andy Carl Valentin

Andy Carl Valentin

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Jerry Johnston

Jerry Johnston

Donna has represented my son in a child custody case and my wife and I in a grandparents custody case and she has done a masterful job. I don't know where my grandchildren would be without Donna.  She has given them a chance to have a much better  life and a chance to be loved and grow into well rounded adults. Donna is a very caring person that really looks out for the benefit of children and her clients. View On Google +

Featured in Living Magazine

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

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Meet Our Team of Divorce Lawyers

Donna J. SmiedtDonna J. Smiedt

Practicing law since 1986 and a Board Certified Family Law Attorney by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1991, Donna Smiedt focuses her practice on complex family law litigation, including adoption, child support, divorce, paternity, post-divorce modifications, and property division. As your lawyer, Donna Smiedt can provide the utmost level of professionalism and legal expertise with a caring and compassionate understanding of the oftentimes chaotic and traumatic nature of the experience at hand.

Born in South Africa, she 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 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 the Tarrant County Family Bar Association, the Tarrant County Bar Association, Arlington Bar Association, Arlington Professional and Businesswomen's Club, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialist, and The College of the State Bar of Texas.

Our award-winning family law firm also includes the services of:

Michael A. MuñozMichael A. Muñoz

A longtime Arlington, TX, resident, attorney Michael Muñoz graduated from the Texas Wesleyan School of Law in 2002. Mr. Muñoz is a former Managing Assistant Attorney General and in 2013 was named Assistant Attorney General of the year. For nearly two-decades, lawyer Michael Muñoz has gained experience in a wide range of legal subjects, which gives him the resources necessary to manage the various issues that may arise in a complex divorce.

A member of the Tarrant County Family Law Bar and licensed to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Mr. Muñoz can help resolve any issues that arise with his varied skillsets as your divorce lawyer. Utilizing mediation, litigation, and cooperative negotiation, attorney Michael Muñoz gives clients direct and pertinent legal counsel and representation in all aspects of family law matters, including but not limited to the legal issues of divorce, child custody, and spousal support. 

 Desaray R. Muma 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.

 

Andy Carl Valentin

Andy Carl Valentin

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. View On Google +

Jerry Johnston

Jerry Johnston

Donna has represented my son in a child custody case and my wife and I in a grandparents custody case and she has done a masterful job. I don't know where my grandchildren would be without Donna.  She has given them a chance to have a much better  life and a chance to be loved and grow into well rounded adults. Donna is a very caring person that really looks out for the benefit of children and her clients. View On Google +

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt

At The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt in Arlington, TX, Donna and her team are devoted to providing the communities of the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the finest legal representation during troubled times. Cases involving families, such as divorce and child custody proceedings, can be extremely difficult in terms of complexity and emotional turmoil. If you and your spouse cannot work it out, you need a lawyer who can protect your best interests and those of your children.

Led by Donna J. Smiedt, a Board Certified Family Law Attorney by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 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 understand 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, contact us online, or call:

(817) 572-9900

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The Basics of Divorce in Texas

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, Texas is a "no-fault state." This means you do not need a specific reason for dissolving a marriage.

That being said, 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. Our team of compassionate lawyers can help protect your assets and interests in able to allow you to plan for a better future. 

Marital property in Texas is subject to just and right division. This means signs of fault or unequal earning power can influence how property is divided by the court. A divorce lawyer can hep you determine beneficial decisions that can result in the best possible outcome for the well-being of your family.

Choose a Board-Certified Attorney

As a family law specialist, Donna J. Smiedt has the training and background needed to help you achieve the very best results for your case.

Minimize Costs and Anxiety With Collaborative Law

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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, TX, can help determine if you qualify for the the collaborative divorce 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.

Above all, the collaborative process can minimize the amount of stress on not just the respective spouses, but any children in the family. In order to determine if your divorce qualifies for the collaborative law process, your relationship with your spouse must meet a few criteria. 

Agreement to Divorce

Mediation is only a viable option if you and your spouse are in agreement that your marriage is over. 

No History of Domestic Violence

Mediators will generally not take a case when there is a history of domestic abuse. If a history of violence is present 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 your spouse, as well as the divorce mediator.

Agreement on Custody Terms

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

Andy Carl Valentin

Andy Carl Valentin

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. View On Google +

Jerry Johnston

Jerry Johnston

Donna has represented my son in a child custody case and my wife and I in a grandparents custody case and she has done a masterful job. I don't know where my grandchildren would be without Donna.  She has given them a chance to have a much better  life and a chance to be loved and grow into well rounded adults. Donna is a very caring person that really looks out for the benefit of children and her clients. View On Google +

Helping You During Your Time of Need

When you hire a divorce attorney from The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt, in Arlington, TX, your lawyer will work diligently on your behalf so that can work on moving forward. Our law firm offers a friendly, boutique atmosphere. Our office features divorce therapy dogs to help you relax during what we know is a stressful time.

Protecting Your Best Interests

If you are facing a divorce in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, a compassionate lawyer from The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt, in Arlington, TX, 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 because of our reputation for success. With the help of a divorce lawyer from The Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt, you can get through this troubling time. 

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

(817) 572-9900

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt

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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.

To speak to an attorney at our award-winning law firm, request a consultation online or call us at: 

(817) 572-9900.

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Arlington Office

3216 W Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76016

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

Hours & Info

Directions

(817) 572-9900