Family Law 

Whether your family is facing a devastating scenario like divorce or a joyous occasion like adoption, you need the help of an attorney to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Attorney Donna J. Smiedt helps many families in Arlington, TX, protect their best interests in virtually all areas of family law.

Should you hire an attorney for your case?

Reasons to Hire a Law Firm

Sometimes, dissolving your marriage is the best possible solution for you, your partner, and your children. In Texas, marital property is not divided evenly. Instead, it is divided "fairly and justly." Our team can help you secure the property you deserve and ensure your rights are protected long-term.

If you share children with a former spouse or partner, you need an attorney to help you protect your child's best interests in the future. After reviewing your situation, we will work closely with your family to reach child custody and child support agreements that uphold your child's best interests at all times.

Adoption is a lengthy and complex process. By pursuing it on your own, you run the risk of unnecessary delays and future issues. Our firm also assists families who are going through adoption, and our lawyers will work directly with agencies or biological parents to ensure a smooth and lawful process.

Need Help with Your Family Law Case? Schedule a Consultation with Our Law Firm

Family law cases can quickly become very emotional for everyone involved. Because issues concerning families are often highly complex, they require compassionate and dedicated legal representation.

At The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt, we understand what you are going through and will work tirelessly to protect your best interests. Donna J. Smiedt is a Board Certified Family Law Attorney - Texas Board of Legal Specialization who has received extensive training in this area. Additionally, our legal team is trained in collaborative law and mediation to achieve fair, effective, and amicable resolutions outside of the courtroom. To speak to our Arlington, TX, team about your case, contact us online or call our law office:

(817) 572-9900

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Andy C.

Andy C.

October 2019

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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Jerry J.

Jerry J.

June 2019

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.
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Reasons to Choose Our Family Law Firm to Represent You

This is a very specialized area of law, and not all attorneys are qualified to represent families in these types of cases. But Donna J. Smiedt has been practicing family law since 1986. Over the past three decades, she has helped many families achieve positive resolutions.

Donna J. Smiedt is one of the only attorneys in Arlington, Fort Worth, or Tarrant County who is a Board Certified Family Law Attorney - Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She earned this certification in 1991, and has since completed additional training in this field to better serve Arlington, TX, and Fort Worth-area clients.

Our attorneys make every effort to accomplish our clients' wishes and goals within the parameters of the law. A vast majority of our clients have been very happy with the outcomes of their cases. As a result, our Arlington, TX, law firm has received dozens of five-star reviews online. 

What Is Family Law?

Family law pertains to divorce, spousal support, child custody and support, paternity, and virtually all other legal issues involving families.

Donna J. Smiedt offers representation to help families in Arlington, TX, Fort Worth, and Tarrant County achieve amicable and positive long-term outcomes. Our family law firm can negotiate arrangements that serve your children's best interests as well as your own. In addition, Donna and our team can also help draft and finalize prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. 

A Brief Overview of Each Area of Family Law

Our Arlington, TX, lawyers represent clients in a wide range of cases:

Divorce

From decisions about dividing property to custody arrangements, a divorce can be incredibly complex and emotional. Donna and our team can protect your best interests in court or help you find a more peaceful and cooperative resolution through mediated and collaborative processes.

Complex and High-Asset Divorce

Our Arlington, TX, team also handles high-asset divorces involving exceptionally valuable estates and complex domestic and foreign property law. 

Prenuptial Agreements


A prenuptial agreement can help engaged couples protect their separate properties, define each of their financial responsibilities, and plan for a safe future in the event of an untimely death. 

Postnuptial Agreement


If you are already married, a postnuptial agreement can help define your financial rights and protect your best interests in the event of an unexpected death or divorce.

Property Division


Property division is often the most difficult aspect of a divorce case. Our team will carefully calculate property acquired before and during the marriage to ensure that the property is distributed in a "just and fair" manner.

Child Custody


Custody is court-allocated parental responsibility. Whether you are in the process of divorcing your spouse, need to modify an existing custody order, or have questions regarding interstate child custody, our team can help achieve a result that protects the best interests of your children. Donna and our team can use mediation and collaborative processes to help clients reach a mutually beneficial custody agreement. 

Custody Modification


Sudden life changes like job relocation, medical concerns, or a new marriage can require changes to your existing child custody agreement. Our skilled team can help you negotiate a modification to your custody agreement and secure a new agreement that is favorable to all parties. 

Child Support


Creating a child support arrangement can be difficult without the support of a family law attorney. A family law attorney can help all types of clients, including single parents in need of child support, non-custodial parents who have been asked to pay, couples who are divorcing and have children, and clients who wish to make modifications to a previous child support order.

Visitation Rights


Like the Texas courts, we believe that children should have the appropriate access to both of their parents. Our team can help you create a visitation schedule that is beneficial to you, your former partner, and above all, your children.

Adoption


The process of adopting a child is by no means simple, and should always involve an attorney. Our team can help you navigate the complexities of many different forms of adoption, including adoption from private agencies, foster care adoption, and international adoption. Whether you wish the final arrangement to be open or closed, our team can assist with the formalities to ensure that you receive full parental rights. 

Paternity Laws


Paternity law pertains to the legal relationship between a father and his biological or adopted children. Paternity lawsuits may involve adoption, child custody, or support. They can involve paternity tests to determine a man's obligations to a certain child.

Grandparent Rights


If you feel that your rights as a grandparent have been breached, our lawyers can explain your rights and help you secure a visitation or custody agreement that serves your grandchild's best interests.

Termination of Parental Rights


If you are facing a voluntary or involuntary termination of your parental rights, you need an attorney to represent you in court during this complex, emotionally taxing matter.

Child Protective Services Litigation


If your family is being investigated by Child Protective Services (CPS), you need to contact us and speak to our lawyers as soon as possible. Our law office can ensure that your rights are protected during this process.

Spousal Support


A divorce can leave you struggling financially. For this reason, you need an attorney on your side who can fight for your rights by securing temporary or permanent spousal support.

Valerie M.

Valerie M.

May 2019

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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Rickey C.

Rickey C.

May 2019

Donna is a great lawyer been a client of the firm for 20 years she all ways get the job done with the best results and a great relationship with you
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Our Lawyers Are Also Trained in Collaborative Law & Mediation

Donna J. Smiedt and our legal team are trained in collaborative law and mediation. With collaborative law, our lawyers make it possible for our clients to achieve fair, effective, and amicable resolutions outside of court. In most cases, collaborative law and mediation results in faster, more cost-effective resolutions, which saves our clients time and money compared to traditional methods of litigation. 

A collaborative approach to family law can also keep disputes at a minimum, promote collaboration between parties, and make it easier to maintain a happy relationship free of resentment or hard feelings in the future. 

Collaborative Law

A Comfortable Law Firm Where Families Can Feel Calm

We know that law offices are not usually home-like or comforting. We wanted our Arlington, TX, law office to feel different

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At The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt, we provide a relaxing, stress-free atmosphere where families can relax during this stressful time. Several of our team members bring their pups (our divorce therapy dogs) to work so that our clients can feel more at ease.

Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

Are you thinking of representing yourself in order to save time and money? It's important to think about how much you have to lose

Our lawyers are specially versed in family matters, and we can easily identify risks of unfavorable outcomes for you or your family. Don't risk a negative outcome. 

Facing a Family Law Issue? Schedule a Consultation with Our Team

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Families throughout Arlington, Fort Worth, and Tarrant County have looked to The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt for over 30 years. Because Donna Smiedt is a Board Certified Family Law Attorney – Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she possesses knowledge and training in the area of family law that many other attorneys can't offer. 

To speak to us about your situation, request a consultation at our Arlington, TX, law office. Contact us online or call us:

(817) 572-9900

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Ruth E.

Ruth E.

May 2019

Donna & her staff are the best. Divorce is always a very emotional time. They were always understanding, supportive, very professional.
If you’re an animal lover & concerned about what happens to your four legged friend in all of this, Donna knows they are family, too.
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Catherine C.

Catherine C.

May 2019

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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What to Expect 

When you request a consultation at our Arlington office, we will get to know you and your case. Based on our conversation, we will advise you on what documentation to bring to your consultation. 

To help as many clients as possible obtain the legal counsel they need, we offer extremely reasonable initial consultation fees

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Family Law Attorney?

Many families in Arlington, Fort Worth, and Tarrant County are hesitant about hiring an attorney because they are worried about legal fees. But our firm can help you feel prepared by clearly explaining your legal fees and payment options during your first consultation. 

If we mutually decide that we are the best attorneys for your case, you will receive a contract. You can sign on as a client immediately or at a later date if you need more time to decide. 

The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt

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 matter. 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

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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