Mansfield Family Law Attorneys
Family law issues and the way they are resolved can permanently change your life.
Our law firm is led by Donna J. Smiedt, a Board Certified Family Law Attorney – Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Family Law Specialist.
She capably and compassionately handles a complex array of family law cases for clients in Mansfield, Dallas, Fort Worth, TX, and beyond.
Allow us to Alleviate Family Law Issues
Family law can be stressful, whether it's a joyous milestone like adoption, a distressing divorce, or a child custody battle. Clients in Mansfield and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area know they can put their trust in attorney Donna J. Smiedt since she is a true specialist in family law. In fact, many judges and lawyers choose us to represent them in their legal affairs. Call (817) 572-9900 or write to us to speak with family law attorneys who can truly advocate on your behalf.
Remarkable Reviews For our Mansfield-Area Law Firm
I was absolutely certain that I would lose my case based on all the odds stacked against me. After consulting with Ms. Smiedt about my case, I immediately knew that I had found the right person. Ms. Smiedt spent an entire hour educating me on the necessary methods and procedures to follow. During the consultation, she was always patient and honest with me. I retained Ms. Smiedt without a second thought.View on Google
Ms. Donna Smiedt is an amazing attorney. She provided me with excellent legal advice and she genuinely cared about my needs. We had an over-the-phone consultation. During our conversation, she gave me specific details that helped me win my case. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs a lawyer.View on Google
Who Is Attorney Smiedt?
Donna moved to the United States from South Africa at age 14. She immediately adapted to our country and graduated from high school just one year later. Her rapid academic achievements continued with her receiving her bachelor's from Southern Methodist University at 19 years old. At a time when many students are still adjusting to college, she enrolled in law school and earned her law degree at just 22. She is deeply proud of this achievement.
Highly Lauded Lawyer
Mrs. Smiedt's high achievements continued once she became a full-fledged attorney. In 2013 Fort Worth Magazine named her a Top Attorney. In 2018, Arlington Today's readership voted her as Best Family Law Attorney. She has also earned an AV rating from the well-known attorney evaluator Martindale-Hubbell. AV is the highest rating they offer, and is bestowed by fellow lawyers who believe she meets elite levels of legal skill and integrity.
Donna is a lawyer who understands the importance of matching her legal knowledge with compassion. Since beginning to practice law in 1986 she has dealt with a vast spectrum of cases and people. This gives her a deep understanding of how to win while alleviating stress. The fact that she has been married for more than two decades also reassures clients. They know that at our law office they are receiving help from a believer in marriage, not a jaded attorney.
How She Became
As a Family Law Specialist
Less than 1% of Texas attorneys have earned board-certified specialization in Family Law. A significant requirement for her specialization is active participation in a certain amount of family legal proceedings, including contested final trials, civil trials, and mediation matters.
Other qualifications include 60 hours of family law continuing education, vetted references from lawyers and judges, and the passage of a 6-hour family law exam. This specialization also requires recertification every 5 years, meaning you can trust that Donna has continued to stay at the top of the family law field.
They Rave About Donna In Mansfield, Fort Worth, & Dallas
Donna represented me with my divorce and child custody case. She was always professional and helpful. I never felt like she was judging me and I appreciated it immensely. Her knowledge of the law and the family court system was very good.View on Google
The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt has been wonderful! They are extremely professional and go above and beyond to get the best deal in the courtroom for you. I highly recommend them to everyone!View on this site
Talk to Our
Law Firm Today
Every member of our team is laser-focused on making sure you and your loved one's rights are protected in the eyes of the law. That being said, we do not sacrifice compassion for the sake of winning advocacy. We strive to create a comfortable atmosphere to help our Mansfield clients through trying times, such as by bringing divorce therapy dogs to our law office.
This is just one of the ways we make our clients feel welcome and at home, allowing them to take their minds off of their issues while we work on solving them. To talk to attorneys who can achieve your goals while reducing your stress, simply reach out to us today.
We Can Help With Virtually Any Family Law Issue
A divorce may be long-brewing or a sudden shock. Regardless, the initiation of a divorce can lead to both overwhelming emotions and legal issues. Our team is trained in collaborative law and mediation, which gives us a better ability to resolve divorces peacefully out of court. Sometimes your ex-partner may make this impossible. Our specialist led-team is confident in taking divorce cases the distance to protect your rights.
We have handled both straightforward divorces and complex, high-asset divorce cases that involve considerable estates, foreign assets, and complex property law. Property division frequently becomes the most fought about aspect in a divorce. Our attorneys know how to accurately evaluate property value and ownership to make sure the division of property is fair to you.
Losing custody of a child is a nightmare that can become real if you are not well-represented legally. This can lead to immeasurable harm to both you and your child. In Texas, judges determine child custody based on what is in the best interest of the child. If we cannot come to a mutually agreed-upon custody arrangement with your ex-partner, it is incredibly important to have attorneys on your side who can demonstrate to a judge that you retaining custody of your child is the right decision.
Custody agreements sometimes need to be changed to better serve both parents and children. We can seek modifications to existing custody arrangements. This can become necessary if one of the child's parents enters a new marriage or relocates for a job. Another reason many in Mansfield come to us is because they never received a fair custody agreement to begin with. If another attorney failed you, we can fight to have your child custody restored.
Child support arrangements should be robust and very clear. Our team is able to deliver on both of these requirements for a variety of clients in need. These include single parents who need child support, non-custodial parents who are forced to pay child support, couples undergoing divorce, and people who are suffering from poorly created existing agreements.
A divorce can lead to sudden and severe financial loss. A partner's missing income can make simple day-to-day life hard to lead. You may be tempted to handle this issue on your own by getting a second job or avenue of income. Instead of making your life harder, you can talk to our attorneys so we can fight for the spousal support you may be entitled to.
We Also Aid
People who seek adoption are often shocked when their act of love is met by a seemingly impossible-to-navigate bureaucracy. Trying to adopt without a family attorney can lead to frustrating delays and further issues down the road. We can help you adopt from biological parents, private agencies, foster care, relatives, and even internationally. Our team can secure your adoption rights now so you can focus on raising your new child.
Some people seek us out to help with family matters that are not contentious at all. Instead, these are mutual financial agreements that both partners want to enter to protect their rights. Prenuptial agreements are created before marriage and allow each partner to protect their existing property, clearly outline financial responsibilities, and plan ahead in the event of a divorce.
Postnuptial agreements are entered into by already married couples. One reason a postnuptial agreement is used is to make sure children from a previous marriage will receive future inheritances. Another is if a formerly working spouse quit their job to focus on raising their children and they would like to secure a certain amount of financial support in the event of a divorce.
Finding Our Law Firm From Mansfield
Our law firm's address is 3216 W Arkansas Ln, Arlington, TX 76016. Here is a simple way to reach our Arlington law office from Mansfield:
- Get on US-287 N from N Walnut Creek Dr - 6 min (2.4 mi)
- Continue on US-287 N to Arlington. Take exit 445 from I-20 E - 7 min (7.5 mi)
- Take Little Rd & W Arkansas Ln to our law office in Dalworthington Gardens - 9 min (3.9 mi)
Mansfield Can Rely On Us
I am very fortunate that Ms. Donna Smiedt is representing me in court. She knows the system and do a great job defending her clients. She truly understand and feel her clients needs. She is ethical, professional, responsible and over all the best lawyer I know. I recommend her in a heart beat to all my friends and my family.View on Google
Divorce is never easy but having Ms. Smiedt and her team representing me during this tough time made it so much easier. Ms. Smiedt is generous with her time and is extremely professional. She guided me through the unfamiliar details with knowledge, patience and kindness. I would recommend Ms. Smiedt and her team to anyone looking for an Attorney. Thanks again!View on Google