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,

Modify Your Child Custody Order with the Help of a Family Law Attorney

When your initial child custody order was drafted, it took into account a range of lifestyle factors and the best interests of your child. However, as time passes, your custody order may not complement your circumstances any longer. Job relocations, medical issues, and changes in marital status are all reasons one parent may seek a child custody modification. Our team at The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt in Arlington, TX, can help you negotiate the modification process. Whether you and your co-parent wish to write a new agreement in mediation or you need representation in court, Donna has the resources to ensure you are treated fairly throughout the modification process. For more information on our custody services, contact our office online or call us at (817) 572-9900

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Life changes, such as relocating to another state, can have significant effects on child custody agreements.

When Can Modifications Occur?

In Texas, there are only a few limited situations which allow for a parent to modify a child custody order. A judge will only alter an order if the change is in the best interests of the child and one of three conditions are met:

  1. The child is 12 years old or older and wishes to change their primary caregiver.
  2. There has been a substantial change in the circumstances of the child or parent since the original order or agreement.
  3. The custodial parent has voluntarily given the child’s care and custody to another. This condition does not apply in cases of military deployment.

Either parent can file a petition to change the order at any time. However, if less than a year has passed since a previous order was issued, the judge will likely require additional conditions be met.

At The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt, Donna and her team of family law attorneys have an advanced understanding of child custody cases.

What Counts as a Substantial Change?

To modify an existing order for children under the age of 12 or those who do not which to change caregivers, you must have a significant reason for requesting the change. In Texas, some common examples of a material and substantial change include:

  • Job changes or relocations
  • Medical conditions
  • Changes in marital status of one or both parents
  • Unemployment
  • Abuse or neglect of the child
  • Substance abuse

If you have concerns about the safety or stability of your child, the court may consider it a sufficient reason to change an existing order as well. However, it is important to have evidence to support your claim. Our team can help evaluate the situation and pursue a quick custody change to protect your child. 

Get the Support You Need

At The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt, Donna and her team of family law attorneys understand the complexities of child custody cases. If you wish to make a change to your agreement, Donna can sit down with you and your co-parent to develop a new custody plan to present to a judge. She can also provide representation in court to ensure the best interests of both you and your child are protected. 

Schedule an Appointment Today

Child custody is a complex and often tense subject, especially if the parents are not on good terms. Our team is prepared to help you with any type of modification. To learn more about our custody services, contact our firm online or call today.

the team at 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 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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