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,

Visitation Rights

In Texas, the courts understand the importance of a child having proper access to both parents. While one parent will typically have full custody of a child, visitation rights allow the non-custodial parent to continue to spend quality time with their child and be involved in their life. Our team at the Family Law firm of Donna J. Smiedt in Arlington, TX, can help you with all aspects of visitation, including understanding your rights, designing a mutually beneficial visitation schedule, modifying your existing order, or fighting for parents who have been denied their rights. To exercise your visitation rights, contact our office online today or call 817-572-9900.

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Establishing or changing visitation is complex. Let our attorneys help you protect your family's best interests.

What Are Visitation Rights?

When parents separate or get divorced, the children spend the majority of the time with one parent. The other parent is allowed to see their kids by exercising visitation rights. Allowing children to continue to spend time with their non-custodial parent helps to foster a strong bond between parent and child and ensures the non-custodial parent maintains access to their children.

How Are Visitation Rights Established?

In most cases, the right to visitation is determined during the course of a divorce proceeding. However, not all parents are married. It is also possible to seek a change in visitation rights after a change in circumstances makes the original visitation arrangement no longer feasible. If visitation rights are not being honored, a request to the court for enforcement of an existing order may become necessary. In each of these circumstances, it is crucial to partner with a family law attorney who knows the intricacies of family law and will look out for the best interests of your child.

Donna can help you in establishing or seeking enforcement of visitation rights. 

How Is a Visitation Schedule Created?

A visitation schedule can be agreed upon by the parents, but might also need to be implemented by the court. If parents are not able to agree on a visitation schedule, the court will intervene and develop one that works best for the child. When considering what type of schedule will best suit your child, the court examines the emotional ties the child has to the parent, the financial ability of the parent to provide for the child, and whether a safe and stable home exists with the non-custodial parent. For example, a visitation schedule may involve:

  • The first, third, and fifth (when applicable) weekend of each month. The weekend begins at 6:00 pm on Friday and runs until 6:00 pm on Sunday.
  • Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • A month over summer break.
  • Every other holiday, such as every other Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fall Break, and Spring Break from school.

This example is general, and if your needs are not met by this type of schedule, the Court will consider other schedules. You may also seek to have an existing schedule modified if the needs of your family change over time. It is also possible to seek enforcement of a schedule if the custodial parent has denied visitation rights to the non-custodial parent. Donna is committed to finding a solution that is mutually beneficial to both parents, because she believes doing so provides the maximum benefit to your child.

Our Firm Is Here for You

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt knows how important it is to spend time with your kids. She can help you in establishing or seeking enforcement of visitation rights. For more information, call our office at 817-572-9900, or contact us online.

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