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,

Save Time and Money by Avoiding the Courtroom

Divorce does not have to be a lengthy, exhausting process. In many cases, divorce mediation and collaborative divorce can achieve resolution in half the time that traditional litigation requires. Donna Smiedt and her legal team in Arlington, TX, can weigh your options and help determine which avenue is best. To arrange to meet with a divorce mediation lawyer, please call (817) 572-9900 or contact us online.

Alternative Divorce Options

Deciding to end your marriage is a major life change that can seem overwhelming. However, with the advent of alternative proceedings, it can be much more cooperative and positive than traditional litigation. In comparison with a traditional divorce, collaborative divorce and mediation are often faster, easier, and less expensive than resolving your divorce agreement in court. Both mediation and collaborative divorce can help you resolve all aspects of your divorce, including:

In addition, both methods allow you to build a more positive, post-divorce relationship, which can be especially beneficial if you and your spouse have children together. 

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce emphasizes out-of-court resolution for a more civil and straightforward approach. A typical collaborative divorce can take between three to nine months to complete. During this process, each spouse hires a divorce attorney trained in the collaborative law process. The role of the lawyer is to represent the best interests of their client while supporting the collaborative process. 

Our team has the training to help you reach an agreement that protects your best interests as well as those of your children.

You and your spouse, along with your respective attorneys and a neutral mediator, will meet in a neutral location, such as a conference room, to discuss all aspects of your divorce. Our collaborative law attorneys, Donna Smiedt and Desaray Muma, can act either as attorney or mediator during this process. Depending on your needs, a family law attorney can also help you find additional experts to assist with the process. These experts may include:

  • Financial professionals
  • Child specialists 
  • Mental health professionals
  • Additional mediators

During your first meeting, Donna may ask you and your spouse to determine your initial goals regarding separation of property, child custody, and child support. The remaining meetings will determine the resolution of these goals. You can also use these meetings to develop a co-parenting plan. Once a resolution is reached, you and your spouse’s respective attorneys can gather and organize the necessary documents for official submission to a judge. 

mediation vs court

Mediation can offer many benefits over court proceedings.

Divorce Mediation

During mediation, you and your spouse will meet with a neutral third party, called a mediator, to discuss and resolve all the aspects of your divorce. While mediators do not necessarily need to be attorneys, having a Board Certified Family Law Attorney – Texas Board of Legal Specialization like Donna involved in these proceedings may bring you valuable peace of mind. The role of a mediator is to:

  • Help you and your spouse identify and understand what needs to be addressed during your divorce so you can make informed decisions
  • Act as a peacekeeper
  • Recommend solutions and help you reach a mutually acceptable agreement customized to fit your needs 
  • Draft the required paperwork to make your divorce agreement official

Depending on the pace of the process, which is primarily directed by you and your spouse, a mediated divorce can take two to six months. However, your agreement is not legally binding until it has been finalized by a judge. 

Reach a Decision Peacefully

Traditional divorces often become contentious. In contrast, clients often find it easier to exercise patience and respect during mediation and collaborative law sessions. To learn about our alternative divorce services, call our office at (817) 572-9900 or contact us online today. 

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