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,

Begin Your Marriage on the Right Foot

While a prenuptial agreement can help you enter into your marriage with a feeling of security and comfort, it can often cause more stress than not. For many couples, the process of creating a prenup can even strain the relationship. No couple wants to start their marriage with feelings of animosity. This is exactly why our team at The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt offers premarital mediation.

At our Arlington, TX, firm, Donna Smiedt and her team can guide you through every step of the process. A family law attorney will work with you and your spouse to create a fair agreement in a friendly environment. If you are considering drafting a prenup, contact our firm online or call (817) 572-9900 to learn more about premarital mediation today. 

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While a prenup can prevent many economic hardships, a poorly thought-out agreement can do far more harm to your marriage than good. 

The Benefits of Choosing Mediation

Traditional prenuptial agreements are designed to protect the party with more money and assets. Consequently, when you ask a lawyer for a prenup, they will often create a restrictive document, even if it does not reflect your feelings about entering the marriage. Sending an agreement to your future spouse that asks them to put themselves at a severe financial disadvantage can result in hurt feelings and jeopardize the stability of your upcoming marriage.

This process sets a positive standard of communication and collaboration that you can carry with you as you begin your lives together.

With premarital mediation, you and your future partner have the opportunity to openly discuss the particulars of your relationship in a safe, comfortable environment. Instead of dealing with potentially ugly negotiations between competing attorneys, you can work together with your future spouse. This process sets an early, positive standard of communication and collaboration that you can carry with you as you begin your lives together.

How Premarital Mediation Works

Mediation involves one or more sessions during which you and your future partner sit down with a member of our team. During each session, you can discuss:

  • Current and future assets
  • Financial expectations
  • Spousal support
  • Marital property and debt
  • Tax issues
  • Other marital expectations, such as child rearing

The attorney acting as a mediator can guide your discussion and work with you to come up with fair and mutually acceptable solutions. It may take several sessions to finish crafting your premarital agreement

Once you and your partner are satisfied with the results, our team can draft an official version of your agreement. You will need to have a judge approve this agreement. The court will want to ensure that both parties are entering into the agreement willingly and that neither individual is being treated unfairly. 

What to Bring to Your First Session

Preparing for your first premarital mediation session can help the process run more smoothly and even reduce the number of sessions you need to complete your agreement. 

Donna recommends bringing:

  • Your pay stubs from the last three to six months
  • Your tax returns from the last two years
  • Credit card statements
  • Bank statements
  • Summaries of your retirement accounts
  • Information on your investments

Gather any financial documents you believe could be helpful in determining your current and future assets and be as honest as possible when drafting your prenup. Hiding assets can impact the future validity of your agreement.

Plan for Your Future as a Team

While considering the possibility of a divorce before your wedding can be difficult, a prenuptial agreement is the best way to ensure you and your future partner are on the same page. At The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt, Donna recommends premarital mediation for most couples considering a prenup. Find out more about the benefits of this process by contacting our firm online or calling (817) 572-9900 today. 

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