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,

What You Need to Know About Property Division in Texas

How property gets divided is usually one of the most difficult parts of a divorce case. At the Family Law firm of Donna J. Smiedt, we look at how the property accumulated prior to and during a marriage. It is important to keep in mind that an equitable distribution of property does not always mean equal shares, but rather what is just and fair. To ensure that your divorce is as equitable as possible, call a property division attorney in Arlington, TX, today.

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A lawyer can act as an intermediary and represent your interests during property division. 

What Is Property Division?

Before a final divorce decree can be entered, the court must decide who gets what. To do this, the judge will look at what property and debt the couple has and enter an order for the fair division of that property. To do this, the court has to first determine which items are community property and which belong to only one spouse.

Because Texas is a community property state, the judge will consider all property acquired during the marriage to be owned equally by both spouses. In contrast, any property acquired prior to marriage may be considered separate property and the spouse who brought that piece of property into the marriage should be able to keep it.

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt knows how important it is to come out of a divorce feeling independent. 

However, the classification of community versus separate property may change over time. As a result, coming to a decision on these items can sometimes be a fraught discussion. If you and your spouse are unable to agree on who should take the property, the court will take evidence and make a final decision for you.

What Assets Are Divided during A Divorce?

In order to come up with an accurate property division order, it is important to first list the assets subject to division. These commonly include:

  • Real estate
  • Bank accounts
  • Retirement accounts
  • Investments
  • Personal property, such as a car
  • Antiques and artwork
  • Jewelry
  • Interests in a family-owned business

Once the assets have been identified, the court is then tasked with determining who gets what and which items are separate or community property. Your attorney will argue for a division of property that is fair to you.

Reaching an Agreement Regarding Property Division

You do not necessarily need to rely on the court to split up your property. Couples are always free to negotiate on their own and come up with a proposal for property distribution. However, if an agreement cannot be made, the judge will take over. It is important to keep in mind, though, that what is considered fair by the court may not seem fair to you. 

It is also possible to sell assets and divide the proceeds, to avoid having to determine who gets specific pieces of property and other assets. Additionally, if one spouse has debts that need to be repaid, you may need to make adjustments to how property is awarded.

Where To Turn for Help With Property Division Issues

The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt knows how important it is to come out of a divorce feeling independent. This includes making sure you are awarded enough property to stand on your own and start fresh. We also pride ourselves on providing a relaxed environment so you can focus on the issues in your case. For more information about property division, call our office at 817-572-9900 or contact us online.

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