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,

Termination of Parental Rights

The term “parental rights” refers to the legal relationship between a parent and a child. In certain cases, another individual or a government agency will seek to terminate the rights of one or both parents. If you are involved in a termination of parental rights case, you need the support of a family lawyer who can help you navigate the complex legal hurdles and protect the best interests of you and your family. The team at the Family Law firm of Donna J. Smiedt in Arlington, TX, helps families in these difficult cases. For help with matters involving the termination of parental rights, schedule a consultation today. You can reach us online or call us at 817-572-9900.

What Does It Mean to Terminate Parental Rights?

When a determination is made to legally terminate parental rights, the parent-child relationship is effectively ended. The process can be voluntary or involuntary:

  • In a voluntary termination of rights case, the parent agrees to sign an affidavit of voluntary relinquishment, or an affidavit of waiver of interest. Both of these documents are effective ways to terminate the rights of a parent.
  • In an involuntary termination of rights case, the parent does not agree to the termination. Involuntary termination may be enacted in cases of abandonment, abuse, neglect, failure to support the child, and a lack of contact with the child.

It is important to remember that in an involuntary case, the court must delve into the specifics, and this can be painful for all parties involved. In some instances, there is long-term incapacity of the parent due to alcohol or drug abuse, and termination of rights is determined to be appropriate. Parental rights will also be terminated when a child is adopted, and can even happen when a child is placed in foster care. Whatever the reason for the termination, Donna nd her team understand the matter is complex and difficult. Our goal is to come to a final resolution that serves the best interests of the child.

Termination of parental rights cases are challenging. Donna J. Smiedt helps to alleviate the toll this issue takes on a family. 

Who Can Seek Termination of Parental Rights?

broken heartAny number of interested persons or governmental agencies can seek termination of parental rights. The possibilities range from a foster parent, potential adoptive parent, concerned family member, or a Department of Family and Protective Services worker. In each case, the court will become involved and enter a final determination regarding whether the rights of the parent should be terminated.

The Importance of Having an Attorney by Your Side

Whether your rights as a parent are being questioned, or you are seeking to have rights terminated, it is critical to have an attorney in your corner. Involuntary termination of rights is done when “clear and convincing evidence” for revocation of rights has been presented to the court. This requires gathering detailed data regarding the parent in question. The court will make its finding based on what is best for the child. This involves considering the past relationship of the parent and child as well as any damaging behavior by the parent. These cases are typically complex and involve many complicated questions of law. An attorney can make sure you are represented fairly and competently, and that the child's best interests are ultimately protected.

Book a Consultation 

Whether you are seeking to have rights terminated, or someone is seeking to have your rights terminated, a family law attorney is here to help. To book a consultation, call our office at 817-572-9900, or contact us online.

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