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,

Understanding Spousal Support For Texas Divorces

Going through a divorce is an emotional experience. Many of the issues can raise feelings of sadness, anger, and confusion. It is critical to have an experienced attorney by your side so you are not taken advantage of, or receive less than what you deserve. This is true for all aspects of your case, but in the instance of spousal support it is especially beneficial to have skilled legal representation so you are not struggling financially. At The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smeidt in Arlington, TX, we provide compassionate yet aggressive advocacy and fight for your rights. 

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What Is Spousal Support?

In Texas, there are different types of spousal support. Understanding the difference between temporary and permanent support is important:

  • Temporary support: These temporary payments are made by one spouse to the other during the case and before a final decree is entered.
  • Permanent support: This support is paid once the case is over and provides the recipient with the funds needed to maintain the same standard of living during the marriage.

Once the divorce is final, there are certain time limits on spousal support payments. If the marriage lasted between 10 and 20 years, the payments will continue for up to five years. For longer marriages, between 20 and 30 years, the support can last for up to seven years. If a marriage lasted longer than 30 years, the recipient can ask that payments continue for up to 10 years after the divorce is final. There are instances where support can be paid indefinitely and these types of arrangements are settled on a case-by-case basis in court.

Spousal support is intended to provide financial freedom after divorce. Our firm seeks support that is tailored to your specific needs.

How Spousal Support Is Determined

Several factors are considered by the court when entering an order of spousal support, including:

  • Income level of each party
  • Educational and employment history of each party
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • The ages of the parties
  • Whether any health issues are present
  • Whether the recipient is caring for a disabled child, or is disabled themselves
  • The child support order, if applicable

Every case is unique and has special needs. In order to determine an amount of spousal support that fits your case, we examine all of the facts. The court then takes all evidence into consideration and enters a final order.

How a Lawyer Can Help

Having an attorney help with your case ensures that important pieces of information are not overlooked. When you are going through a divorce, your primary focus should be on your future. Having an experienced attorney fight for what you deserve helps alleviate stress and worry, allowing you to focus on your family and responsibilities.

Contact The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smeidt

Let us help you today. Donna J. Smeidt began her legal career in 1986 and is a board certified family law attorney with recognition by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1991. We can be reached online or by calling (817) 572-9900.

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