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,

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Premarital Mediation

Creating a prenuptial agreement can be extremely stressful, and could lead to heated arguments between future spouses.

Premarital mediation allows couples to resolve conflicts while drafting a prenup, which can avoid difficulties during marriage and divorce.

Learn why people in Arlington, TX, work with mediators from The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt.

Our law firm serves couples in Arlington, Southlake, Westover Hills, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex

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Premarital mediation can benefit you in a multitude of ways. No one wants to consider the possibility of divorce, but having a carefully considered plan in place that was created in a collaborative environment involving both you and your partner can save you significant grief and money. Consider it an insurance policy that you hopefully never have to use.

At the Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt, our family law attorneys can help you become prepared for virtually any change that occurs in your marriage by addressing matters of child support, child custody, assets, debt, and more. Best of all, a collaborative approach can help to ensure that the prenup reflects the best interests of both you and your partner. Call us today or request a consultation online.

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What Is Premarital Mediation?

Premarital mediation is a way for you and your future partner 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 and a disinterested mediator. This process sets an early, positive standard of communication and collaboration that you can carry with you as you begin your lives together.

The mediator facilitates the conversation. They help you and your future spouse discuss your prenuptial agreement, which includes financial obligations in case of a divorce. The mediation process also allows you and your partner to go over other aspects of the marriage not covered in a prenup that could be a source of disagreement, such as child care and pursuing higher education.

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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. Prenuptial agreement mediation allows couples to express concerns openly and draft a mutually beneficial prenup together.

The Benefits of Premarital Mediation

Productive Discussions With Your Spouse

Without a mediator, you and your partner may have prenup conversations that go in circles. A mediator can keep you both on task, and make sure you talk about pertinent matters that will affect your marriage.

Receive Third-Party Legal Insight

As mediators, we do not take sides. We try to listen to both you and your partner, and find solutions that address the needs of both parties. Premarital mediators can offer a much-needed outside perspective.

Share Premarital Concerns Openly

Premarital mediation can cover topics outside the scope of a prenuptial agreement. If you're concerned about child custody in the event of a divorce, we will give you space to share your thoughts.

Ensure Fairness in the Prenup

Some prenups protect the spouse with more money and assets, putting one spouse at a severe financial disadvantage. Mediators can identify instances of unfairness to avoid hurt feelings and ensure the prenup won't be invalidated.

Compromise to Reach Agreement

Mediators ensure that couples collaborate on the prenuptial agreement and reach consensus on marital disputes. This collaboration doesn't just protect spouses in a divorce but can strengthen their marriage as well.

Start Your Marriage on the Right Foot Contact The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt

No couple wants to start their marriage with feelings of animosity, yet the process of creating a prenup can strain a relationship. That's why The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt offers mediation for couples drafting their prenuptial agreement. Mediators help avoid heated conflicts and strive for compromise and mutually agreeable arrangements.

Attorneys Desaray R. Muma and Donna J. Smiedt have helped mediation clients throughout Arlington, Southlake, and Westover Hills, TX. We take time to mitigate the emotional toll of premarital disputes so you and your future spouse can start your marriage on an amicable note.

For more information about prenuptial agreements and mediation services, contact our law firm online. You can also reach our lawyers by phone.

 

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Attorneys Desaray R. Muma and Donna J. Smiedt have worked with divorce and premarital mediation clients throughout Tarrant County.

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Mediators encourage open communication and the ability to discuss your marital expectations. These legal services can help couples avoid nasty fights during marriage or lengthy court battles during a divorce.

How Premarital Mediation Works

Mediation means both spouses are entering into the agreement willingly and that neither individual is treated unfairly.
Mediation means both spouses are entering into the agreement willingly and that neither individual is treated unfairly.

Sitting Down for Mediation

During a mediation session, you and your future spouse sit down with a mediator from our team. We will foster a welcoming environment so everyone feels comfortable speaking honestly and openly about their concerns.

Topics You Can Review

In most premarital mediation sessions, spouses discuss current and future assets, financial expectations, spousal support (alimony), and tax issues. We can even talk about subjects not included in a prenup, such as child custody and visitation.

A Guided Discussion

We will work through disagreements and any points of contention together. As we reach compromises, we can discuss how these will be reflected in your prenuptial agreement. Your mediator will keep you both on task every session.

Mutually Acceptable Solutions

No matter how many sessions are required, we will make sure couples are able to draft a prenuptial agreement that is mutually beneficial and enforceable. Mediation means both spouses are entering into the agreement willingly and that neither individual is treated unfairly.

How to Suggest Mediation to Your Future Spouse

If you and your spouse can't resolve your pre-marital differences on your own, mediation may sound like a great option. But bringing your spouse on board with the idea can be tricky, especially if they are hesitant to involve another party.

We recommend that you pick a time when both your own and your partner's emotions have cooled. Be open, and emphasize the benefits of working with a mediator. You can also suggest working together to find a mediator so your partner feels more involved with this decision.

Try not to force the issue with your partner. If you need help, you can reach out to our law firm. We can offer additional suggestions that may change your spouse's mind about the helpfulness of mediation services.

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Speak with a Lawyer About Your Prenup Contact The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt

If you're having trouble drafting a prenuptial agreement, it may be time to speak with an attorney about mediation. Many couples benefit when a third party mediates conflicts in order to come to an amicable agreement. Attorneys Desaray R. Muma and Donna J. Smiedt have helped clients throughout Arlington, Southlake, and Westover Hills, TX. They are ready to listen to you. Contact our law firm online or give us a call to learn more.

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Noel Cookman

2020

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"Do you recommend Donna Smiedt?" OF COURSE I DO. She is one of the smartest lawyers I've ever known and she uses all of that intelligence to help her clients, first and foremost. That's what I call Relevant Competence - talent that matters because it is used to help real people with real challenges. She knows how to get people "across the finish line." And, she is highly regarded in the world of law and the courts. That's critical. You can't go wrong by hiring Donna Smiedt.

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Ed McKiernan

2020

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We hired Donna Smiedt to handle a very contentious child custody case in 2010. From the day we signed on to have Donna represent us we have received excellent representation and results. Donna has represented us well and listened to all of our needs and requests. Donna was professional and reassured us that our case would be taken care of. My wife and I can not say enough good things about Donna and her personal attention to a stressful matter. We highly recommend to anyone going through a divorce or considering divorce. You won't find a better family attorney than Donna Smiedt. Ed & Deidre McKiernan. Argyle, TX

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What to Bring to Your First Session

Preparing for your first premarital mediation session helps the process run smoothly. It may even reduce the number of sessions you need to complete your prenuptial agreement.

Our family law attorneys recommend bringing:

  • Pay stubs from the last three to six months
  • Tax returns from the last two years
  • Credit card statements
  • Bank account 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. It's important that you be as honest as possible during mediation and while drafting your prenup. Hiding assets can impact the future validity of your premarital agreement.

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The mediation process can take a few sessions to several weeks, sometimes longer. It really depends on the issues a couple needs to resolve before they can move forward with their prenup. Our family mediation team will help parties negotiate on their own terms and at their own pace. We want everyone to come away with solid footing, good feelings, and sense that their prenup is fair.

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Marriage is a collaboration. Why shouldn't the process of putting protections in place for both partners be the same? Our Arlington attorneys are here to serve as neutral third parties who can help you and your partner approach a delicate process with empathy and understanding. In fact, mediation could potentially bring you and your partner closer together due to the open and honest communication that drives the entire process. It can also significantly reduce the risk of one partner feeling slighted if a time ever comes for the prenup to be enforced

If you and your partner are considering a prenup, you owe it to yourself to explore premarital mediation. Our attorneys have helped many clients start their lives together on the right foot using this approach, and we can do the same for you. To get started, just give us a call:

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Additional Topics to Discuss Before Marriage

Prenuptial mediation allows couples to discuss matters that go beyond property division and financial obligations. The team at our Arlington, TX, family law practice can help you work through different issues that may be contentious, including child custody, visitation rights, and child support. We may even discuss spousal expectations, such as childrearing and higher education.

While these additional matters might not make it to the finished prenup, we can help couples find mutually acceptable compromises that can help get their marriage off to a good start. Again, our focus will be on communication and finding common ground.

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Future Children and
Premarital Mediation

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Some clients come to us saying they have no plans for children. However, it is always best that both parties cover all possible outcomes in the event that your marriage dissolves. Working with a neutral third party to arrange child support and child custody agreements ahead of time can save you significant time, money, and heartache later. Our mediators can help you develop a plan that protects the best interests of children you may have in the future.

An Investment In Your Future

We understand that a prenup can be expensive even without a mediator. However, this added investment can make a divorce far less contentious if your marriage comes to an end. For example, Texas has some very narrow laws regarding spousal support (often known as alimony in other states), with strict requirements that must be met. A prenup drafted in a collaborative way can allow both partners to walk away without having to face a financially uncertain future.

Our Arlington firm offers an affordable consultation in which we will develop a contract with fees included so that you know what to expect before we start mediation. We also offer financing to help you make it more affordable by breaking up the total cost into manageable monthly payments. Investing in a mediated approach to a prenup can save both partners time, money, and strain in years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I still need an attorney to represent me if I choose premarital mediation?

It's a good idea to have an attorney on your side no matter how you and your partner choose to draft a prenup. During mediation, your lawyer can help you submit terms that serve your best interests, and make certain that the terms your partner submits will not infringe upon your ability to thrive if your marriage comes to an end. Having discussions between you, your partner, your respective attorneys, and the mediator as a group can set a tone of trust and cooperation that could benefit your relationship with your partner for years to come.

How is a mediated prenup different from a non-mediated prenup?

The biggest difference is that a mediated prenuptial agreement is drafted with the help of a neutral third party. The mediator works to ensure that both parties' needs and concerns are addressed, and helps guide them toward an agreement that leaves everyone feeling confident and safe about life after the possible dissolution of a marriage. Prenuptial mediation also ensures that the terms are discussed openly with both parties. By contrast, a non-mediated prenup involves one party's attorney drafting an agreement, submitting it to the other party, and continuing this exchange until both parties are satisfied. An important difference between these two methods is that a mediated prenup involves close communication between the parties rather than an impersonal exchange between attorneys focused solely on their client's best interests.

Who finalizes a mediated prenuptial agreement?

Whether your prenup was drafted through mediation or any other method, the terms are finalized by the courts. No matter how the prenup becomes agreed upon by both parties, the final signed document will be submitted to the courts and upheld in a court of law in the event of a divorce.

I have other questions about premarital mediation. Can you help?

Yes. When you schedule a consultation at our Arlington, TX, law firm, we take the time to discuss all your questions and concerns to ensure that you understand what is involved in premarital mediation before we begin the process. We are also available by phone and online for questions or concerns before your scheduled consultation as well as after. 

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Nia Dylan

2022

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I would certainly recommend The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt to anyone seeking family law assistance. Their work ethic and honesty speak for itself. I was absolutely certain that I would lose my case based on all the odds stacked against me. After consulting with Ms. Smiedt about my case, I immediately knew that I had found the right person. Ms. Smiedt spent an entire hour educating me on the necessary methods and procedures to follow. During the consultation, she was always patient and honest with me. I retained Ms. Smiedt without a second thought.

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Tony Hamud

2021

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I have known Donna since 2006 and am beyond grateful to have had her on my side. She is considerate, confident, and truly a loving person. My journey with her has led her to become a genuine friend of mine and I would highly recommend her to anyone! She will listen to your needs and pour her heart into being an advocate for you. She is unlike any other lawyer and will be real with you and take care of business. She excels at what she does and has a passion for winning for all of her clients. She will listen to you and make it her mission to help you throughout your difficult times. Additionally, her staff is very welcoming and helpful. As a person who has gone through two divorces, I would not trust any other lawyer than Donna. Her name, experience, and years in the business tells you all that you need to know.

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The Family Law Firm of Donna J Smiedt is the premier destination for clients who need representation during a divorce, adoption, or other family law matters. Donna J. Smiedt has been in practice since 1986 and is a Board Certified Family Law Attorney – Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Her other professional affiliations include:

  • Texas Bar College
  • Arlington Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

To schedule a consultation at our Arlington, TX, law firm, contact us online or call (817) 572-9900.

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