Ms. Parker has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1997. She is Board Certified in Family Law.
Family Law Experience
Ms. Parker practices exclusively family law and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She believes that an attorney owes the client the duty of honesty and transparency. A client can expect Ms. Parker to provide the good, the bad, and the ugly about their case.
For over 15 years, the courts in Denton County have appointed Ms. Parker to represent parents and children in CPS cases. Ms. Parker has also been appointed to mediate CPS cases in addition other family law cases, such as high net worth property division and custody matters. Thus, Ms. Parker is familiar with the customary practice of CPS cases in Denton County.
Ms. Parker has experience in military divorces, dealing with military retirement, spousal benefits, and child support. She has litigated and mediated Hague Convention (international child abduction) cases in Federal and state courts. She has also been retained to consult in Hague Convention cases.
Much of the law regarding relationship between spouses and custody of children is about common sense and civility. Thus, when consulting with Ms. Parker, the client can expect a discussion about how to act appropriately with a spouse and how to act in the best interest of the child. Ms. Parker's goal is to reduce the stress of family breakup.
In our chaotic and increasingly stressed-out society, Ms. Parker believes that it is imperative for parents and spouses to make concerted efforts, especially in the midst of a family break up, to treat each other with common decency and general respect. What does this mean? Avoid acting crazy. Avoid making disparaging remarks about and to each other. Avoid committing family violence, such as emotional, physical, or verbal abuse. Avoid creating drama if at all possible.
In custody cases, the courts will always make a decision for the best interest of the child. Because the interest of the child is paramount, the client should consider how their behavior could impact the child and the court's decisions. The courts will expect the parent and/or the child to attend counseling and parenting classes. Ms. Parker will provide you with referrals to the appropriate therapeutic professionals in your case.
In property division cases, the courts will divide the community estate in a just and right manner. This does not mean that the division would be equal or 50/50. The law gives the courts discretion to determine what is just and right. Ms. Parker will guide you through the process of dividing property. For high net worth estates, you will be counseled on the issues of tracing, reimbursement, and whether to employ a financial expert to trace your separate estate and reimbursement claims.
Ms. Parker received her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton in History and Art. Cal State Fullerton was not Ms. Parker's first university; she spent her freshman year at American University in Washington, D.C., majoring in International Studies. Typical of many college students, she changed her major several times, having difficulty deciding between her love for history and a talent in art. Ultimately, after accumulating enough credits in both discipline, the university awarded Ms. Parker with a degree in both.
Immediately after graduation, Ms. Parker relocated to Hawaii to pursue a Master's Degree in Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was a recipient of the Henry Luce Foreign Language Area Study scholarship that partially funded her field study in Hanoi, Vietnam for her M.A. thesis. Ms. Parker was one of the five American graduate students to participate in the first university exchange program between the United States and Vietnam prior to normalization of relations.
To meet the application deadline for law school and while doing field research in Hanoi, Vietnam, Ms. Parker attempted to prepare for the LSAT. After four months of intense language immersion in Vietnamese, and prior to returning to the United States, Ms. Parker had a two-day layover in Bangkok during which time she sat for the LSAT examination.
After returning to the United States, and while completing her Master's Degree, Helene was accepted into law school. She spent the first semester of law school finishing her Master's thesis and graduated with a M.A. in Asian Studies. Three years later, she received her law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at University of Hawaii.
Shortly before graduating from law school, Ms. Parker transferred to SMU law school. After passing the bar, Ms. Parker worked at Dallas Legal Hospice, representing indigent clients who had terminal illnesses in the areas of public benefits, such as housing discrimination, ADA, FMLA, and estate planning. Seeking litigation experience, Ms. Parker then transitioned to the Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division. At the OAG, Ms. Parker litigated paternity, child support enforcement and modification cases. She particularly enjoyed the practice of international child support, pursuing non-custodial parents who sought safe harbors outside United States to escape their child support obligations.
After three years at the OAG, Ms. Parker went into private practice with a law partner and became a shareholder at the law firm of Mosher & Parker in Dallas for nearly six years. The partners limited their practice to family law. In 2007, in an effort to reduce the commute to and from Dallas, Ms. Parker opened her law office in Lewisville. Since then, Ms. Parker has focused her practice to Denton County.
Practice Limited to Denton County
With respect to other counties in the DFW Metroplex, please be advised that while Ms. Parker has practiced in Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin counties (and still has cases in those counties), she is less inclined to take cases outside of Denton County because of traffic congestion and length of commute. Unless the facts of the case is highly compelling, expect Ms. Parker to refer you to attorneys who practice in those counties.