Ms. Parker has been a licensed attorney in Texas for over 23 years. She is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law and is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists. She is licensed to practice in the United States Federal Courts: Eastern and Northern District of Texas and the Fifth District of the United States Court of Appeals.
Family Law Experience.
Ms. Parker practices exclusively family law in Denton County, Texas. She is a strong litigator and advocate for her client. She believes an attorney owes the client the duty of honesty, straight talk, and transparency.
For 22 years, Ms. Parker has litigated and mediated highly contested divorce and custody cases, including property division, military divorces, same-sex divorces, paternity, division of military retirement, the establishment, enforcement and/or modification of spousal support and child support. She is a credentialed mediator and a strong advocate for resolving conflicts through mediation. She has litigated and mediated Hague Convention (international child abduction) cases in Federal and state courts. She has also been retained as an expert to consult in Hague Convention cases for other attorneys in the Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex. She is hardworking and a highly respected attorney in Denton County. She is regularly appointed by other attorneys to mediate their family law cases.
For over 18 years, the District Courts in Denton County have appointed Ms. Parker to represent parents or children in cases involving Child Protective Services (CPS). She has also been appointed to mediate CPS cases. Thus, Ms. Parker is very familiar with the policies and practice of CPS in Denton County.
In Texas, a spouse is entitled to a divorce if they want one (over the objections of the other spouse) if they meet the residency requirements. Before you can file a divorce in a county of Texas, you must be a resident of Texas for at least 6 months and a domicile of the county for at least 90 days. For additional information about divorce in Texas, please go to the "Practice Areas" tab of this website.
In custody cases, the courts will always make a decision for the best interest of the child. Because the best 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 to attend and complete parenting classes. If the custody case is highly contested, the courts will also expect to hear from the parties about their efforts to take themselves and their child(ren) to counseling. Ms. Parker will guide and help the client meet all the different expectations by the courts so they can win their 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, whether it's dividing a large community estate or dividing pots and pans. For high net worth estates, Ms. Parker will discuss with the client issues of tracing, reimbursement, and whether to employ a financial expert to trace your separate estate and reimbursement claims.
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 should expect a discussion on how to act appropriately with a spouse or another family member and how to act in the best interest of the child. While it is difficult to avoid reacting to a spouse or family member who may be behaving badly, the client should remember that their spouse or other family member is also experiencing stress, and acting out or acting on that stress. Part of the initial consultation will include the following topics: how to manage the other party, how to manage your own expectations, what to expect going through a family law case. Ms. Parker's goals are to help the client navigate the legal system, win the case for the client, and be there for the client.
Practice is Limited to Denton County, Texas.
While Ms. Parker has practiced in Dallas, Collin, and Tarrant 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 are highly compelling, expect Ms. Parker to refer you to attorneys who practice in those counties.
Ms. Parker received her law degree from the University of Hawaii. She has an M.A. in Asian Studies also from the University of 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 first five American graduate students to participate in the first university exchange program in 1991 between the United States and Vietnam prior to normalization of relations. She received her B.A. in History from the California State University, Fullerton.
After passing the bar, Ms. Parker worked at Dallas Legal Hospice, representing indigent clients with terminal illnesses in the areas of public benefits, such as housing discrimination, ADA, FMLA, and estate planning. Seeking litigation experience, Ms. Parker went to work for the Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division. At the OAG, Ms. Parker litigated paternity and 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 by either parking their assets or their bodies in countries that do not have extradition agreements with the United States to escape their child support obligations.
After three years at the OAG, Ms. Parker transitioned 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 family law practice to Denton County.