Ms. Parker has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1997. She is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law.
Family Law Experience.
Ms. Parker practices exclusively family law in Denton County, Texas, and has been in practice for more than 21 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.
Ms. Parker has experience litigating and mediating highly contested custody cases, property division, military divorces, same-sex divorces, division of military retirement, spousal benefits, and child support. She is a credentialed mediator and a strong advocate of resolving conflicts through mediation or collaboration. 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.
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. Ms. Parker's goal is to reduce stress from a family breakup, help the client navigate the legal system, and achieve the best results for the client.
In our chaotic and increasingly stressed-out society, Ms. Parker believes that it is imperative for parents, spouses, and other family members to make concerted efforts to treat each other with common decency and respect. While it is difficult to avoid reacting to a spouse or family member who may be behave 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.
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, whether it's a large community estate or pots and pans. 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.
For over 15 years, the courts in Denton County have appointed Ms. Parker to represent parents and children in CPS cases. She has also been appointed to mediate CPS cases. Thus, Ms. Parker is very familiar with the policies and practice of CPS cases in Denton County.
Practice is Limited to Denton County, Texas.
With respect to other counties in the DFW Metroplex, 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 the 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. Life is too short to be stressed out traversing the freeways of the DFW Metroplex.
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.
Skipping her college 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 five American graduate students to participate in the first university exchange program between the United States and Vietnam prior to normalization of relations between the two countries.
After returning to the U.S., 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 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 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.
Hobbies and Such
Outside of law practice Ms. Parker spends much of time tending to a menagerie of animals. Her hobbies are reading, gardening, cycling, and yoga.