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. 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 in New Orleans.
Family Law Experience.
Ms. Parker practices exclusively family law in Denton County, Texas, and has been in practice since 1997. 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 divorce and custody cases, property division, military divorces, same-sex divorces, establishment of 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 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 for other attorneys in the Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex. She is hardworking and a highly respected attorney in Denton County.
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 cases 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 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, Ms. Parker will talk to you about 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. The goal are to reduce stress from a family breakup, help the client navigate the legal system, and achieve the best results 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 believes that life is too short to be spent in a car stressed out because of traffic congestion.
Ms. Parker received her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton in History and Art. Cal State University, 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, CSUF 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 in 1991 between the United States and Vietnam prior to normalization of relations.
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 by either parking their assets or their body 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.
The Love of Animals, Hobbies, and Such
Ms. Parker is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, the Denton County Bar Association, and the 14th District Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas.
In addition to practicing law, Ms. Parker's law office has been the site for visiting ducks, coots, geese, cats, and puppies, either of their own volition or escorted by a human. When not practicing law, Ms. Parker spends much of her time being a caregiver to her elderly mother, or tending to 3 dogs, 6 cats, and 4 parakeets. Her hobbies are feeding the various wildlife that visit her office in Lewisville, reading non-law related books, gardening, cycling, and yoga.