Experience. Knowledgeable. Competent.
Ms. Parker has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1997. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists.
Ms. Parker practices exclusively family law and has been in practice for over 23 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 18 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 type of family law cases, such as high net worth property division and custody matters.
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 rights and duties, common sense, and civility. 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. The discussion about behavior is designed to help the client achieve his or her objectives in court. Ms. Parker's goal is to reduce the stress of family breakup for the client and help the client win their case in court.
In custody cases, the courts will always make a decision for the best interest of the child. Because of the "best interest" standard, the client should consider how their behavior could impact the child and the court's decisions. The courts will expect the parent to attend parenting classes and act in the best interest of their child(ren). In contested custody cases, there may be expectations for the parents and child(ren) to attend counseling. Ms. Parker will guide and advise the client through custody litigation to meet their objectives.
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 advise and guide the client through the process of dividing property. For high net worth estates, the client will be counseled on the issues of tracing, reimbursement, and whether to employ a financial expert to trace their separate estate and reimbursement claims.
Ms. Parker is a well-known and respected attorney in Denton County. With her experience, knowledge, and competence, she will help you navigate the process of divorce or custody quickly and efficiently to achieve your objectives.
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.
Ms. Parker received her law degree from the University of Hawaii. She has Master's degree in Asian Studies also from the University of Hawaii, and a Bachelor's degree in History from California State University, Fullerton.
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 between the two countries.
After graduating from law school, 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 Family Law in Denton County.