Kinser & Bates, L.L.P.

Practice Limited to Family Law

Lauren E. Melhart

Lauren E. Melhart

Lauren E. Melhart is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Melhart has extensive experience within the family law field, including several years as a Child Protective Services prosecutor. She has written articles for the State Bar of Texas and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers on a variety family law issues and given speeches to a number of family law related organizations. Ms. Melhart is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a faculty member with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Board Certified – Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Fellow

- Institute for Family Law Associates Committee
- Legislation Committee (2019-present)
- Membership Committee (2019-present)
- Professionalism & Collegiality Committee (2019-present)

National Institute for Trial Advocacy – Faculty

- ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy (2018-present)

  • Building Trial Skills: Dallas (2019)

Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

  • Board member (2019-present)

  • Trial Briefs Committee (2015-present)

  • Membership & Member Services Committee (2016-present)

  • Publications Committee (2016-present)

  • Historical Committee (2016-present)

  • Annual Dinner, Co-Chair (2019)

  • 2021 Trial Institute, Course Director

Texas Family Law Foundation

  • Membership Committee (2016-present)

  • Bill Review Committee (2016-present)

  • Silent Auction Committee (2016-2019)

    • Co-Chair, 2019

State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section

  • Annotated Family Code Committee (2016-present)

The College of the State Bar of Texas

Dallas County Bar Association, Family Law Section

  • Special Events Advisor (2017)

  • Voting Member (2018-2020)

  • Nominating Committee (2018-2020)

Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section

Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association

“Rising Star” 2014-2020, by Thomson Reuters Service printed in Texas Monthly

  • “Up-And-Coming 50 Women,” 2019 & 2020

EDUCATION

BS (Political Science, magna cum laude), Texas Christian University, 2002

BBA (Accounting & Finance, magna cum laude), Texas Christian University, 2002

JD, Baylor University School of Law, 2007

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Presenter: “Assisting with Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals Seminar, December 2, 2020

Presenter: “Standing – Who Gets a Seat at the Table?,” Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, November 13, 2020

Co-Author: “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher: Alternatives to Statutory Child Support Guidelines,” Advanced Family Law 2020, August 2020

Author: “Equal Parenting vs. Best Interest: The 50-50 Debate,” American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Mid-Year Meeting, March 2020

Author/Presenter: “Every Breath You Take (I’ll Be Watching You): CPS & Divorce,” Marriage Dissolution, April 25, 2019

Presenter: “Procedure and Evidence Tips,” State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Pro Bono Seminar – Cleburne, April 5, 2019

Author/Presenter: “Assisting with Child Custody and Visitation Issues,” Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals Seminar, February 14, 2019

Presenter: “Calling Audibles – The Legislative Process and 2019 Update,” Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section Bench Bar Conference, February 8, 2019

Panelist: “Trial of a Custody Case,” Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, January 25, 2019

Presenter: “Expert Assistance – Business Valuation vs. Jenson Claim,” American Society of Appraisers, October 9, 2018

Presenter: “Legislative Update”, Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, September 27, 2018

Presenter: “Understanding Retirement Benefits”, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Pro Bono Seminar – Corpus Christi, May 11, 2018

Trial Participant: Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists 33rd Annual Trial Institute, February 16, 2018

Presenter: “Enforcing the Property Division”, Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, November 2, 2017

Presenter: “Enforcement of the Property Division,” Panelist, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, August 9, 2017

Presenter: “Legislative Update 2017,” Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section, July 12, 2017

Panelist: “Preparing for the Board Certification Exam”, Advanced Family Law 2016, August 2, 2016

Author:  “Pursue and Defend a Child Support Case,” Family Law 101 Course, July 31, 2016

Presenter:  “Family Law Practice”, UNT Dallas College of Law, February 26, 2016

Author:  “Assisting with Child Custody and Visitation Issues,” Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals Seminar, January 2016

Author:  “Drafting the Jury Charge,” Advanced Family Law Drafting, December 11, 2015

Presenter:  “Men: Child Support, Spousal Support, and Fighting for Custody,” Fort Worth Paralegal Association, June 25, 2015

Panelist:  “Taking and Passing the Board Certification Exam,” Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, Spring 2015

Presenter:  “CPS Litigation 101,” CASA of Trinity Valley, 2009