Kinser & Bates, L.L.P.

Practice Limited to Family Law

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. As a CPS prosecutor, Ms. Melhart received the award for excellence in serving children from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Trinity Valley. She had 100 percent success rate in jury trials and 100 percent affirmance on all appeals. She also was a felony prosecutor in East Texas with a 100 percent success rate as first chair in jury trials in addition to 100 percent affirmance on all appeals. Ms. Melhart previously taught torts and personal injury law to paralegals at a community college in East Texas.


Board Certified– Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists

  • Trial Briefs Committee (2015-present)
  • Membership & Member Services Committee (2016-present)
  • Publications Committee (2016-present)
  • Historical Committee (2016-present)
  • Texas Family Law Foundation

  • Silent Auction Committee (2016–present)
  • Membership Committee (2016-present)
  • Bill Review Committee (2016-present)
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas

    State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section

  • Annotated Family Code Committee (2016-present)
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section

  • Special Events Advisor (2017)
  • Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section

    Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association

    “Rising Star” 2014 – 2017 (Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters service)


    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


    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