Kris Hayes

Top rated Family Law attorney in Dallas, Texas

Balekian Hayes, PLLC
Kris Hayes
Balekian Hayes, PLLC

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2001

Education: St. Mary's University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

Balekian Hayes, PLLC

4144 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75204 Visit website


Kris Hayes is the owner and managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC, with offices in Dallas and Seven Points, Texas. She works out of the Dallas office assisting people in the surrounding areas with family law matters, such as divorce and separation, child custody and support, custody modifications, and CPS mediation.

An accomplished attorney practicing family law for more than two decades, Ms. Hayes is board-certified in child welfare and family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has previously acquired several years of experience defending cases involving allegations of family violence at the District Attorney’s office. She is recognized by her peers as an aggressive litigator and a skilled mediator who can navigate complex family law matters with ease. Rated “Superb” on Avvo, she has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America publication and selected as a Distinguished Lawyer by the Lawyers of Distinction. 

Obtaining her BBA from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Ms. Hayes earned her law degree in 2000 from St. Mary’s University, where she further gained her master’s in business administration. She has been licensed to practice in the states of Texas, Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma. Her other bar admissions include the:

·       5th Circuit Court of Appeals

·       U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas

·       United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 

·       United States District & Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of Texas

·       United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas 

Maintaining her professional affiliations in the legal circle, Ms. Hayes is an active member of the State Bar of Texas – Family Law Section, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, and the Dallas County Child Protection and Permanency Court. She is also a board member of the Dallas Bar Association’s Family Law Section. She shares her legal knowledge through articles she has written for the Texas Lawyer and various other publications on several family law-related topics.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2001, Texas

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Firm News (Newsletters):
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Wipe Out Kids Cancer 
  • Federal probono action filed on behalf of an elderly woman that ultimately died as a result of injuries she received from her arrest during an event of dementia., 2013
  • EVENTS FOR TDFPS: The firm routinely hosts events for children in the care of CPS to allow them the opportunity to have "relaxation days" at our expense. , 2019
  • Auxiliary Board for Children's Medical Center , 2017
  • Dallas Foster Care Toy Drive: Assist with the collection of gifts for hundreds of children that were placed into the care of TDFPS after November 15 of any given year and were not placed on a Christmas registry. 
Educational Background:
  • St. Mary's University- JD/MBA, 2000
  • Southern Methodist Univeristy - BBA, 1997
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Jury Verdict awarding permanent managing conservatorship to the family of Mother , 2017
  • Jury Verdict terminating parental rights of other parent. , 2016
  • Settlement awarding Father 50% of access to his child. , 2019
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Lawyers of Distinction, 2019
  • Lawyers of Distinction, 2018
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Authored an article for publishing by the State Bar of Texas section report regrading the changing movement of dfivorce due to millennial marriages. , Author, What You Need to Know About Millennial Divorces , State Bar of Texas - Family Section Report , Family Law, 2019
  • Discusses the unique challeneges that face the older generations while going through a divorce. , Author , Top 3 Challenges to Expect During a Gray Divorce, Baby Boomers, Financial, Family Law, 2019
  • Authored an article published by Texas Lawyer and various other publications regarding the changes to child support under the new Legislative updates to the Family Code , Author, Big Changes Coming for Texas Family Code , Texas Lawyer, Family Law, 2018
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Dallas Bar Family Law Board, 2019
  • Missouri State Bar , 2017
  • Oklahoma State Bar, 2016
  • Georgia State Bar, 2015
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Child Welfare, 2020
  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialiazation in Family Law, 2019
  • Credentialed mediator in matters involving CPS, 2018
  • Credentialed Mediator in Basic and Family Law , 2017
  • New addition to the Board in the area of special projects. , Dallas Bar Association- Family Law Section Board Member , Dallas Bar Association, 2020
  • , Elite Lawyer, Elite Lawyer, 2021
  • , Best Law Firms , US News, 2022
  • , Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyer in America, 2022
  • , Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyer in America, 2021

Office location for Kris Hayes

4144 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75204

Phone: 214-699-5769


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

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