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Michelle May O'Neil

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Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Dallas, TX

O'Neil Wysocki Family Law
5323 Spring Valley Road, Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75254
Phone: 972-852-8000
Fax: 214-306-7830
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1992
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas: Family Law, Appellate
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Attorney Profile

Years of Experience:

Described by one lawyer as "a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty", Michelle O'Neil exudes genuine compassion for her client's difficulties, yet she can be relentless in pursuit of a client's goals. With 30 years’ experience as a family law litigator, Ms. O’Neil focuses on complex divorce issues, particularly those involving business issues in marital property. One judge said of Ms. O'Neil, "She cannot be out-gunned, out-briefed, or out-lawyered!" 

Family Law Specialist:

As a board-certified family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for more than 30 years, Ms. O’Neil litigates family law matters before the trial court and uniquely appellate matters in the trial courts, courts of appeals and Texas Supreme Court. Lawyers frequently consult with Ms. O'Neil on specialized legal issues requiring particularized attention both at the trial court and appellate levels. She has 150+ appellate matters accredited to her name.

Best Lawyers in America:

Ms. O’Neil has been recognized as one of the top family law attorneys locally, statewide, and nationally. She has been named to the list of the Best Lawyers in America for 7 years, the list of Texas Super Lawyers for 12 years, the Texas Super Lawyer list of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas for 9 years, and one of the best lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine for 5 years.

Author and Speaker:

A noted author, Ms. O'Neil’s third book called What You Need to Know About Divorce in Texas, was released in 2017 and is available on Amazon. She has two prior books, both out of publication: Basics of Texas Divorce Law, published from 2012-2016, and All About Texas Law and Kids, published in 2009 by Texas Lawyer Press.

Law School Professor:

Baylor University School of Law tasked Ms. O’Neil with developing curriculum to incorporate a course on family law advocacy skills as part of the school’s trial advocacy program. She serves as an adjunct faculty member there and assists in developing practical family law trials to use in the school’s programs.

Women’s Leadership and Mentorship:

Ms. O’Neil is passionate about mentoring young women lawyers to be leaders in the legal field. She co-founded the women lawyer’s group #HellonHeels for that purpose which now boasts over 1,300 members. In the Spring of 2021, she received a post-graduate certificate from Harvard School of Law in Women’s Leadership.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Family Law
  • 40%Appellate
Focus Areas

Divorce, Marital Property, Appeals

Selections

12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2022

White Papers

  • How To Find a Good Lawyer When You Need One (2010) - Most people do not have a clue how to find a good lawyer when they need one. In fact, statistics show that 68% of consumers spend two hours or fewer gathering information before selecting a lawyer. The vast majority of consumers report feeling they “can trust” their lawyer is the most important factor in the selection process. Dallas Family Lawyer Michelle May O'Neil reviews the best way to find a good lawyer when you need one. This advice provided by Michelle May O'Neil is particularly useful when searching for a good divorce lawyer or family lawyer in Dallas Texas, including a divorce lawyer that handles child custody or division of business interests in a divorce. Michelle May O'Neil has over 18 years of experience representing men, women, and children related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as "a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty", Ms. O'Neil exudes genuine compassion for her client's difficulties, yet she can be relentless when in pursuit of a client's goals. O'Neil maintains her divorce law firm in Dallas, Texas. You can learn more about her at www.oneilattorneys.com or read her blog at www.dallastxdivorce.com.
  • Winning Your Case Before You Go To Court (2009) - Presentation to the 2009 Advanced Family Law Course regarding pretrial litigation strategies to prevail in a family law case.
  • Dallas Court of Appeals Upholds Right to Jury Trial in Texas (2010) - The Dallas Court of Appeals yesterday GRANTED two writs of habeas corpus filed on behalf of a Dallas family law client in a contempt/enforcement case on temporary orders. In re McCray, __ S.W.3d __, 2010 WL 3895689 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, no pet. history). The Dallas Family Court judge confined the client for alleged violations of several court orders to pay various amounts of money, even after payment was made. The contempt orders failed to run the punishment on each separate count concurrently to all of the other counts, which violated the sacred right to a jury trial. The client's trial lawyer demanded a jury trial and paid the required fee, but the Judge denied him that right.
  • How to Help Clients Deal With Debt in a Texas Divorce (2008) - Increasingly, clients are as concerned about the division of their debt in a Texas divorce as they are the division of their assets. It is not uncommon to have a divorcing couple with much more debts than assets. Especially in the current economy, managing debts has become an all-too-real concern for clients and the family law (divorce) lawyers that represent them. This article will review the law applicable to debts and their division in a Texas divorce and give practical ideas for helping clients address their debt issues.
  • How Do I Get A Texas Divorce (2010) - Although it is highly unlikely anyone enters into a marriage with the thought that divorce will be the inevitable end to the union, the unfortunate reality is that many people will have to endure the pain of divorce. Statistics tell us that about half of all first marriages will end in divorce. However, in Dallas area divorces alone, the divorce rate has been closer to 60 percent for first marriages and climbs to 75 percent for second marriages! A divorce is a lawsuit to dissolve the legal marriage relationship. A divorce encompasses many different issues including the division of property and debts, and what legal rights each parent will have to the children. Keep in mind that a divorce generally only dissolves the legal relationship. Many religions also have requirements about how to dissolve a marriage from a religious standpoint. For those that have reached the point where divorce is the last remaining option, questions are likely more prevalent than answers. This article helps answer the question about How To Get A Texas Divorce.
  • The Basics of Texas Divorce Law - Article summarizing the general requirements of a divorce in Texas.
  • Parenting Over The Miles -- Ten Ways to Bond With Your Child From a Distance (2010) - It is easier than ever before to stay in touch with your child, even from a distance. Learn 10 ways to use technology to communicate and bridge the distance when you cannot be in person.
  • Mandamus After McAllen: Have the Sands Really Shifted (2009) - This article appeared in the June 2009 edition of the State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section Newsletter.
  • Internet Parenting -- Skype Style (2010) - Skype, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, whiteboard, Flickr, e-mail, texting, instant messaging – these are only a few of the ways that people stay in touch via the internet. It seems like the telephone has become old-fashioned and outdated. In long distance parenting relationships, it is easier than ever before to stay involved in the day-to-day activity of the child. Electronic communication gives parents and children a way to creatively structure parenting time when face-to-face meetings will not work. It allows for flexibility in accounting for busy schedules. Using Skype, a long-distance parent can see a child’s condition in real time. Using whiteboard or instant messaging, a parent can help with homework. You Tube, Flickr, and Facebook allow for almost instant exchange of pictures or video of a child’s activities. Teenagers might post frequent short updates as to their activities or feelings via Twitter. Michelle May O'Neil, Board Certified Family Law Specialist with O'Neil Attorneys in Dallas, Texas, explores Texas new electronic parenting law.

About Michelle May O'Neil

First Admitted: 1992, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.oneilattorneys.com/attorneys/michelle-may-oneil/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Maintenance and Alimony: Why Can't I Get No Satisfaction?", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, June 2002
  • "Speak Now or Waive It – Preserving Error for Trial Lawyers", Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2006
  • Co-Author, "All About Texas Law and Kids", Texas Lawyer Press, 2009
  • "Enforcement of Court Orders and Decrees", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, November 2006
  • Lecturer, “Writing the Perfect Country and Western Song: Successful Preparation and Trial of a Texas Temporary Orders Hearing”, Marriage Dissolution Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • "Characterization, Tracing, and Other Property Issues: What Really Is Clear and Convincing Evidence Anyway?", Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 2007
  • Lecturer, "Interesting Appellate Issues", Collin County Bench Bar Conference, May 2009
  • "Writing the Perfect Country and Western Song: Successful Preparation and Trial of a Texas Temporary Orders Hearing", Marriage Dissolution Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, April 2009
  • Lecturer, "Mandamus and More", 9tth Annual Family Law on the Front Lines Conference, University of Texas, June 2009
  • Presentation materials for TAFLS Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, February 2010
  • Author, Today's Dallas Woman Magazine, 2002
  • Same-Sex Custody Issues, SMU Law School Symposium, February 2012
  • "Discovery in Mid-Sized Litigation Under the New Rules: Discovery Strategy for Neither Very Large Nor Very Small Cases", Civil Discovery Under the New Rules, University of Houston Law Foundation, February 1999
  • Author, "Ground Rules: Annulment", Texas' Divorce Magazine, Vol. I, No. 1, Fall 2003
  • "Top Ten Rules for an Effective Voir Dire", Litigation and Trial Tactics, University of Houston Law Foundation, December 1999
  • Author, "Challenges and Rewards of Solo Practice", Texas Lawyer, October 2003, 2003
  • "Representing the Unsympathetic Party", Litigation and Trial Tactics Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, December 2000
  • Author, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, 2004
  • "Enforcement of Court Orders and Decrees", General Practice Institute, University of Houston Law Foundation, April 2001
  • Author, "Do You Know The New Law On AJ Appeals?", Family Law Section Report, Vol. 2007
  • "Protecting Your Client's Case for Appeal (and You From Malpractice)", Advance Civil Litigation Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, April 2004
  • Author, "Family Law Appeals Distinguished", Family Law Section Report, Vol. 2007, 2007
  • "Anatomy of an Appeal", Collin County Paralegal Association, November 2004
  • Author, "I'm not happy with the outcome of my divorce. Can I appeal it?", Divorce Magazine, 2007
  • "Preservation of Error When Offering and Excluding Evidence", How to Offer and Exclude Evidence Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, January 2005
  • Lecturer, "Winning Your Case Before You Go To Trial: Pretrial Dispositive Motions and Procedures", Advanced Family Law Conference, State Bar of Texas, August 2009
  • "Attorney-Client Privilege Communication Issues", 13th Annual Juvenile Law Conference, Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, February 2000
  • Lecturer, Helping Your Client Deal with Debt In Divorce, 8th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines Conference, University of Texas, June 2008
  • Lecturer, We Lost Now What: Perfecting the Appeal, Marriage Dissolution Course, State Bar of Texas, April 2008
  • Lecturer, "Enforcement of Court Orders and Decrees", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, April 2000
  • Lecturer, "Standards of Review in Family Law Appeals," Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, November 2002
  • Lecturer, "When Custody Is At Issue", Pro Bono Family Law Seminar, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2001
  • Lecturer, "Court Orders and Decrees", Family Law Boot Camp 2003, State Bar of Texas, August 2003
  • Presenter, Winning Your Case Without Going To Trial, the Collin County Bar Association, September 2010
  • All About Kids and the Law in Texas, Texas Lawyer Press, 2009
  • The Basics of Texas Divorce, LuLu Press, 2010, second edition 2012
  • Common Law Marriage in Texas Booklet, Self-published
  • Social Study Evaluation Booklet, Self-published
  • "Advice from a Divorce Lawyer: Whether or Not You Are Thinking About Getting a Divorce", Today's Dallas Woman Magazine, January 2002
  • "Family Law Appeals Distinguished", Appellate Advocate, Vol. XV, No. 4, Winter 2003
  • "Alimony/Maintenance Enforcement By Contempt", Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, April 2004
  • "Discovery in Family Law Cases", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, September 1999
  • "Enforcement of Court Orders and Decrees", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, June 2001
  • "Enforcement of Court Orders and Decrees", Family Law Practice Seminar, University of Houston Law Foundation, March 2003
  • "Family Violence", Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas, December 2001

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Sheriff v. Moosa, 05-13-01143-CV pending
  • In re Maasoumi, 339 S.W.3d 787 (Tex. App. Dallas 2011, orig. proceeding)
  • Gainesville Mem. Hosp. v. Tomlinson, 48 S.W.3d 511 (Tex.App. – Ft. Worth 2001, pet. denied)
  • In re M.A.M., 346 S.W.3d 10 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2011, pet. denied)
  • Kee v. Kee, 307 S.W.3d 812 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, pet. denied)
  • Kemble v. Kemble, 2008 WL 921471 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2008, no pet.)
  • Lemley v. Miller, 932 S.W.2d 284 (Tex.App. – Austin 1996, no writ)
  • In re Foreman, 2012 WL 2068964 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2012, orig. proceeding)
  • In re C.F.M., 360 S.W.3d 654 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2012, no pet. h.)
  • In re Dobbins, 247 S.W.3d 394 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2008, orig. proceeding)
  • Jablonski v. Jablonski, 2013 WL 2420646 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2013, no pet. h.)
  • In re Pinkard , 2010 WL 4723770 (Tex. App. – Dallas, 2010, pet. denied)
  • In re Rowe, 182 S.W.3d 424 (Tex.App. – Eastland 2005, orig. proceeding)
  • In re Alvarez-Rivas, 2014 WL 775402 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, 2014, orig. proceeding)
  • In re McCray, 2011 WL 6152191 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2011, orig. proceeding)
  • Harleaux v. Harleaux, 154 S.W.3d 925 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2005, no pet.)
  • In re O'Donnell, 05-14-00404-CV pending
  • Eberstein v. Hunter, 260 S.W.3d 626 (Tex.App.– Dallas 2008, no pet.)
  • Valley Forge Insurance Co. v. Austin, 65 S.W.3d 371 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2002), pet. denied, 105 S.W.3d 609 (Tex. 2003)
  • In re P.L.H. , 324 S.W.3d 114 (Tex. App – Dallas 2010, pet. denied)
  • In re Mantooth, 2008 WL 1867935 (Tex.App. – Fort Worth 2008, orig. proceeding)
  • Dickens v. Willis, 957 S.W.2d 657 (Tex.App. – Austin 1997, no writ)
  • In re McCray, 324 S.W.3d 685 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, orig. proceeding)
  • In re J.L.E., 2012 WL 2343901 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2012, no pet. h.)
  • In re L.M.M., 247 S.W.3d 809 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2008, pet. denied)
  • In re Marriage of Bivins, 393 S.W.3d 893 (Tex. App. – Waco 2012, pet. denied)
  • In re Wedgeworth, 2012 WL 690280 (Tex. App. – Tyler 2012, orig. proceeding)
  • Eberstein v. Eberstein, 2007 WL 416491 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2007, no pet.)
  • In re O'Donnell, 2014 WL 1022111 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2014, orig. proceeding)
  • Ferris v. Ferris, 2010 WL 5158444 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, no pet.)
  • In re Dettmer, 2005 WL 768406 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2005, orig. proceeding)
  • In re C.H., 02-13-00312-CV pending
  • In re Rosbottom, 2009 WL 1058747 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2009, dismissed)
  • Saenz v. The Insurance Company for the State of Pennsylvania, 66 S.W.3d 444 (Tex.App. – Waco 2001, no pet.)
  • In re M.A.M., 05-14-00040-CV pending
  • In re S.C.S., 2008 WL 1973570 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2008, no pet.)
  • In Re Aramark Corp., 38 S.W.3d 291 (Tex.App. – Tyler 2001, orig. proceeding)
  • Collins v. Collins, 345 S.W.3d 644 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2011, no pet.)
  • In re D.L.S. , 2010 WL 1491860 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, no pet. h.)
  • In re Barnett, 2008 WL 820201 (Tex.App. – Fort Worth 2008, no pet.)
  • Moore v. Moore, 383 S.W.3d 190 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2012, pet. denied)
  • In re B.N.L.B., 375 S.W.3d 557 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2012, no pet. h.)
  • Wichman v. Wichman, 2008 WL 425830 (Tex.App.– Fort Worth 2008, no pet.)
  • Shilling v. Gough, 393 S.W.3d 555 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2013, no pet. h.)
  • In re McCray, 2010 WL 3193315 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2010, orig. proceeding)
  • Peck v. Peck, 172 S.W.3d 26 (Tex.App. – Dallas 2005, pet denied)
  • In re Kinney, 2014 WL 1414280 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2014, orig. proceeding)
  • In re M.K.S.-V., 301S.W.3d 460 (Tex. App. – Dallas 2009, pet. denied)
  • In Re Dupree, 118 S.W.3d 911 (Tex.App. – Dallas, 2003, pet. denied)(orig. proceeding)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1997-present
  • Developed law school curriculum for Family Law Trial Skills Bootcamp course for Baylor Law School. Obtained approval for it through the faculty curriculum committee. Began working as an adjunct faculty member of Baylor Law School in January 2021, teaching the course I developed. , 2021
  • United States Supreme Court, 1999
  • Family Law Section, American Bar Association, 1992-present
  • State Bar of Texas, 1992
  • Member, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Appellate section, State Bar of Texas, 1992–present
  • Membership Committee, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2004
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Director, Dallas Bar Association, 2003-2005
  • Member, Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association
  • Resource Guide Committee Chair, Dallas Bar Association, 2004
  • Member, Appellate Law Section, Dallas Bar Association, 1998-present
  • Legislative Committee Chair, Dallas Bar Association, 2003 and 2005
  • Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Collin County Bar Association, Member
  • Collin County Women Lawyers Association
  • Event Chair, Collin County Women Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Family Law Section, Collin County Bar Association
  • Appellate Law Section, Collin County Bar Association
  • CLE Advisory Committee, Family Law Practice Institute, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2002
  • Director, Bell County Young Lawyers Association, 1993 - 1997
  • Bell/Lampasas/Mills Counties Bar Association, 1992 - 1997
  • Member, Bell County Young Lawyers Association, 1992 - 1997
  • President, Bell County Young Lawyers Association, 1995 - 1996
  • Continuing Education Committee, Bell County Young Lawyers Association, 1994 - 1997
  • Director, Bell/Lampasas/Mills Counties Bar Association, 1995 - 1997

Honors/Awards

  • A-V Peer Review Rating, Lexis-Nexis, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directories
  • Superb 10 rating, AVVO.com
  • Texas SuperLawyers, Family Law, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Who's Who in America, Multiple Editions
  • Annette Stewart Inn of Court, 2003 to present
  • Best In Law Blog, LexBlog, November 11, 2009
  • Who's Who in American Law, Multiple Editions
  • Best Lawyer in Park Cities/North Dallas, Living Magazine, 2013
  • Best In Law Blogs, LexBlog,  November 18, 2009

Educational Background

  • Baylor University Hankamer School of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1989

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Co-founded #HellonHeels Women Lawyer's Leadership Group which now has over 1,300 members statewide., 2016

Videos

  • This presentation will discuss the ins and outs of dealing with complex property issues in a Texas Divorce proceeding, particularly for spouses who own a small business. We will address the issues faced by the Court for property division involving a small business. Not only does the divorce attorney have to deal with routine identification and valuation of the marital assets, including the small business, but often the attorney must address operational issues for the business going forward. We will discuss issues such as the effect of the type of entity on the division of property, as well as valuation methods and intangible goodwill. Going further, some spouses operate their small business together during the marriage, each performing essential tasks to the success of the entity. Operating the business after the divorce can present unique problems that require creative solutions. Introduction Session 1: Beginning the Process – how to operate during divorce  Preparation for divorce; things to do before you file; maintaining confidentiality; TROs and Standing Orders; maintaining value; dealing with the spouse/employee; disturbing the peace of the business; when can a business be sued in the divorce; ethical advice; risk of receiverships; discovery issues and trade secrets. Session 2: What is the asset? How does it get divided?  Types of entities; characterization as separate or community property; salary versus distributions; entity theory of assets; division of entities. Session 3: Valuation issues  Valuation methods; asset approach versus income approach; enterprise goodwill versus personal goodwill; discounts; retained earnings; expert testimony; what will the expert need; reading the report; how to pick apart a report; how articles of incorporation and bylaws can affect value. Session 4: Post-divorce Issues – Moving forward Complex issues post-divorce regarding co-owned entities; ongoing operating agreements; securing pay-off judgments; withdrawal of member of entity; ongoing confidentiality issues., Divorcing the Entrepreneur Business Owner, Family Law, Business Law, 2019
  • This presentation is third in a five part series of a webinar that ran on April 23, 2019. We discuss when a nonjury trial is required versus when a jury trial may be requested; what is the burden of proof; how to present evidence to prove contempt; proving the petitioner’s conditions precedent to relief; presumptions that apply; right against self-incrimination; how to prove affirmative defenses; practical tips for avoiding jail time; required warnings to the respondent; when is recovery of attorneys fees mandatory versus discretionary; ethical issues at trial of a contempt case. This webinar is not intended to substitute for legal advice. Watching this webinar cannot create an attorney-client relationship. If you have a legal issue, contact an attorney and get specific advice for your situation. This webinar is intended for EDUCATIONAL use only. , Contempt Litigation III: Proving and defending the contempt case in trial, Family Law, Enforcement Of Court Orders, 2019
  • Special issues with same sex divorce – This presentation will discuss the developments in divorce law as applied to same sex couples since the Obergefell ruling in 2015, including the distinction between ceremonial marriage and informal marriage for same sex couples, retroactivity of relationships prior to Obergefell ruling, premarital agreements, tax-filing status, and ethical considerations in representing same sex couple.  Challenges of non-biological parent standing and custody – definition of a parent, how non-biological emotional parents can maintain a relationship with a child after the relationship breaks down, distinction in standing for marriage versus non marriage relationships, difference between standing to sue and prevailing on relief, Troxel US Supreme Court case and rights of a parent, tips and techniques for winning at trial for non-biological parent.   Addressing prejudice against gay and lesbian issues in courts – how to approach same sex marriage, gay parenting, and transgender issues in unfriendly courts, prejudice versus uneducation, how to educate on terms and issues, getting past the prejudice, presenting your case, tips and techniques for the client.   Recent case law development in same sex family law issues – review of top Texas cases addressing same sex family law issues, discussion of recent cases, analysis of cases upcoming for decision., LGBT Texas Family Law Webinar, Family Law, LGBT, 2019
  • This is part two of a five part webinar series presented in April 2019 as a continuing legal education webinar for Texas lawyers on enforcement of divorce decrees and other family law court orders through contempt of court remedies including jail, fine, and probation. This presentation will discuss how to properly plead contempt as an enforcement remedy in Texas; drafting considerations and how to properly plead violations; requirements of the petition; issues with service of citation and notice of hearing; Constitutional implications of contempt cases; whether to answer a contempt petition; how to plead affirmative defenses; when is discovery available; restrictions on pleading for jail time. The webinar is not intended to substitute for legal advice. Watching this webinar cannot create an attorney-client relationship. If you have a legal issue, contact an attorney and get specific advice for your situation. This webinar is intended for EDUCATIONAL use only., Contempt Litigation II: Contempt enforcement pleadings, affirmative and defensive, Family Law, Enforcement Of Court Orders, 2019
  • This is part one of a five part webinar series presented in April 2019 as a continuing legal education webinar for Texas lawyers on enforcement of divorce decrees and other family law court orders through contempt of court remedies including jail, fine, and probation. This presentation will discuss when contempt is a remedy for enforcement in Texas divorce law; what special issues to look for in the underlying order for enforcement; Slavin concerns; when is contempt not a remedy for enforcement; what is the difference between civil and criminal contempt and why does it matter; what are some other enforcement remedies that do not involve contempt; ethical considerations in choosing between enforcement remedies; ethical considerations in pleading for contempt specifically. This webinar is not intended to substitute for legal advice. Watching this webinar cannot create an attorney-client relationship. If you have a legal issue, contact an attorney and get specific advice for your situation. This webinar is intended for EDUCATIONAL use only. , Contempt Litigation I: contempt as an enforcement remedy for Texas divorce law, Family Law, Enforcement Of Court Orders, 2019

Transactions

  • Premarital agreement for high net worth business owner, 2021

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certification, Harvard Law School, Women's Leadership Program, 2021
  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization 1997, recertified 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017, 1997
  • Mediation Certificate, Texas Women's University, 2003, 2003
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Office Location for Michelle May O'Neil

5323 Spring Valley Road
Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75254

Phone: 972-852-8000

Fax: 214-306-7830

Last Updated: 5/31/2022

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