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Family Violence

Family Abuse And Custody

Family violence – physical abuse, threats, stalking or child abuse – is a nightmare that affects millions of American families every year, cutting across race and class, age and marital status.

At the Schneider Law Firm, we understand the challenges you’re facing, wanting to hold your family together, trying to find the right way to respond to a difficult situation, while also needing to be safe.

Legal Help With Family Violence

At the Schneider Law Firm we focus on family law  AND criminal law. We can help you find a way to move forward, whether that means getting a protective order against a spouse, protecting a child by seeking supervised visitation, or defending someone falsely charged with abuse during a divorce proceeding.

Call our law office at (817) 755-1852 for immediate help. Talk with an experienced family violence attorney about your problem.

Protecting the Victims of Abuse

If you fear for your safety, or your child’s safety, it’s important to know that you have options. One option is to petition the court for a protective order (sometimes called a restraining order). It’s not difficult to get a temporary order for protection though the process can feel intimidating. A lawyer with our firm can help prepare your documents, will stand by you in court, and will follow with your case, through representing you at a second hearing if you want a permanent restraining order.

Learn more about the process of getting a protective order.

If the victim is a child, we can help you seek a protective order to remove an abusive parent or boyfriend/girlfriend from the home. We can help you bring a case back to the family court judge to modify the existing child custody or visitation order to ask for supervised visitation.

Family Abuse Impacting Custody or Visitation

Our firm has handled a number of cases where charges of family abuse were made in order to influence a pending divorce and/or child custody case. This is a serious miscarriage of justice. We won’t stand by and watch our clients be falsely accused. We fight unjust protective orders and work to ensure our clients’ parental rights are protected.

It’s crucial that you get effective legal counsel as soon as possible. Contact a family violence attorney to schedule a free consultation at 817-755-1852.


  • Great Lawyer in court and out

    Had a tough interstate custody case with my ex. Mike was awesome and made sure my kid end up here with me where he belonged. Highly recommend.


  • E. Jenkins

    In the summer of 2013 I found myself visiting multiple legal firms in the FTW area. I was searching for the perfect person and firm to represent me. I was filing for custody of my very young daughter. When I met Melissa Swan, I knew that my search was over. She immediately had a game plan and made me feel very secure. Anytime I had a question, Priscilla and Jason made sure that it was answered in a timely manner. We spent less than a year, and after it was all said and done, I have primary custody of my daughter. I would say hiring Ms. Swan and Schneider Law Firm was one of the smartest decisions I have ever made.

    E. Jenkins
  • B. Davis

    In 2012 I found myself looking for a lawyer. I found Schneider Law Firm. I went in for my consultation, and then met with Melissa Swan. Melissa is very understanding and handled my case with care.

    B. Davis
  • R. Carson

    My lawyer was Alison Porterfield she was the best thing that could have ever happened to my family during our custody battle. She was so proficient and caring.

    R. Carson
  • A. Hoover

    Absolutely the best law firm around when it comes to Family Law. I first came into contact with Melissa Swan in 2013 and I only wish our paths would have crossed way before. Melissa is outstanding and has been a total lifesaver for my daughter and myself. She, along with Priscilla and Laurie have gone above and beyond. I would highly recommend Melissa Swan.

    A. Hoover
  • K. Whitworth

    Bria Wallace represented me in a family case. I would and have recommended her to many friends who were or have been in the same situation as I was. She is very professional and honest. She helped me get the most precious thing back to me. Thank you Bria.

    K. Whitworth
  • N. Dood

    Melissa Swan was absolutely brilliant at handling a family law appeal judgement for me. Appeals in family court are VERY difficult, but she cared enough to really dig deep and make a bullet-proof appeal case and WINNING! Would highly recommend.

    N. Dood
  • K. Holloway

    Melissa swan did great ! Won our child custody case hands down. Rough start finding right attorneys but finished strong .Also won our child support case too ,in same case.

    K. Holloway
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