"The needs of the client come first." I have built a career around advocating for... more
"The needs of the client come first." I have built a career around advocating for people who need someone in their corner. Divorce does not have to be a battle that consumes a couple's assets and a family's soul. Yet, clients need a strong advocate who will make sure their rights are preserved, their settlements and judgments are enforceable, and their children and assets protected. I pr... view profile
I have been practicing law for over 20 years, primarily in the area of Family Law. I... more
I have been practicing law for over 20 years, primarily in the area of Family Law. I live in the Dallas area and graduated from Plano Senior High School in 1984. I have a wife and two awesome kids. I practice primarily in Collin and Dallas County, but handle many cases in Tarrant and Denton County as well.
Committed to helping clients through difficult life transitions, Mary Louise Phelps’... more
Committed to helping clients through difficult life transitions, Mary Louise Phelps’ practice includes all areas of Family Law, with an emphasis on cases involving substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence and custody issues. Mary Louise has extensive training in alternative dispute resolution and collaborative law, and has co-written on Family Law negotiations for the State Bar of Tex... view profile
I am recently married and my professional name is now Carson Epes Steinbauer. My... more
I am recently married and my professional name is now Carson Epes Steinbauer. My husband and I enjoy being together outside of work, and traveling and spending as much time as we canoutdoors. We are both avid snow skiiers, enjoy hiking and biking (both road and mountain), cooking, reading, and spending time with our families.
If you are getting divorced and have children, part of the divorce agreement will involve determining where and with whom the children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. The custodial parent (the one the child lives with) earns the legal right to make decisions regarding the child's lifestyle, welfare, and education. Some parents opt for joint custody, which means children divide their time between both parents' homes, and parents share the right to make decisions on behalf of the children. If you as parents are unable to agree on child custody, a judge will decide for you.