5.0 stars 21 totalReview Jennifer Goldman
Posted by Melissa
I hired Jen back in 2011 to represent me in a case with Child Protective Services. She exceeded my expectations and helped me reach an agreement I was happy with. I had an especially complicated case and in fact I felt like we were forging new ground in family court. A few years later we terminated the parental rights of my child's father and had my son's name changed and removed the father from the birth certificate. Jen and Kris are so compassionate and truly care about me and my family and that was evident from day one. They always return phone calls and emails in a timely manner (usually within a few hours ). I have recommended them to a few friends. They extended me grace and treated me with dignity and were very professional and competent.
Posted by Amy
Jennifer listened to what I wanted and quickly devised a plan that fit my needs during my divorce. She was swift and responsive, which I really appreciated. I am so glad I worked with her.
Posted by Tracy
Jennifer helped me work through probably the most difficult time in my life. My divorce was a very messy case and I did not give her the easiest circumstances to work with, but she was strategic, straightforward and honest with me without being judgmental. She was patient and thorough, but did not waste my time or my money. She and her team worked tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for me and my children and I felt like she truly cared about the outcome and wanted the best for us.
Anonymous review posted on
I'm a father of three, living in conservative and traditional Collin County. I found out early in the divorce process that most dads accept the "Standard Possession Schedule" and see their kids three weekends a month. Along with that schedule comes "customary child support" which is based on the father's income, (not the needs or expenses of "the child").
Our three children have two parents -- it would be unfair for the kids to constantly miss one parent because the other parent has "primary" residence. It's uncomfortable for one parent to be "waiting on a child support check" and the other parent to be financially drained and not have sufficient cash flow to pay for educational, medical, or the general fun things that all kids need as they grow. I know this, because my parents divorced when I was about ten years old. I recall that neither of parents seemed to have any extra money "because of the divorce".
Jen and Kris helped me not give in to the typical expectation, because I knew that "standard possession" would hurt my kids, irrespective of which parent was "primary". My firm was by my side when I had to prepare and respond to complex and emotional discovery matters. The financials would have been more stressful than I could have managed, without their efforts.
When I needed to talk to them, they answered the phone. I received email responses even in "off hours" - which I especially appreciated. Because when you're going through a divorce - they understand that a person should not have to be stressed or angry, because their lawyer hasn't gotten back to them.
I now have joint custody of our children, with a 50/50 (week on, week off) possession schedule. I pay my children's expenses, because I'm better at managing money than their mom. There is no "child support" and my children never have to hear that term used in either of our households. My children have no "primary parent, or primary residence".
It should be expected that a couple's decision to divorce should not include adding continued stress for their kids. Each parent may move on to other relationships (or not), but our kids only have two actual parents for the rest of their life. Because I do not pay "child support" nor does the children's mother - means that we both have more budget to provide for our kid's needs in the two homes they mutually love.
I am thankful for Jennifer, because she and Kris helped me keep the outcome in mind. At times, I felt like I was up against the wall with "standards" and "customary" expectations that most likely would have been the result of not preparing strategically, and just judge hoping that the judge would make the right decision. Thankfully, we did reached an eventual agreement - although early on I didn't think would ever be possible.
It's easy to walk away from a fight, but when your kids are in the middle - they need a hero, not a coward. Jennifer helped me keep my role as a real dad. And my children will not have less opportunity for greatness because of their parents being divorced.
Anonymous review posted on
Very supportive, knowledgeable and bringing up front all options (good & bad) so you can make the right choice for you and your family without any pressure. She will adjust her pace to yours to make you feel most comfortable during this hectic period in your life.
Posted by Rachel
Jennifer Goldman and Kris Ryan go above and beyond to help with any situation. About a year ago I started to get threats from my daughters biological father. Once the threats got really bad I knew I was going to need some legal help. I was referred to Jennifer from a legal friend of the family. I met with Kris shortly after I contacted Jennifer. I sat with her for almost an hour going over what the threats entailed and what course of action needed to be taken. We decided that the termination of parental right was what was in the best interest for my daughter. So Kris explained in detail what we would need to do to achieve this. The first step was we had to establish child support since the attorney general had been trying to serve the father for the past 5 years with no luck. Kris was awesome with this because she did some research and actually located where the father worked so we were able to get him served. Jennifer attended the child support hearing with me and we were able to set up what he owes. Next was to file a petition for termination, once that was filed with the courts we had to wait 30 day to see if her father was going to answer the petition which he did not. Throughout the waiting process I did have some questions and anytime I emailed Jennifer or Kris directly I would get a response within that day or first thing the next morning. That was awesome to me because I am sure they have plenty of other clients and both of them made me feel very comfortable and at ease when talking with them. While we were waiting for the fathers answer Jennifer stated that since my daughter father is registered with an indian tribe that my case fell under the Indian Child Welfare Act and that we needed to draft a letter to the tribe to make sure that they didn't want to intervene in the case. We got a response from the tribe fairly quickly and they stated that they did not want to take action, so that was excellent for us. I really appreciated the fact that Jennifer and Kris were on top of every possible thing that would need to be done. Jennifer explained to me that we really needed to take that step just incase in the future the father decided he wanted to bring up that we did not go about the case correctly. Now that we contacted the tribe got their response it was just a waiting game to see if the father would respond. The 30 days went by and he never responded so Jennifer and Kris contacted me to let me know when my court date would be. Which was basically for the judge to approve our termination. Jennifer and I went to court for the termination and there was a person from the attorney genera there to ask some question basically due to the fact that we were terminating it needed to be on record that the father would not owe any current support and only back child support. Once the child support representative asked me questions Jennifer asked some questions and the judge ruled in our favor and the termination was complete! I am so thankful for these 2 women. They stayed in contact with me the whole time and made sure I knew every step of the way. Also when the letter to the tribe and the termination letter were drafted they were emailed to me first to make sure I agreed with what was stated. Kris and Jennifer were such an inspiration to me throughout this whole process I decided that this was something that I actually wanted to look into as a career for myself. I then enrolled into a paralegal college and started my first class today so I can be on the road to getting my bachelors of science in legal studies. I will be changing my daughter last name as well and am just saving up the money to do so. As soon as I can I will be contacting Jennifer to get this process going! I definitely recommend Jennifer Goldman to anyone that needs legal help. She is awesome and so is Kris Ryan and they always made sure that whatever we were doing was in the best interest of my child which I believe is very important!
Anonymous review posted on
When our family realized we needed the help of a lawyer, it was one of the hardest days of our lives. We were worried, scared, intimidated, and terrified of our children being hurt by the "system". And then, we made a phone call. 30 minutes later, we felt like we had an advocate in our kids corner. The allegations made against our family were baseless, and turned out to be proven as just that. However, going through the process to prove them baseless was a frightening experience.
Having Jennifer, and her team representing us made all the difference. We went from being terrified of "what if", to anxious to get it over with, so we could move on with our lives. After one phone conversation, we KNEW we had the absolute best people representing our family.
Jennifer and her team were extremely responsive. They helped us get our situation resolved quickly, with very little impact to our family. It was stressful yes - but having them work with us, and FOR our children, made it a much easier situation to deal with.
I jokingly told them I hope to never need their services again. However, I'm extremely thankful to have found them, and know that if we ever need an advocate for our children again, we know exactly who to call.
Anonymous review posted on
During a very hard situation the only time I felt there was any hope was the first time I called the office. From that point forward I felt completely confident that I had someone on my side and that things were going to work out and be okay. We received a better outcome than we had expected and always felt that Jen Goldman and Kris Ryan had our best interest in mind. They went above and beyond to make sure the outcome was better than we could have hoped for. I am lucky to have found her and would highly recommend her to anyone.
Anonymous review posted on
Jennifer and Kris really helped me through a horrible experience involving custody of a child from a previous marriage. They were always there when i needed them and they were understanding of my needs. i couldnt have found a better lawyer to handle the delicate, stressful, and emotional case .
Posted by Mindy
Jennifer Goldman is an outstanding custody and family law attorney. Over the course of 3 years, she worked diligently to resolve issues in a very high conflict custody case involving my son. She stayed calm and resolute, and kept me calm when tensions were high. She is very professional and knowledgeable about the law and how the family law judicial system works. After a long, drawn-out process, she achieved the results I wanted, which were in my son's best interest. I would hire Jennifer again and highly recommend her to anyone wanting a top-notch attorney for both high conflict and cooperative family situations.