Julie Lystad
13 August 2021 by Turner Thornton
Lead Paralegal Julie Lystad is the lead paralegal at Varghese Summersett Family Law Group. In addition to drafting motions, filing pleadings, maintaining calendars, and performing legal research, Julie also serves as a primary point of contact for clients. Much of Julie’s day is spent with clients or potential clients who are going through a divorce, child custody dispute, or similar emotionally charged family law matter. Patient, compassionate, and knowledgeable, Julie helps clients and potential...
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Laura Richardson
12 August 2021 by Turner Thornton
Associate Attorney Laura Richardson is an Associate at Varghese Summersett Family Law Group, where she is committed to guiding individuals and families through some of life’s greatest challenges. Laura’s experience, compassion, and strong work ethic are the foundation of her success as a top Fort Worth family law attorney. Laura has significant experience handling a wide range of family law matters, including high-asset divorce, contentious child custody disputes, and complex property...
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Stephanie Sabelhaus
12 August 2021 by Turner Thornton
Senior Associate Attorney Stephanie Sabelhaus is a senior associate at Varghese Summersett Family Law Group, where she is dedicated to helping clients through some of the most difficult times in their lives. Stephanie understands that family law matters are personal and unique, and she works tirelessly to ensure that her clients’  best interests are always at the forefront. Stephanie has vast experience handling all aspects of family law, including high-conflict divorce, child custody disputes, and...
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Kristen Carr
11 August 2021 by Turner Thornton
Senior Associate Attorney Kristen Carr is a Senior Associate at Varghese Summersett Family Law Group, where she patiently guides clients through life-altering family matters, including divorce, child custody disputes, property division, and adoptions. Kristen understands that family law involves sensitive, and often complex, issues that can be highly emotional for clients. Her compassion, coupled with years of courtroom experience, makes her an excellent advocate for her clients and their children. Kristen...
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J. Turner Thornton Partner
03 August 2021 by Turner Thornton
Turner Thornton is a highly-regarded Fort Worth family law attorney who leads Varghese Summersett Family Law Group. A skilled negotiator and experienced litigator, Turner has successfully guided hundreds of individuals and families through the most tumultuous time of their lives.  Divorce, child custody disputes, and property division are among the most contentious and complex cases in the legal system. Turner understands the intricacies and complexities involved in family law and works strategically...
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Common Law Marriage in Texas Defined
11 February 2019 by Turner Thornton
Common Law Marriage Most people in Texas know a couple who say something along the lines of, “We’ve lived together for so long, we are considered common law married.” But what exactly does that mean – and are they really considered married in the eyes of the law? In Texas, common law marriage is treated as an actual marriage. Here’s an overview of common law marriage in Texas, including myths, misconceptions, and answers to frequently asked questions. But first, please watch this video by family...
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Grandparent Rights in Texas
08 January 2019 by Turner Thornton
Grandparent Rights in Texas Grandparent rights generally refer to the rights related to visitation and, in some circumstances, custody of a grandchild. A grandparent can sue for custody under some circumstances. It’s important to understand, however, that in Texas grandparents do not have an absolute right to visitation. Generally, a parent has superior rights to decide who has access to their child and when. However, a court can order grandparent visitation if it is in the child’s best...
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