Cost-Effective Resolution Of Difficult Family Law Matters

Marvel, Karen L.

  • Attorney


San Antonio, TX





Areas of Practice

  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Texas


  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 1987
  • McMurry University, Abilene, Texas
    • B.A. - 1984
    • Major: English (Writing)
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • Acknowledged contributor, O’Connor’s Family Law Handbook 2009; 2010 (Jones-McClure)
  • Essay featured in Women Attorneys Speak Out! by Judi Craig, Ph.D., MCC, (Thomson-West 2008)
  • Creative Ways to Collect & Defend Child Support Claims, 2009 Marriage Dissolution Institute (selected by Pro Bono Project of Texas Bar Family Law Section for distribution in Family Law Essentials)
  • Creative Ways to Collect & Enforce Child Support Claims, 2009 State Bar College Summer School (selected by Texas Bar CLE for rebroadcast as part of “Best of 2009” series)
  • Child Support Enforcement – Medical Support, QDROs & Liens, Oh My!, 41st Advanced Family Law Course, 2015
  • Child Support Workshop (with Frederick Adams, David Farr & Hon. Marilea Lewis), 35th Advanced Family Law Course, 2009
  • Child Support & the Special Needs Child, 2012 State Bar College Summer School
  • Creative Ways to Set Child Support, 2011 State Bar College Summer School
  • Creative Ways to Enforce Child Support Claims, 2010 State Bar College Summer School
  • Judicial & Administrative Remedies for Enforcing Child Support, 2010 Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute
  • Caution! Watch Out for Acronyms on the Interstate Case Highway (with Chris Nickelson), 2010 UT Parent-Child Relationships: Critical Thinking for Critical Issues
  • Show Me the Money – Creative Child Support Remedies, 2009 Corpus Christi Bar Assoc. Family Law Seminar
  • Dividing Assets with Fluctuating Values: Slicing the Pie on a SeeSaw Webcast, panelist, 2009, State Bar of Texas
  • Money Matters (with Steven Sinkin & Ruth Lown), Extreme Family Law Makeover 2009, SA Bar Assoc. Family Law Section
  • Obtaining Child Support (with Barry Brooks) 2009 UT Parent Child Relationships: Critical Thinking for Critical Issues
  • Unique Child Support Remedies Webcast, paper author and panelist, 2009, State Bar of Texas
  • Trial Treasures in Tampa, Trial Brief Author & planning committee, 2009, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute
  • Dealing with Children with Special Needs (with Sally Holt Emerson), 2008 Marriage Dissolution Institute
  • Setting & Collecting Child Support (with Hon. Conrad Moren), 2007 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting
  • Contributing Editor, How to Do Your Own Divorce in Texas, Nolo Press-Occidental, 1993-2001
  • State Bar Pro Bono Law Project Speaker: 9/2005 Eagle Pass; 6/2007 Kerrville; 9/2007 Big Spring, 9/2010, Kingsville; 8/2012 Corpus Christi

Representative Cases

  • Granado v. Meza, 398 S.W.3d 193 (Tex. 2013) [clerical error by Attorney General does not relieve obligor of child support obligation]
  • Holmes v. Williams, 355 S.W.3d 215 (Tex. App. – Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet.) [child support lien 157.323 can be used to establish arrears when court loses jurisdiction under 157.005 to enter cumulative money judgment]
  • Taylor v. Speck, 308 S.W.3d 81 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2010, no pet.) [dormancy not applicable to individual child support payments or to child support judgments]
  • In Re M.C.C., 142 S.W.3d 504 (Tex. 2006) [legislative amendments to statutes apply prospectively; interest rate on child support is rate in effect at time obligation accrued until 1/1/2002, thereafter 6% simple interest on all balances not reduced to money judgment]
  • In the Interest of S.C.S. 48 S.W.3d 831 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2001) pet. denied per curiam, sub. nom. Sprouse v. Sprouse, 92 S.W.3d 502 (Tex. 2002) (with Steven A. Sinkin) [time periods for securing child support judgments are jurisdictional – legislature may extend time for a remedy]
  • In the Interest of D.T., No. 12-05-00420-CV, 2007 WL 4465250 (Tex. App.– Tyler 2007, no pet.) [child support lien reaches community property retirement of new spouse when lien was perfected before divorce and new spouse does not raise evidence of his/her interest)
  • In the Interest of A.D., 73 S.W. 3d 244 (Tex. 2002) (co-author, amicus curiae brief) [time periods for securing writs of withholding in child support are jurisdictional; the order adjudicating the obligation is the judgment; legislature may extend time periods for trial courts to enforce their judgments]

Honors and Awards

  • Named Top 50 Family Attorneys by S.A. Scene Magazine, 2017
  • Texas Super Lawyer (a Thomson Reuters service), 2008 – 2021
  • San Antonio’s Best Lawyers – Family Law, Scene in SA magazine 2005; 2007 – 2018
  • Texas Life Member, Harmony Hills Elementary PTA, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law, Texas, 1987 to 1987
  • Board Certified - Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2008 to Present
  • Family Law Section of San Antonio Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2002 to 2010
  • Family Law Section of San Antonio Bar Association, President, 2007 to 2008
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2009 to Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation - Legislative Review Committee: 2009, 2011; 2013
  • San Antonio Family Lawyer’s Association, Board of Directors, 2011 to 2012
  • San Antonio Family Lawyer’s Association, President, 2013 to 2014
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, 2012 to 2014
  • State Bar of Texas & Family Law Section