Family Law
Child Support
Child Support Collections
Child Custody

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
  • Texas Super Lawyer (a Thomson Reuters service)
  • San Antonio’s Best Lawyers – Family Law, Scene in SA magazine 2005; 2007 – 2018
  • Texas Life Member, Harmony Hills Elementary PTA

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

What Our Clients Say

Ms. Marvel has assisted me regarding child support issues for the last 3 years. She is very knowledgeable in child support issues in Texas and also across state lines such as California. She came highly recommended to me by a fellow attorney, the highest compliment she can receive in my opinion. She is professional, responsive and gets the job done. Her staff is very helpful, returns calls and Karen and her staff are responsive to issues that arise. I highly recommend Karen Marvel to anyone seeking a family law attorney in Texas.
Karen Marvel is an excellent family lawyer, who presented at a legal conference I attended. I learned valuable information and tools from her that I now use to help my own clients. After the conference, I’ve called on her a few times when I needed her expertise in child support matters, and she was always willing to help. She is extremely well-respected in our legal community, and I highly recommend her services.
I recently hired Megan to represent me in my divorce. She was very easy to work with, responsive, and efficient. I was extremely impressed with her timeliness and was overall very pleased with her work. I would recommend her if looking for a divorce attorney…
I was very pleased with Megan’s performance in court. She has been a blessing in our lives and single handedly changed our lives for the better . It was a very difficult case on my end and was brilliant with negotiations with OAG. I will always be grateful to Megan and wish the best of luck in future cases…
When I needed a lawyer I asked my coworkers for their recommendations. Three of my coworkers recommended Brandon Wong and they were very satisfied with his services. I contacted Brandon and he handled my divorce in a timely and efficient manner…
I have felt so important to Brandon since the day we first met. I had a million questions and worries, Brandon made me feel informed of all possibilities and confident in him.
Meeting you and having your professional and emotional help during the process of my divorce has definitely been invaluable. In the professional aspect, you are not only a brilliant attorney but you are reasonable, just, and fair. During the process of my divorce I found myself completely…
Brandon represented me in a child custody matter. He is professional, educated, informative and provided his services in an economical manner. He worked to obtain a settlement outside of the courtroom. When the case required a visit to court, his experience guided me through smoothly and ultimately delivered the decision in my favor…
Please don’t hesitate to hire Brandon Wong. He genuinely cares about his clients. He protects his clients, he returns calls and e-mails, which is critical when you are in a situation where you need an attorney…
I would recommend Mr. Wong for his professional services. He was very attentive to my case, returning phone calls and emails before the end of every business day…
Brandon handled my divorce in a first class manner. He was always available to talk when I had questions or needed advice. He was a relentless lawyer and ensured that the settlement was fair and just…
I highly recommend Mr. Wong if you are looking for an honest and hardworking attorney who is more interested in properly representing his clients than making a quick dollar…
We received excellent legal help from Brandon Wong. Our family had a custody issue that had us spinning our wheels for a year due to the complexity. Brandon handled our case quickly and with heart. We felt genuinely cared for during the entire process and will continue to recommend him to anyone who needs legal help…
Brandon handled my divorce and made it easier than I could have imagined. He took care of everything, totally minimized the stress on me, and was extremely professional while remaining very approachable and compassionate…
Hired Mr. Wong to represent me on a child-support arrears enforcement case. Dad was ordered to pay child-support in 1991, and up until my daughter turned 18 years of age…
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Accolades & Achievements

Brandon, Karen, Megan Are Proud To Have Achieved The Following Legal Accolades for Exemplary Legal Service.

*Karen Marvel was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2008-2019 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service)

**Karen Marvel is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization