I’m Karen Marvel, an experienced San Antonio Attorney with a unique passion for child support enforcement that has fueled my career. In my first position after law school I worked for the late Oliver S. Heard and for Richard Orsinger.
There I handled divorce and enforcement actions for people from all walks of life. “The training I received from Richard Orsinger and Oliver Heard not only made me a better San Antonio Lawyer but taught me the importance of giving back to the legal community.”
After a stint in solo lawyer I joined Bexar County’s Child Support Enforcement Office in 1994 as a staff attorney, handling cases for parents owed child support for their young children . In my last year with Bexar County, my office became a contractor with the Office of the Attorney General. As a result, I trained in all aspects of the state’s child support collection practice, from intake to financial calculations. In 1997 I moved to a private law firm and concentrated my practice on child support enforcement.
The firm became Sinkin & Marvel Lawyers and during my 15 year tenure, we established a statewide reputation for aggressive child support collection. “A lawyer I used to work for said, ‘the passage of time does not vest the right to not pay child support arrears.’ I have adopted that message to help people whose children are in their 20s, 30s and even their 40s collect the child support owed to them.”
In 2012, I became Of Counsel to the Law Office of Arthur G. Augustine, a family law practice. I continue to practice statewide in child support enforcement as the director of Texas Child Support Resources. My practice specializes in the difficult cases, such as interstate enforcement and self-employed obligors. “The law has changed tremendously in the last 20 years to emphasize parental responsibility.
The Legislature provides many tools to collect child support. However, many times the cases come down to the same thing – analyzing assets for potential sources of support, tracking down employers and finding hidden money. That’s what we specialize in.” I welcome referrals and will work with local counsel in various capacities.
I am a San Antonio native that graduated from McMurry University (Abilene) in 1984 and Texas Tech University School of Law in 1987. While at Texas Tech, I was selected for the Board of Barristers and named Outstanding Editing Director of the Legal Research Board. I hold numerous leadership positions in the Family Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association, including President and Founder/Course Director of the “Extreme Family Law Makeover” CLE event. I served on the committee for revising the Family Law Section’s Ultimate Check Lists publication. I speak and write for local and statewide CLE seminars.
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