Nicole Kuenstle

Associate Attorney

A compassionate advocate for family, juvenile and probate law attorney.

Nicole Kuenstle is an attorney licensed to practice in all Texas courts. Her practice is devoted entirely to family law, juvenile law and probate law matters, both trial and appellate.

Nicole handles all kinds of family cases, including divorce, adoption, grandparent and foster parent interventions, adult and child name changes, CPS cases, modification, enforcement, registration of out-of-state custody and support orders and other interstate matters and protective orders. She also represents juveniles in delinquency matters. Nicole is not afraid to tackle difficult issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. She has also assisted clients in several successful appeals in family and juvenile cases.

In her probate and estate administration law practice, Nicole assists clients with probating the estates of loved ones and in probate alternatives, such as will contests, survivor rights, guardianships and guardianship alternatives. She is also a certified attorney ad litem for Guardianship cases.

Nicole received her law degree (J.D.) in 2007 from South Texas College of Law. While in law school, Nicole was a member of Professor Gerald Treece’s award-winning moot court team. She also served as an intern to the Honorable Richard H. Edelman, retired Justice of the Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Nicole then received a Master of Laws degree (L.L.M.) in 2009 from the University of Houston Law Center. In addition to her two law degrees, Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, with honors, from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Nicole has lived and traveled abroad, visiting 5 different continents in her travels. She is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of several Arabic dialects as well as Portuguese and French.

Nicole is a member of the Family, Juvenile and Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas. She is active in several community organizations and has two sons.

Education:

South Texas College of Law, J.D. (2007)

University of Houston Law Center, L.L.M. (2009)

University of Arkansas, B.A.

Areas of Practice

Family Law

Juvenile Law

Probate Law

Recent Cases

CPS Cases
Court returned child in temporary CPS custody 6 days after suit filed
Convinced court to return children in CPS custody to client with pending criminal charges
Persuaded CPS to reduce custody case to request for parents to participate in services
CPS Reason to Believe finding reversed after appeal, even though CPS initially obtained custody of child
Successful resolution of multiple CPS investigations of drug use, physical abuse, sexual abuse and medical neglect with Ruled Out findings (best possible outcome)
Defended client who tested positive for drugs in CPS investigation – Ruled Out finding
Favorably resolved CPS investigation for client with multiple prior CPS cases — client took a parenting class
Successfully Defended Parents against Grandparent Suit for Custody of Children

Grandparent/Foster Parent/Non-Parent
Out-of-state non-parent with criminal history received custody of newborn
Emergency and temporary grandparent custody to avoid continued CPS involvement
Foster parent adoption over objection from CPS
Convinced court to continue placement of child with foster parent who was seeking to adopt, despite CPS goal of placing child with relative who had an approved home study

Fathers’ Rights
Enforced father’s missed visits, who received 58 makeup days plus attorney’s fees
Overturned child support judgment in excess of $50k – vacated and case dismissed
Protective Order modified for father to allow him to see his children
Supervised visits ordered for mother in Final Order while representing father
Modification to joint custody for father; No child support ordered (2 different cases)
Change of custody for father – obtained custody of his teenage daughter
Father’s request for Extraordinary Relief granted and Mother denied access to Child
Child support terminated and case transferred to non-resident father’s home state

Protective Orders
Protective Order obtained for client against former boyfriend
Successfully enforced Protective Order violations and obtained jail time for perpetrator

Divorce
Spousal support and child support ordered for client in excess of husband’s stated income
Client awarded marital home and above guideline child support

Name Changes
Obtained approval from District Attorney to change name of client with felonies
Multiple successful name changes for adults with felony convictions
Several name changes for children in contested cases over one parent’s objection
Default judgment against non-resident father obtained for mother (child’s name change)

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