MIRIAM ACKELS CLAERHOUT

Background

Miriam Ackels Claerhout's practice area is exclusively matrimonial and family law matters, which includes litigating and settling matters involving divorce, complex and creative property division, community and separate property, business and real estate valuations, spousal maintenance and post divorce maintenance, premarital and post-marital agreements, cohabitation agreements, common law marriage, child custody and child support suits, paternity, grandparent and third party custody, enforcement actions and modification suits.

Education
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D. - 1992)
  • Order of Barristers
  • Recipient, A.J. Thomas Award - Most Outstanding Third Year Law Student
  • Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama (BS - 1987)
  • Ursuline Academy (1983)
Organizations & Honors
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section
  • Member, State Bar Family Law Council 2006 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Dallas Bar Association Family Law Board, Chair - 2008
  • Junior League of Dallas - Sustainer Member
  • AV Preeminent Rating in Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
Publications & Speaker

"Preparation for and Direct Examination of Mother Opposing Choice of Managing Conservator," Co-Author with Brian L. Webb, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, New Orleans, LA., February 2 - 6, 1998.

"Handling the Divorce Involving Parent - Child Interstate/International Issues," Co-Author with Brian L. Webb, Marriage Dissolution Instute, Austin, Texas, May 7 - 8, 1998.

"Handling the Divorce Involving Parent - Child Interstate/International Issues," Co-Author with Brian L. Webb, Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon Seminar, Arlington, Texas, April 30, 1999.

"Disqualification of Judges and Lawyers and Recusal of Judges, Including the Visiting Judiciary: Inappropriate Behavior," Co-Author with Brian L. Webb, Marriage Dissolution Instute, San Antonio, Texas, May 12 - 14, 1999.

"Top Ten Interesting Things in Family Law," Speaker, Navarro Bar Association, May 20, 1999.

"The Practice of Law for Fun and Profit," Speaker and Co-Author with Gary Nickelson, John McShane, Lisa Hartman, Susan Vrana and Angie Bain, Advanced Family Law Course, Dallas, Texas, August 16 - 19, 1999.

"Custody Litigation," Speaker and Co-Author with Brian L. Webb, University of Houston Family Law Practice Seminar, Dallas, Texas and Houston, Texas, September 16 -17, 1999 and September 23 - 24, 1999, and Houston, Texas, September 21 - 22, 2000.

"Defending Against Exotic Property Theories," Co-Author with Brian L. Webb and William P. Strout, New Frontiers in Marital Property Law, Coronado, California, October 14 - 15, 1999.

"Relocation: Should I Stay, or Can I go?" Co-Author with Brian L. Webb, Lorna M. Burton, and Dr. Barry Norman, Advanced Family Law Course 2000, San Antonio, Texas, August 21 - 24, 2000.

"Temporary Orders: How to Look Prepared Even If You Met Your Client Yesterday." Co-Author with Brian L. Webb and Lorna M. Burton, Family Law On the Front Lines, Galveston, Texas, April 26 - 27, 2001.

"Grandparents, Where They Stand Now: Troxel, an Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling." Co-Author with Brian L. Webb and Lorna M. Burton, Marriage Dissolution Institute, Corpus Christi, Texas, May 3 - 5, 2001.

"All Those With Standing, Step Forward...Not So Fast Grandma! Post-Troxel Third Party Standing To Bring SAPCRS, and Representing Extended Family and Non-Family Members." Co-Author with Brian L. Webb and Lorna M. Burton, Advanced Family Law Course 2001, San Antonio, Texas, August 6 - 9, 2001.

"Custody Issues and Grandparent Access," Co-Author with Brian L. Webb and Lorna M. Burton, Legal Assistants University, Dallas, Texas, September 5 - 8, 2001.

"Post-Troxel Third Party Standing to Bring SAPCRs, and Representing Extended Family and Non-Family Members," Co-Author with Brian L. Webb and Lorna B. Banister, Texas College of Judicial Studies, Austin, Texas, May 22 - 24, 2002.

"Post-Troxel Third Party Standing to Bring SAPCRs, and Representing Extended Family and Non-Family Members," Speaker and Co-Author with Brian L. Webb, University of Texas Family Law on the Front Lines, Austin, Texas, March 27 - 28, 2003.

"Third Party Standing to Bring SAPCRs," Speaker and Author, University of Texas Family Law on the Front Lines, Galveston, Texas, June 17 - 18, 2004.

"Jurisdictional Jeopardy: HC, UCCJEA, PKPA & other ABC's of Custody," Speaker and Co-Author with Lynn Kamin and K. Nicole Voyles, University of Texas Family Law on the Front Lines, Galveston, Texas, June 22 - 23, 2006.

"The Art of the Prove Up," Speaker and Co-Author with Paralegal, Carrie Thompson, Advanced Family Law Course Boot Camp, San Antonio, Texas, August 13 - 17, 2006.

"The Art of Finalizing the Divorce," Speaker and Co-Author with Paralegal, Carrie Thompson, Texas Advanced Paralegal Semina, Dallas, Texas, October, 2007.

Other Acknowledgements
  • Named one of the "Top 50 Female Lawyers in Texas" by Law & Politics Magazine as appearing in Texas Monthly Super Lawyers 2005.
  • Voted as one of D Magazine's "Best Lawyers Under 40" May 2002 and 2004.
  • Named as a "Texas Rising Star" by Law & Politics Magazine as appearing in Texas Monthly Super Lawyers 2003 and 2004.
  • Named Texas Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine as appearing in Texas Monthly numerous times from 2005-2013.
  • Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association's Family Law Section 2001 - 2004.
  • Secretary of the Dallas Bar Association's Family Law Section 2005.
  • Treasurer of the Dallas Bar Association's Family Law Section 2006.
  • Vice Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Family Law Section 2007.
  • Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's Family Law Section 2008.