Dale O’Neal, Board Certified Family Law Specialist Attorney in Fort Worth Texas has devised a method to divorce with dignity.

Dale acts as a neutral mediator, working with both husband and wife in joint sessions.

This neutral mediator method allows you and your spouse to stay in control of your destiny.

At O’Neal Law Firm in Fort Worth, we believe that if you were able to create an estate, then with a little expert guidance then you can divide your estate. You and your spouse can have direct impact and input into how the estate is divided. You decide which party receives which assets, who pays certain debts, etc.

This process allows your agreement to be confidential, avoiding nasty public court appearances.

After years as being a divorce trial lawyer, I realized that divorce litigation was not the solution. A Judge is not the best person to decide how to divide your estate. You are the best person to divide your estate. You and your spouse.

In this complicated world, I bring my 30 years experience to the table to guide you and your spouse to a fair, workable agreement on all issues in your divorce. Even the most complicated property issues are made easy with my experience.


Together we work as a team. You do not work against each other. You do not have lawyers who battle against each other. Just one neutral, experienced lawyer who acts as a mediator as we jointly resolve your problems and finalize the divorce.

It makes sense to try mediation before you resort to litigation. If mediation fails, you have lost little. If mediation is a success, you have helped your family, saved money, saved time, and saved the trauma of divorce court. A litigated divorce should be a last resort. A typical divorce using two adversarial lawyers may damage family for generations. Litigation depletes the family estate. Divorce mediation saves the estate. The larger the estate, the more advantageous this method.

I have used this divorce neutral expert mediation method to help professional athletes, doctors, business owners, investors, lawyers, politicians, teachers, nurses, ranchers, farmers, and others to obtain a calm divorce. A dignified divorce. A divorce that allows you to part as friends. All walks of life have used my services.

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I have helped people in Fort Worth, Arlington and all of Tarrant County come to agreements in an economical, non confrontational method.

Serving as an impartial divorce mediator, I do not take sides. However, as former lead attorney in thousands of trials, I have the ability to give honest assessments to both sides about the probable outcome if you resort to litigation of your divorce in the Family Courts of Tarrant County.

You will save a small fortune by having me tell you the probable results of divorce litigation, rather than actually going through extensive litigation. Only to have a Judge issue a ruling similar to my prediction.

This is a calm path for a divorce. A win win solution for the divorcing family.

If you reside in Fort Worth, Arlington, Southlake, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Grapevine, Mansfield, Haslet, Hurst or Haltom City then we can help you.

Mediate your divorce before you litigate. Litigation will always be available as a “Plan B.” But the best plan, the best course of action, is to mediate your divorce.


The first step is the filing of a divorce. If you and or your spouse is a resident of Tarrant County, then a Petition for divorce is filed at the Tarrant County Family Courts Building in downtown Fort Worth. My firm can help you with the drafting and filing of the Petition for Divorce.

Once the divorce has been filed, then we schedule several joint sessions for me to work with you and your spouse towards a total agreement.

The first session we discuss the assets. We identify the assets, the approximate value of the assets, any debt associated with any assets (like a mortgage). If one spouse is uncertain about the size or value of the estate, then either party can request that the other party draft and sign a notarized affidavit listing all known property. This affidavit is called an “Inventory and Appraisement” in divorce court.

Then we determine if all the assets are community property, or if any asset is a separate property asset. The usual rule is that any asset acquired during the marriage is community property and may be factored into the division of the marital estate. Any asset that was owned prior to the marriage is usually considered a separate asset. Separate assets are usually not divided, and the owner of a separate asset simply keeps that asset. Other items that are separate property are inherited items or awards received from personal injury settlements. There are specific rules on each of these that I can discuss with you.


After 30 years experience of divorce here in Tarrant County, I have dealt with all the major assets encountered in a divorce. The larger the estate, the better the results achieved using my neutral expert mediation method.

A mediated divorce using just one neutral mediator works well with any major asset, including the following assets:

  • Small Businesses
  • Family Owned Business
  • Ranches
  • Homes / houses
  • Assets depreciated with the IRS
  • Pensions
  • 401K\IRA
  • Investment Accounts
  • Second Homes
  • Real Estate
  • Collections and or collectables
  • Annuities
  • Simplified Employee Pensions
  • Life Insurance Benefits (cash value or otherwise)
  • Royalties
  • Stocks, Bonds, Investments and portfolios
  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Subchapter S Corporations
  • Jointly Owned Property
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Foreign Investments
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Self Directed Retirement Plans
  • Limited Liability Corporations
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Trust Assets
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Assets with IRS Tax Liens
  • Contingent Assets
  • RailRoad Retirement
  • TRS Teacher Retirement Systems
  • American Airlines Retirement Thrift Savings Plans
  • Lockheed Martin Retirement Plans
  • Fort Worth ISD Retirement Plans
  • Texas Health Resources Retirement Plans
  • Arlington ISD Retirement Plans
  • University of Texas at Arlington Retirement Plans
  • City Of Forth Retirement Plans
  • Cook Children’s Health Care System Retirement Plans
  • Alcon Laboratories retirement Plans
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Retirement Plans
  • BNSF Railway Retirement Plans
  • Tarrant County Government Retirement Plans
  • General Motors Retirement Plans
  • GM Financial Retirement Plans
  • JP Morgan Chase Retirement Plans
  • City of Arlington Retirement Plans
  • Federal Government Retirement Plans

And the list goes on…..


Licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas since 1984, and Board Certified by the Texas Board Of Legal Specialization since 1989.

As an Adjunct Professor of Law for Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth, I taught marital property to senior students.

The State Bar of Texas has authorized me to teach other lawyers the divorce process and family law concepts As an approved provider for the State Bar, I help other lawyers meet their annual required Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirements.

I am a co-author and contributor to The State Bar of Texas “Texas Family Law Practice Manual.” This is the book that lawyers and Judges throughout the state us as a reference tool for their divorce practice.

Perhaps my greatest honor is to have represented hundreds of lawyers and their families in courts throughout Texas.

I have been lead attorney on thousand of divorce trials throughout North Texas. So I know the damage caused by divorce litigation.

Once I realized the damage caused by divorce trials and divorce litigation, i began to focus exclusively on mediation and agreed divorce. I have been the presiding mediator for thousands of divorcing couples in Fort Worth, Arlington, and surrounding areas.