Beth E. Maultsby has dedicated much of her life to helping families by serving as a judge, lawyer and social worker. A partner at the firm since 2005, she practices all aspects of family law including complex property issues and child-related matters. As a skilled problem-solver, Ms. Maultsby guides families through challenging issues such as substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, and child abuse.

Utilizing her extensive experience in working with families, she provides clients with the necessary resources to achieve rational, lasting settlements. Recognizing Beth’s expertise, courts and other attorneys have chosen her to represent children in difficult family law matters. She practices Collaborative Law and often assists parties in successfully mediating their family law disputes.

Prior to joining Goranson Bain, Beth served as the Judge of the 303rd Family District Court and as the Associate Judge of the 301st Family District Court. Before her judicial service, Beth was a partner at the law firm of Gardere & Wynne, L.L.P. where she practiced family law involving complex property matters and child-related issues. Before embarking on her legal career, Beth worked with children in crisis and was recognized as an expert in the field of child abuse.

Beth volunteers her time to organizations that deal with domestic violence in families and children in need. She has authored numerous papers and spoken on numerous family law issues at different public engagements.

 

Areas of Practice

Published Works

  • T3: TRO’s, TO’s, TI’s Associate Judge Conference, July, 2005
  • Setting and Modifying Child Support, Analyzing the Not so Common Child Support Issues, Associate Judge Conference, 2004
  • Squeezing Blood out of the Turnip: Dividing Debt, 27 Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2001
  • The Mentally Incompetent Party, 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2010
  • High Conflict Family Law Matters and Personality Disorders, 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2013
  • Substance Abuse Cases, What Every Attorney Should Know About Drug and Alcohol Testing, 9th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • Preparing Your Client for Social Studies and Psychological Evaluations, 32nd Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • How to Prepare Your Client for a Social Study, Psychological Home Study, 8th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, State Bar of Texas, 2008

Education

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1987
    • J.D., Law
    • Honors: John M. Harlan Society; Phi Delta Phi
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Law Review: St. Mary’s Law Journal, Note and Comment Editor, 1986 – 1987
  • Texas Christian University, 1981
    • M.P.A.
    • Honors: With Honors; Pi Alpha Alpha
  • North Texas State University, 1976
    • B.A., Social Science

Presentations

  • High Conflict Family Law Matters and Personality Disorders, North Texas Families in Transition Practice Group, 2014
  • High Conflict Family Law Matters and Personality Disorders, San Antonio Bar Association Conference, 2014
  • High Conflict Family Law Matters and Personality Disorders, Tarrant County Bar Association Conference, 2013
  • High Conflict Family Law Matters and Personality Disorders, 39th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2013
  • The Mentally Incompetent Party, 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2010
  • Substance Abuse Cases, What Every Attorney Should Know About Drug and Alcohol Testing, 9th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • Preparing Your Client for Social Studies and Psychological Evaluations, 32nd Annual Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • Professionalism in the Family Law Courts & Practice, Dallas Bar Association, 2008
  • How to Prepare Your Client for a Social Study, Psychological Home Study, 8th Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, 2008
  • T3: TRO’s, TO’s, TI’s Associate Judge Conference, 2005
  • Setting and Modifying Child Support, Analyzing the Not so Common Child Support Issues, Associate Judge Conference, 2004
  • Squeezing Blood out of the Turnip: Dividing Debt, 27 Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2001
  • A View From the Bench: Temporary Hearings, 25th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1999
  • Training for Associate Judges – Handling the Big Money Cases, 24th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • Child Support and Visitation, Pro Bono Family Law Training, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Dallas Bar Association, 1998
  • Dealing with the Untrustworthy and Unqualified Expert, Family Law Practice Institute, University of Houston Law Foundation, 1996
  • Putting Power in Your Pen: Effective Drafting Techniques – Family Law (A Practitioner’s Perspective) (A View from the Bench), Annual Meeting of the Legal Assistants Division of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar Convention, 1996
  • Dealing with Untrustworthy Experts: How to Challenge Them; How to Exclude Them, Family Law Practice After the New Legislation, University of Houston Law Foundation, 1996

Honors & Awards

  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Collaborative Law: Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2017
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2007 – 2017
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law Mediation, Woodward and White Press, 2007 – 2017
  • Selected to the “Best Women Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine, 2007 and 2010
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2008 – 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1987

Professional Associations

Client Recommendations

  • “Beth Maultsby is an outstanding attorney with in-depth knowledge of the legal system for any family matter. Her many years of experience allow her to provide practical advice to clients to help them make informed decisions about their lives and those associated with it. She is always willing to make the personal sacrifices necessary to ensure that her client receives pertinent information and personal attention, which is extremely important when making life-changing decisions. I refer anyone I can to her, as I am confident she will provide them with premium service.” – Anonymous
  • “No family legal matter is comfortable, but Beth’s compassion and sincere concern for the well being for my children, knowledge of family law, timeliness and detailed communication during a horrible child custody suit kept my sanity in a made-for-the-movies case. This case had the ex-wife suing for me for custody while sleeping with a lawyer who filed for divorce three days before they sued me. All of this 15 years after we were divorced. The kids answered the door when the constable showed up. For 10 months this drug on and Beth never faltered and was able to ensure both the financial and emotional well being of the kids. We won. No family should have to go through this, but Beth and her team kept it personal and professional, and were always accessible to discuss.”- Anonymous
  • “Beth E. Maultsby represented me in a collaborative divorce proceeding in 2006. Throughout the process, she demonstrated her masterful legal expertise, skillful negotiation techniques, and an exceptionally high level of responsiveness. Most importantly, she cared.” – Karen
  • “Beth’s experience as a judge and as a lawyer was extremely beneficial for my case. She is very responsive and caring, which shows her understanding of the delicate nature of her business. She offers great advice and is very clear in her communications.” – Lisa
  • “When working with Beth Maultsby, her consistent, clear personal communication was over the top with “consistent” being the key word! Beth Maultsby has proven time and again to be at the top of her game in knowledge and expertise when representing me in my divorce. Her unique ability to treat you with dignity while assisting you in understanding the process so your final outcome was “a good decision” exceeded my expectation on every level. She is professional and timely to a “T” on every occasion, as was her staff. I also met with Tom Goranson and he was equal in every area as well. Over the last years, I have referred clients to Beth who have been impressed as well. Beth deals in a very emotional business, in a very emotional city, in a highly regarded high-rent area of Dallas, and does it with professionalism, class, compassion, and skill that I have yet to see in other lawyers in Dallas. I had three of the top firms before I managed to find Beth. They were a total waste of time and money, when Beth did not waste my time or money.” – Stevie
  • “Beth did a fantastic job with my divorce. She gave me practical and realistic advice that helped me make important decisions about the divorce process. I was very impressed with her response time and organization. I felt like I was her only client and I know she is very busy. She is also very approachable and non-judgmental in dealing with difficult subject matter. I would refer her to anyone needing her legal advice. ” – Tiffany
  • “My experience with lawyers prior to meeting Beth was minimal. I didn’t know what to expect or what was expected of me. The minute I met Beth, all my concerns and apprehensions were alleviated. I no longer felt like I was alone dealing with legal issues I didn’t know how to handle. Beth has such a calming way about her while insuring she is doing what is best for her client. She becomes a part of the process with you instead of just handling your case. I cannot thank Beth enough for her guidance and professionalism. Whenever anyone asks me about a great lawyer, without hesitation, I say “Beth Maultsby”.” – Leigh Ann
  • “Quite simply, Beth Maultsby sets exemplary standards for client/customer service. She does an excellent job explaining the applicable law and processes involved in a manner that is easy to understand for someone without a legal background. She is skilled in facilitating decision-making processes and insures that choices and consequences of decision options are clear. In her work with me, Beth’s ability to understand the needs and objectives of those involved, ranging from global intent to specific details, allowed her to articulate and document an agreement that was more than satisfactory to all. Beth is prompt, thorough, and proactive in all aspects of communication. Importantly, I was routinely apprised of her schedule and availability. Although I know that I was one of several clients she was working with, there was never a time that I did not feel I was Beth’s highest priority and only client. I highly recommend her.” – Clay
  • “Beth is knowledgeable, practical, responsive, and reasonable. She has the experience to anticipate issues and knows how to effectively communicate solutions and outcomes. I felt totally at ease with her judgment, wisdom, and counsel in what is a very stressful situation. I have complete confidence in recommending Beth to anyone needing a family law attorney. “John
  • “Words cannot express how appreciative I am of Ms. Maultsby. I had a very dynamic case, being that it was dealing with the geographical restriction issue. It was my desire to move back home to Georgia with our two-year-old son. Ms. Maultsby was very honest and upfront with me throughout the entire process. She advised me of what to expect – good, bad, or indifferent. She listened to my concerns and gave me sound advice legally, as well as personally. Ms. Maultsby and Therese Cone always responded back to me in a timely manner. Although my case took months to resolve, I never felt alone. I always felt like she had my best interest at heart and truly cared about my situation. I felt very confident in her knowledge and experience as a family court lawyer. Ms. Maultsby was truly the wind beneath my wings during this traumatic time in my life! Thanks, Ms. Maultsby – I will never forget you and what you did for my son and me! ” – Schaquana
  • “Beth Maultsby was my attorney for over a year. During that time, Ms. Maultsby demonstrated her ability to analyze my complicated situation from both a strategic and tactical perspective. Her expertise from serving on the bench provided her with first-hand knowledge of the entire court system and critical individuals who could help expedite the process. Ms. Maultsby was always conscious of my immediate and long-term financial situation. Her style of open communication provided the opportunity for us to work as a team and find creative solutions together. My needs were multiple and all consuming due to my emotional, physical, financial, and legal situations. Beth has strong interpersonal and intellectual skills, which gave her the ability to identify and distinguish the different types of needs I had. She was then able to offer solutions and/or options accordingly. When you engage an attorney, you engage a team and a firm. Beth Maultsby has an outstanding paralegal who is knowledgeable, sensitive, and, most of all, responsive. I could not have had a better attorney, team, or firm represent me. ” – Ladelle
  • “Beth Maultsby is both a highly qualified and knowledgeable family law attorney who brings a unique perspective to her cases from her years as a judge on the bench. Equally important, Beth takes the time to gain a clear understanding of what her clients’ objectives are in crafting the resolution of their litigation. Her balanced and practical approach is grounded in common sense, based on a superior knowledge of the law, and founded by a concern for the well being of her clients and their children. ” – Ken
  • “After being disappointed and disillusioned by my previous lawyer, I found a lawyer who not only knew and understood the law, but who showed genuine care and concern for the child who was the center of my custody dispute. Beth Maultsby’s training and experience in social work allowed her to understand the true issues that were presented in my case. Beth was always responsive, timely, and knew how to effectively communicate with me, even on the days when I was distraught. Even with a non-responsive attorney on the other side, she was able to move the matter to a timely conclusion. More than anything else, I knew Beth listened to me, something that is so important when such sensitive matters are being litigated.” – Sharon