Family Law

Our family law team has earned a reputation as aggressive, trusted, and respected attorneys. Opposing parties and counsel take notice when Dunnam & Dunnam lawyers are hired in a family law matter. Three lawyers at the firm are board-certified in family law. If you need a family law attorney in Waco, Texas, or Central Texas, Dunnam & Dunnam and its attorneys can help. Please call one of our family law attorneys at 254-753-6437 to discuss your matter.

Family Lawyers in Waco Since 1925

We are a family-owned law firm that values personalized care and takes the time to build trust so that we can better serve you. We know how important family is to our clients. There is no case too big or small for us to handle. We have a diverse team of family law attorneys. With 95 years of experience, we have done it all. We believe that family is the most powerful unit on earth. Our family has helped Waco families for generations. Let us help yours too.

Family law matters involve the worst distress that our clients have ever felt in their lives. We understand that you need someone fiercely on your side while you are parting from someone you used to trust. The anxiety about your relationship with your minor children is a heartbreaking struggle. You are probably afraid of losing half of everything that you own. We will work with you to get the best possible outcome. As a dedicated Waco family law practice, we establish close-knit working relationships with our clients, resulting in healthy and robust representation with compassion, empathy, and understanding.

Family Law Attorneys & Counselors in Waco

Our family law practice in Waco emphasizes comprehensive, compassionate, and cutting-edge service. The superb trial advocacy that our Waco family law attorneys pursue is noted by judges, juries, and opposing parties. It is essential to get the best lawyers in a family law matter because the choices you make now will affect you for the rest of your life. If you have children, their lives are going to change. We serve family law clients to reduce conflict, reach sound financial arrangements, and concentrate on their children’s long-term well-being.

Divorce and other family law problems are filled with pressure, but even divorce does not need to be emotionally devastating. Our attorneys help individuals steer intricate and sensitive matters, always working to minimize stress and strain on our clients.

Litigation, Mediation, or Collaborative Law

In some particular circumstances, mediation or collaborative law may be the right answer to resolving everyone’s advantage. In other situations, we must litigate and go to court. With our experience in all three processes, we can help clients figure out what is right for their family.

Because we have been the go-to lawyers for Waco Texas family law since 1925, we have seen it all. But we still understand that your situation is unique and demands personalized attention from an attorney who cares about the result.

Family Law concerns the legal rights and duties governing relationships between spouses, parents and children, other relatives, and domestic partners.

Our family law practice includes:

Reviews from Dunnam & Dunnam Family Law Clients

“Prior to hiring Dunnam and Dunnam, I met with several attorneys to get a feel of how they operated, their experience, and how they treated their clients. In the end, Merrilee Harmon and Dunnam & Dunnam was the best fit for me and my situation. The organization as a whole has a legacy of serving Central Texas in a variety of capacities, they are highly educated and continue to pursue knowledge to refine skills, and they treated me with the utmost respect and with my best interest at the forefront. Even now, several years removed of their services, I still refer to Dunnam & Dunnam for advice and guidance as needed. They were truly my voice when I felt I had none and their respect of my situation has empowered me since.”


“Attorney Merrilee Harmon has helped me, and unfortunately is still helping me, through a very difficult divorce. She is effective, intelligent, and honest. She knows family law very well and has a proven record of success. She is patient, and is very good at keeping my emotions in check. If you are in need of a expert family lawyer to represent you, Merrilee Harmon is the best in the business.”


“In 2003, I found myself on the brink of divorce after 9 years of marriage. Lost without a clue, I called numerous attorneys and thankfully found Merrilee Harmon. As a man fighting for custody of his two daughters, Merrilee sat me down and walked me through the entire process. After two days in court, I am happy to say I received everything I was asking for. Merrilee Harmon is an amazing attorney and I recommend her to everybody! I owe her a lifetime of gratitude for giving me my girls!”


“I have known Jim Dunnam for 30 years, back in the day when it was unheard of for the man to get custody of the kids during a divorce Jim fought for me and got custody of both my children for me, if you are lucky enough to have Jim as your attorney then you have the piece of mind knowing he will fight for your case till the very end, a stand up guy who tells you straight up front what your facing and what he can do for you, I highly recommend Jim Dunnam to anyone who is in need of an attorney for any circumstance.”
-Greg Key
“Brittany Cleere did an excellent job representing me and I would highly recommend her to anybody who needs a family law attorney!”
-Michael Majors
“I recently used Dunnam and Dunnam for a family case. I was pursuing custody of my son. Brittany Cleere helped me navigate and successfully gain custody of my son. She was amazing and helpful through out the entire mentally taxing experience. I’ve recommended and will continue to recommend the law firm of Dunnam and Dunnam for all legal matters but I will especially recommend Brittany for being such a kind fantastic person. I finally have peace of mind and I owe it all to her diligent efforts.”
-Travis Dwayne
“Brittany Cleere is amazing. Ms. Cleere represented our friend, Raevyn Owens. We were worried about Raevyn getting some good help as she is a single mom with three daughters. Ms. Cleere did a great job walking Raevyn through the appropriate steps to obtain a divorce. Ms. Cleere offered great advice and steered Raevyn through various issues with the Office of the Attorney General and child custody matters. Raevyn is well on her way to a positive and productive future. We are so grateful to Ms. Cleere for helping Raevyn through this difficult journey.”
-Veronica McDonough

Hire a Board Certified Family Law Attorney

Board certified lawyers must have significant experience, before even taking a specialized test to show their expertise in the practice area. Only 900 of the more than 100,000 Texas attorneys are board certified in Family Law. Three of those attorneys are at Dunnam & Dunnam. These lawyers engage and have been certified as specialists by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the practice of Family Law.

Jim Dunnam Waco Attorney at Dunnam & Dunnam

Jim Dunnam

Jim Dunnam is a Board Certified Specialist in both Civil Trial Law and Family Law.

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Merrilee Harmon Waco Lawyer at Dunnam & Dunnam

Merrilee L. Harmon

Merrilee L. Harmon is a Family Law specialist, Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1985.

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Vance Dunnam Waco Attorney at Dunnam & Dunnam

Vance Dunnam

Vance has 60 years of experience as a lawyer in Waco, Texas handling all types of cases in both the office and the courtroom.

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Top Family Law Attorneys in Waco

These lawyers also regularly practice family law in McLennan County and surrounding counties in the Central Texas area.

Carolina Truesdale

Carolina G. Truesdale graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law, Cum Laude.

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Eleeza Johnson Attorney at Law Dunnam & Dunam

Eleeza Johnson

Eleeza's practice areas include: Personal Injury Law, Civil Trial Law, Commercial Law, Family Law and Pharmaceutical Law.

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Gerald R. Villarrial

Gerald R. Villarrial has practiced family law, criminal law and civil litigation for over 20 years.

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Mason Dunnam

Mason Dunnam is the fourth generation of Dunnam attorneys at the firm since 1925

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How To Hire A Waco Family Law Attorney

You contact us
Contact us by phone, email or using our contact form. One of our helpful legal assistants will ask a few questions and schedule a meeting with one of our experienced and trusted lawyers. Please note that no attorney-client relationship is formed by this initial contact.

Free consultation
We will discuss your legal issues with you for free to determine how we can help you. Even though no attorney-client relationship is formed at this stage, everything we talk about is confidential (meaning we promise not to tell anyone) and privileged (meaning we cannot be forced to tell anyone about it).

Follow up
After our first talk we will follow up with you about our proposal on how we can help you.

We will give you a short written agreement that details the charges in your case. Depending on the type of case, it can be a one time flat fee, or a retainer with an affordable hourly rate. At this point, an attorney-client relationship is formed.

We represent you
We will be your advocate, working to successfully resolve the matter for you.

Dunnam & Dunnam family lawyers have the experience, results, and service to get your family law matter done right. Call a Waco family law attorney today at 254-753-6437.