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Desiree A. Hartwigsen

Managing Attorney
  • Profile

Desiree A. Hartwigsen grew up in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During her time at Tarleton, Desiree studied abroad in London, England at Queen Mary’s University where she studied Comparative Criminal Justice.

Desiree attended law school at Texas A&M University School of Law. During her time in law school Desiree also had the opportunity to study abroad in the Hague, Netherlands where she studied International Criminal Law and International Terrorism. Prior to her graduation from law school, Desiree was awarded a spot as an apprentice through the Texas Apprenticeship Network. Desiree graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law with her Juris Doctorate Degree two years ahead of schedule. As a criminal justice major and former police department intern, Desiree provides consistent, coordinated representation in those family law cases with parallel criminal proceedings.

Desiree enjoys practicing family law because each day brings new challenges. Desiree excels in her ability to strategize and problem solve for her clients based on their individual needs and the law at issue. Desiree has experience representing clients for a multitude of family law cases including divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, termination and temporary orders.

When she isn’t in court or volunteering, she enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, riding the motorcycle or atv, and watching her husband race motocross. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her dogs, and traveling.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers 2022
  • Three Best Rated 2022
  • Fort Worth Magazine Top Attorney 2020 - 2022
  • 360 West Top Attorney 2020,2022

Areas of Practice

Family Law
  • Divorce
    • Uncontested Divorce
    • Complex Divorce
    • High-Asset Divorce
    • Property Division
    • Spousal Maintenance
    • Military Divorce
    • Divorce Temporary Orders
    • Divorce Temporary Restraining Order
    • Retirement division
  • Child Custody
    • Visitation, Possession and Access
      1. Custody Temporary Restraining Order
      2. Relocation
      3. Police/Fire Service Member Creative Possession and Access
      4. Military Member Possession and Access
    • Custody Temporary Orders
    • Child Support
    • Modifications
  • Paternity
    • Established Paternity
    • Name Change of Child
    • DNA Testing
  • Grandparents Rights
  • Termination and Adoptions
  • Protective Orders
  • Enforcements
    1. Child Support
    2. Possession and Access
    3. Property Division
  • CPS
    1. Saftey Plan
    2. Removal of Child
  • Mediation
  • Final Trials
Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • DWI or DUI
    1. Administrative License Revocation Hearings
    2. Occupational Driver's License Applications
  • Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  • Assault
    1. Simple Assault
    2. Assault Bodily Injury
    3. Domestic Violence
    4. Aggravated Assault
    5. Sexual Assault
  • Theft
  • Bond Hearings
  • Investigation Representation (Prior to formal charges being filed)
  • Clear Your Record
    1. Expunctions
    2. Nondisclosures
  • Traffic Tickets
    1. Commercial Driver's License Holders
    2. Public Intoxication

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2017


  • Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
    • Juris Doctor
  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • Honors: Study Abroad Program the Hague, Netherlands
  • Tarleton State University
    • B.S.
    • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Midwestern State University
    • Honors: Study Abroad Program London, England

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section
  • Tarrant County Family Law Association
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyer Association
  • Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society


  • English