Shanin Turner

Shanin Turner


Southern Methodist University-Dedman School of Law (J.D. 2013, with honors)

University of Texas at Dallas (1998, M.S. Early Childhood Development and Education)

Texas Women’s University (1992 BS Education, with honors)

Admitted to Practice

State Bar of Texas 2013

Focus of Practice

Adoptions and Termination Suits

Contested Divorce

Child Protective Services Cases

Custody Disputes Involving:

- Family Violence Issues

- Addiction Issues

Visitation Issues

Child Support Modifications

Enforcement Actions


Premarital Agreements

Partition Agreements

Step-Parent Adoptions

LGBT Divorce

LGBT Custody Matters

Complex Property Divisions including characterization, valuation and reimbursement issues

Grandparent Access

Affiliations and Memberships

Collin County Family Law, Member

Dallas Bar Association- Family Law Section

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

The College of the State Bar of Texas

Texas State Bar- Family Law Section, Member

Professional/Civic Activities

Dallas Bar Association - Family Law section

Dallas Assoc Young Lawyers

Collin County bar Association

Representative Experience

After working as an educator in Plano ISD for almost two decades, Shanin graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law while teaching to earn her JD. With her extensive teaching background and experience dealing with high conflict parenting issues, Shanin has developed a reputation among her legal peers for being able to negotiate through complex divorce issues with her clients while remaining centered on the best interests of the children of the marriage. Since 2013, Shanin has handled well over 100 cases and has successfully helped clients mediate final divorce settlements with terms and conditions in those agreements that are conducive to her clients’ successful co-parenting. She is not afraid to put on her suit of armor and go to battle for her client and their children in court to achieve those positive results. Family law matters that Ms. Turner has litigated include child custody, grandparent access, termination of parental rights, paternity, establishing child support, and child support enforcement actions. Shanin represents clients in Courts throughout the Dallas metroplex, including Collin County, Denton County, Dallas County, Rockwall County, Smith County, Ellis County, and Tarrant County, Texas. Shanin is married with four adult children and a house- full of fur babies.

Publications, Seminars, and Cases

    • SMU Law Review, Texas Survey Article “Husbands and Wives” December 2013