Thoughtful, strategic, and efficient resolution to begin a new chapter.
Aimee Pingenot Key on Your Family and Your Future
Preparing clients to write the next chapter in their lives, I help them find a constructive, efficient, and strategic resolution for divorce or other family law issues. I understand many of my clients have worked a lifetime to achieve their success, and I collaborate with them to create a sustainable plan for their future. My approach is results-driven, and I encourage clients to establish attainable and realistic goals that keep cases—and lives—moving forward. My experience in social work, litigation, Collaborative Divorce, and mediation encompasses all areas of family law, including managing difficult custody matters and complex estates involving valuation and division of assets and assisting families who have substance abuse and mental health issues. My clients include business owners, entrepreneurs, lawyers, doctors, and their spouses—intelligent, motivated people who want to work together on practical long-term solutions.
- Educate clients on the realities of their situation, so they have clarity and autonomy on the best path forward.
- Help clients clarify goals for their situation, including possession schedules and finances, and develop strategies for reaching them.
- Provide a supportive environment and expert resources in counseling, financial management, and valuation to ensure clients get the best team and advice.
- Advocate tirelessly for out-of-court settlement but fiercely litigate in court when it is warranted and necessary.
Experience and Professional Credentials
A Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Aimee has earned the esteem of judges and peers for her exceptional work in representing clients and helping to shape family law in Texas. She offers expertise in small and large business matters and understands their organization, ownership, and stock interests, and bonus structures. In one case, she created a solution that allowed a business owner to maintain a growing entity without having to sell, while transferring the spouse’s interest into a flexible payout plan. Managing complex custody cases, Aimee draws on her master’s degree in social work to be both empathic and effective. In a recent case where a client had substance abuse issues that threatened conservatorship, Aimee helped structure an arrangement that involved drug testing, counseling, and treatment, protected the children and motivated the parent to return to unsupervised possession quickly.
Aimee is on the cutting edge of changes in family law, and currently serves on the Texas Family Law Council, a governing arm of the Texas State Bar, and speaks regularly across the state and nation on family law matters. She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Credentialed Collaborative Professional by Collaborative Divorce Texas. Among her recognitions, Aimee has been selected to “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law” by D Magazine, 2017 and 2019, and named to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2022. She is the course co-director for TAFLS, a trial skills boot camp for family lawyers. Working out of our Dallas and Plano office locations, Aimee is a partner with GBA and Dallas divorce lawyer who advocates tirelessly for her clients.
Away from her practice, Aimee is the proud mom of three young children and believes family is the most valuable asset in life. She actively serves in the school PTA, coaches her children’s sports teams, and serves as a scout troop leader.
- Complex Property
- Child Support
- Child Custody
- Property Division
- Alimony & Spousal Support Maintenance
- Cohabitation Agreement
- Contested Divorce
- Uncontested Divorce
- High Net Worth Divorce
- LGBTQ+ Divorce
- Divorce Mediation
- Collaborative Divorce
- Litigated Divorce
- Negotiated Divorce
- Appealing a Divorce Decree or Judgment
- High Conflict Divorce
- Pre-Divorce Guidance
- Divorce for Business Owners
- Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
- Modification and Enforcement
Honors & Awards
- Selected to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas: Family Law”, D Magazine, 2017, 2019 and 2020
- Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2014 – 2022
- Selected to the “Top 100: Texas Super Lawyers” List, Thomson Reuters, 2017 – 2019, 2022
- Selected to the “Top 100: Dallas/Fort Worth Super Lawyers” List, Thomson Reuters, 2017- 2022
- Selected to the “Top 50: Women Texas Super Lawyers” List, Thomson Reuters, 2017 – 2022
- Selected to the Texas Rising Star list, Thomson Reuters, 2006 – 2013
- Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2015 – 2023
- Dallas Young Lawyers Association Leadership Class Member, 2006
- 6 Tips on Introducing a New Person into the Lives of your Children February 2, 2023
- When Worlds Collide: Immigration Law Issues Within a Family Law Practice August 31, 2022
- Divorcing Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder April 30, 2022
- What Can Prenuptial Agreements Contain Under Texas Law? January 20, 2022
- Getting a divorce? Here are 5 ways to manage stress during COVID-19 March 26, 2020
- New Child Support Cap Effective September 1, 2019 August 27, 2019
- Pregnant and Done: Divorcing When a Child Is Due July 14, 2019
- Divorce and Mental Health January 26, 2019
- The Element of Surprise: Drug Tests in Texas Divorces or Custody Case August 5, 2015
- Legislative Changes to the Spousal Maintenance Provisions in the Texas Family Code January 14, 2014
- Co-author, “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about CPS Involvement in Cases,” Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, 2021
- Co-Author, Family Law at Your Fingertips, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2018 – 2019.
Co-Author, Family Law at Your Fingertips–Children, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2019.
Co-Author, Family Law at Your Fingertips–Evidence, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2019.
- Ask the Expert – Mental Health, D Magazine, 2017
- Author, “Divorce and Domestic Violence: When Family Law Meets Criminal Law” American Bar Association, Vol. 32 No. 4, August, 2015
Videos & Podcasts
- What Defines a Modern Premarital Agreement?
- How Do I Manage “Distance Learning” Between Two Homes with My Ex?
- How is Our Possession Schedule Affected by a “Shelter in Place” Lockdown?
- Can I Still Have a Virtual Court Hearing ?
- How Coparenting is Affected if a Parent is Potentially Exposed to COVID-19?
- Ways to Prepare for a Divorce When Your Spouse has a Substance Abuse Problem
- How to Prepare for a Divorce When Your Spouse Has a Substance Abuse Problem
- Dallas Divorce Attorney Explains How to Gain Financial Security in a Divorce
- In-Person Versus Remote Education: What Co-Parents Need to Know
- “Overlap Issues in Family Law”, Dallas Bar – Criminal Law Section Meeting, Co-Presenter, 2019
- “Evidence 101 for Family Lawyers”, Family and Veterans Advocacy Clinic, Texas A&M University School of Law, 2019
- Trial Presentation, TAFLS Trial Institute, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2019
- “Enforcing and Modifying Family Law Orders and Decrees”, Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals, 2019
- Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, State Bar of Texas, Course Director, 2019
- “Creating Harmony”, State Bar of Texas, Collaborative Law Course, Presenter, 2018
- “Grandparents and Third Party Standing“, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Author and Presenter, 2017
- The New Normal – Modern Family Issues in a Changing Landscape, Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, State Bar of Texas, Moderator, 2017
- “Go Beyond the Forms: Effectively Drafting Family Law Orders”, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Author and Presenter, August 2016
- “Assisting with Child Support Calculations,” Blue Moon Paralegal Seminar, Author and Presenter, February 2014
- “Mental Health Issues and the Impact on Family Law Cases,” Collin County Family Law Section, Author and Presenter, February 2014
- “Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Law,” Facing Violence Conference, Author and Presenter, October 2013
- “Grandparent Access and Rights and Duties,” Smart Decisions Conference Speaker, February 2013
- “Protective Orders and Family Law,” Collin County Bar Association, Author and Presenter, January 2013
- “Family Law Primer for Federal Employees,” Department of Homeland Security Presentation, Presentor November 2012.
- Using a Computer Forensic Expert, Family Law Technology Course, State Bar of Texas, Co-Author 2012
- Property Update, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Co-Author 2012
- Turbo Charge Your Collaborative Practice, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, Co-Author 2012
- “Recent and Anticipated Developments in Texas Family Law,” Blue Moon Paralegal Seminar, Author and Presenter, September 2012
- “Assisting with Child Custody Cases,” Blue Moon Paralegal Seminar, Author and Presenter, September 2012
- “Standing in Family Law,” Collin County Bar Association, April 2012, Author and Presenter
- “Legislative Updates and Family Law Code Updates,” Collin County Bench Bar Author and Presenter
- “Legislative Changes to Spousal Maintenance Provisions in the Texas Family Code,” Collin County Young Lawyers Bulletin, January 2012
- “Standing for the Not So Nuclear Family,” Innovations—Breaking Boundaries in Custody Litigation, January 2012, Co-Author
- “A Modest Primer on Business Ownership, Divorce and the Courts,” New Frontiers in Family Law, October 2011, Co-Author
- “Informed Consent in Collaborative Law,” October 2011, Co-Presenter
- ”Collaborative Law Basics and Legislative Updates,” Dallas Bar Association, October 2011, Co-Presenter
- “ Collaborative Law Basics for Corporations and Social Groups,” 2010-present, Presenter
- “What’s your status? Common Law Marriage in Modern Days,” Dallas Bar Association, Headnotes, June 2010, Co-Author
- “Digging Up Dirt–Creative Discovery Techniques in Family Law,” University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Discovery Techniques Workshop, December 2004, Presenter and Co-Author
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- American Bar Association, Family Law Section and GP/Solo Section
- American Bar Foundation
- Annette Stewart American Inn of Court
- Member Chair, 2014 – present
- Collaborative Divorce Texas (f/k/a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas)
- Collaborative Professionals of Dallas
- Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
- President, 2017 – 2018
- Collin County Young Lawyers Association
- Vice President, 2010-2012
- Curt B. Henderson American Inn of Court
- Dallas Bar Association, Collaborative Law and Family Law Section
- Family Law Section Board Member, 2015-2018
- Dallas Bar Foundation
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- Legacy Family Court Foundation
- Board Member
- State Bar of Texas, Collaborative Law and Family Law Section
- Marriage Dissolution, Course Director, 2017
- Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
- Texas Bar Foundation
- Texas Family Law Foundation
- Junior League of Dallas
- The University of Texas School of Law, 2003
- J.D., Law
- Law Review: Texas International Law Journal
- University of Texas in Austin, 1998
- M.S.S.W., with Honors, Social Work
- University of Texas in Austin, 1996
- B.A., with Honors, Psychology
- Texas, 2003
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2014
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas