Betsy Branch is a distinguished attorney and family law specialist based in Rockwall, Texas. A Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rated attorney with nearly thirty years of experience, she is the owner of The Branch Law Firm, PLLC where she provides a broad range of industry-leading family law and dispute mediation services. With certifications in both Family Law and Dispute Mediation, Ms. Branch has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and is consistently recognized by Super Lawyers® as a top Texas Super Lawyer.
Ms. Branch's path to prominence was clear to her from a young age. As she tells it, by just ten years old, she already knew she wanted to be an attorney:
After my father had passed away, my mother was widowed with five young children. I remember her being very frustrated with the probate process. I remember one day in particular where she must have gotten some bad news and she just burst into tears. When I asked her what was wrong, she told me that she didn’t feel like her lawyer was offering her enough help with wading through the process of dealing with my dad’s estate. At just ten years old, my response was, 'can girls be lawyers?'. She said yes, and I decided that day that I would be a lawyer so that no one else’s mother would cry.
Ms. Branch earned her undergraduate degree in history from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. At thirty years old, with two young sons, she completed her Juris Doctor at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi. Today, Betsy Branch provides comprehensive assistance in all divorce-related concerns, including annulment, child custody and support, domestic violence and protective orders, complex property cases and marital property agreements, name changes, paternity, and parental alienation. Ms. Branch also deals with probate law, adoption, estate planning, powers of attorney, trusts, and guardianship. Ms. Branch is currently the only female attorney in Rockwall to be certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has built her reputation on a foundation of strong ethics and legal expertise.
As a leader in her field and a Certified Dispute Mediator, Ms. Branch is familiar with the emotional toll that divorce proceedings can take on children, and strives toward a resolution which will best support the children involved. Discussing the emerging trend of gender blindness when it comes to parental rights and custody arrangements, she notes:
Since the beginning of my career, I can honestly say that I have really seen the courts begin to apply a gender blindness when considering custody disputes, focusing instead on what is in the best interest of the children. Often fathers will come to me with a predisposed notion that even if they ask for custody, they’re not going to get it. I try to counsel them and examine all of the facets of their case to see whether they have a compelling situation. It's important to give fathers more parenting time with their children, and the law has thankfully been moving in that direction.
In addition to her work at her law firm, Ms. Branch is an active member of her community who is passionate about participating in scholarship fundraising events for medical students who are specializing in pediatrics. Additionally, she is a frequent contributor to family law lectures and publications, sharing her experiences and wisdom with up and coming legal professionals and family law mediators. When she’s not working or volunteering, Ms. Branch enjoys spending time with her two sons, one of whom is currently building his career as a criminal attorney.
Nearly three decades into her career, Betsy Branch shows no signs of slowing down. In the coming years, Ms. Branch looks forward to continuing her award-winning work in family law, helping her clients to navigate the challenges of a divorce or custody dispute in a civil and respectful manner.
Education & Certification
Certified in Family Law Mediation (2015)
Professional Memberships & Community Involvement
Rockwall County Bar Association • Dallas County Bar Association • Women in Need, Advisory Board • Texas Pediatric Foundation Board • Altrusa Club of Rockwall • Texas Bar Association • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists • Annette Stewart Inns of Court
Awards & Honors
Martindale-Hubbell®, AV® Preeminent™Rated (2017) • Avvo, 10.0/10.0 "Superb" Rated • Super Lawyers®, Texas Super Lawyers (2012-2017) • NBC’s Today Show