Shannon Boudreaux - Texas child custody lawyer

Shannon Boudreaux


Shannon L. Boudreaux is a passionate advocate for her clients, working on their behalf to help them reshape their lives, their families, and their futures. For two decades, she has helped reunite parents with their children and helped clients negotiate contentious custody disputes.

Ms. Boudreaux represents men and women, adults and children, gay and straight, and everyone in between. Her understanding of Texas family law and its various legal codes is an important asset in guiding individuals and families through an often anxiety-riddled process.

As a Texas family law attorney, Ms. Boudreaux works hand in hand with people from all walks of life in a variety of legal matters, including:

  • Contested divorces
  • Child custody disputes
  • Court order enforcements
  • Custody Modifications
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Prenups and Postnups
  • LGBTQ-related family law issues
  • Pet custody agreements
  • Adoptions and Gestational Agreements

Client Victories

Divorce and family law is unique, as few other areas involve the same amount of emotional strain and compromise, but even with those challenges, Ms. Boudreaux’s track record is stellar. Throughout her career, she’s obtained amazing results for her clients, including:

  • Representing an active, loving father in a divorce where she was able to obtain a 50/50 visitation order, which was unheard of at the time (10+ years ago).
  • Obtaining a 50/50 visitation agreement for the father of a toddler in a divorce matter.

All The Way To Trial

In addition to negotiating like hell on behalf of her clients, Ms. Boudreaux has handled countless of bench trials in her determination to get the best results for her clients. 

In one case, she represented a father in a jury trial who had been alienated from his family. The negotiations were so difficult that the case went all the way to a jury trial, which ruled in her clients’ favor, allowing the man’s daughters to get on a plane with their father that very night.

“No-Marriage” Separation

With the number of couples “cohabiting” instead of marrying steadily going up, Ms. Boudreaux has handled several cohabitation and “no-nuptial” agreements in Texas. This allows couples that live together without the legal distinction of marriage to protect their assets and families should a separation occur.

 LGBTQIA+ Family Issues

Ms. Boudreaux has a unique background in the new and complex world of “gay divorce”. The laws in Texas surrounding LGBTQ marriage can be unclear, making divorce, custody, and related issues challenging for attorneys and their clients. In fact, some Texas Appellate Courts have issued contradictory rulings on almost the same issues.

In spite of these difficulties, Ms. Boudreaux has been able to handle even the most contentious matters, and has been able  to get her clients as much time with their family as possible. 

Pet Custody Battles

For many families, pets are children. Ms. Boudreaux is a fierce defender of animal rights, and as such she has a unique expertise in helping negotiate custody agreements involving cats, dogs, and all manner of pets. 


  • National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers
  • AVVO Top Rated Attorney
  • Two-Time Business Woman of the Year – Business Advisory Counsel of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas


  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
    • South Texas College of Law – 2003
  • Master of Science – Criminal Justice
    • Sam Houston State University – 2000
  • Bachelor of Science – Psychology, Sociology, Criminology
    • University of Houston – Clear Lake – 1998

Professional Activities

  • Association of Women Attorneys, Board of Directors – 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Association of Women Attorneys, Judicial Nomination Committee – 2015, 2016
  • Association of Women Attorneys, Member – 2015 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section – 2003 – Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Family Law Section – 2003 – Present
  • Fort Bend County Bar Association, Family Law Section – 2019 – Present
  • Texas Bar Association, Family Law Section – 2003- Present
  • Texas Family Law Foundation, Member – 2020 – Present
  • Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce – 2019 – Present
  • Houston Business Cabinet, 2016 – Present
  • Certified Mediator – Family Law
  • Certified Mediator – Civil Litigation
  • University of Houston, Adjunct Professor
  • The National Republican Congressional Committee, Business Advisory Counsel
Experienced in Unique Family Law Matters

One unique area of her practice is pet “custody” issues, which is founded on her passion for animal rights. Though the courts view animals as distinct from humans, Shannon understands how families view their pets as loved ones. Thus, she helps spouses arrange custody agreements for their animal family members.

Honors & Awards

Throughout her legal career, Shannon built a reputation for excellent and passionate advocacy. She was named to the 2014 National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers, as well many other honors:

  • AVVO Top Rated Attorney
  • Two-Time Business Woman of the Year – Business Advisory Counsel of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
Education & Career

Shannon earned her JD from South Texas College of Law in 2003, where she was named to the Dean’s List. Prior to this, she earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 2000 and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Houston in 1998.

As a family law & child custody attorney, her background in psychology helps her understand the mental and emotional needs of her clients.

For clients who need a seasoned and understanding child custody lawyer, Shannon Boudreaux is ready to provide relentless advocacy and decisive solutions.