Shawnee County, Kansas Family Lawyers
Shawnee County, KS Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
He received his Juris Doctor from the Washburn School of Law, and his Bachelor's in English from the University of North Dakota. Prior to law school, he taught high school English, and briefly served in state government.
Chris is a native of northeastern North Dakota, but proudly claims Kansas and its mild winters as his home. Whether or not he is in the office, Chris harbors the desire to write the great American novel.
I am active in the American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Kansas Bar Association, serving on various committees. I chair the Solo and Small Firm committee of the ABA’s Law Practice Division and serve as the CLE Chair for the Family Law Section of the Kansas Bar Association.
The areas of concentration on which I focus are:
Family-based immigration benefits;
Complex family law issues (divorce/legal separation or paternity); and
Limited probate code issues (Guardianships, Power of...
Shawnee County Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services
Kansas Bar Foundation
Kansas Legal Services
Dealing with family law issues?
Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.
Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.
Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.
Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.
No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.
Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.
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