University City, Missouri Family Lawyers

Kirk C.  Stange
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Missouri Family Law Lawyer with 19 years experience

If you are going through a divorce or family law matter, it can feel like your whole life is hanging in the balance. Not knowing what will happen to you or your family can can be overwhelming. To help clients with... Read More »
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Marta Papa
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(314) 862-0202 7101 Delmar Blvd.
Saint Louis, MO 63130
Saint Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
University of Houston - Main Campus
Marta divides her time between mediating and litigating family law matters. She has been practicing Family Law since 1980 and has successfully completed over 4,000 divorce mediations. Marta received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston and obtained a post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy Training from the prestigious Menninger Psychiatric Institute. Marta has taught Mediation, Dissolution of Marriage and Civil Litigation at Webster University and St. Louis University in the Graduate School of Social Work. She also conducts family law mediation training seminars for lawyers, judges, and mental health professionals, as well as seminars for individuals considering...
Jennifer L. Rench
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(314) 725-4000 200 S. Bemiston Ave
Suite 310
St. Louis, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Saint Louis University
Jennifer L. Rench is a family law attorney and owner of J. Rench Law Firm, LLC | St. Louis Divorce and Mediation. Her law firm helps clients through divorce by offering divorce mediation services, collaborative divorce services, and divorce representation.

Her philosophy is to help clients resolve legal matters in the most effective way possible. She accomplishes this through communication, collaboration, interest-based negotiations, and other progressive strategies. Her values center on understanding her clients’ needs and meeting those needs using her legal experience and problem solving skills. While she has served in other areas of law, family law is especially...
John D Kershman
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(314) 963-4700 120 South Central Ave.
Suite 450
Clayton, MO 63105
Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
Family and Divorce
Washington University School of Law
Mr. Kershman is a Partner at Stange Law Firm, PC. He manages the Missouri offices of the firm with the exception of the Arnold, Missouri office. Mr. Kershman received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law. Mr. Kershman is licensed in Missouri. Mr. Kershman was selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as one of the top up-and-coming lawyers in the State of Missouri. Mr. Kershman is also Lead Counsel Rated for Family Law. Additionally, Mr. Kershman is also an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law....
Paola Arzu Stange
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(855) 805-0595 120 South Central Avenue Suite 450
Suite 401
Clayton, MO 63105
Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
Family
Emory University
Paola Stange handles family law cases with knowledge and passion. She is a trained mediator, collaborative law attorney and guardian ad litem. Paola was one of five guardian at litems selected by St. Louis County Circuit Court Judges in 2011 to receive the Outstanding Volunteer Domestic Violence Guardian ad Litem Award.

Paola is a hard-working individual and with her husband and Founding Partner, Kirk, keeps Stange Law Firm, PC consistently growing. Paola received her Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia and is licensed in Missouri and Georgia (inactive).

Paola enjoys giving back to her community...
Salim Elias Awad
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(314) 488-2555 222 S. Meramec Ave.
Suite 300
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Saint Louis University School of Law
Salim E. Awad represents his clients exclusively in the areas of Family Law & Litigation, providing sophisticated counsel in matters involving Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support, Property Division, and Paternity. His experience also includes counseling his clients on Immigration and Military Issues that frequently impact Family Law, as well as Mediation, Collaborative Family Law, and Other Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Awad is licensed to practice law in the States of Missouri, Illinois, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. He received his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School...
Rachna Lien
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(314) 722-8557 7733 Forsyth Blvd.
11th Floor
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Rachna is dedicated to helping people access the tools the legal system has to offer in settling disputes and overcoming challenging situations.

For the first 6 years of her career, Rachna founded and directed Jane Doe Advocacy Center, a non-profit legal service center for survivors of sexual violence. She helped survivors navigate the legal aftermath of sexual abuse, focusing her work in family court. She also coached individuals through the criminal justice system as they participated in the prosecution of their perpetrators. During her time at Jane Doe, Rachna helped more than 600 individuals who had legal questions relating to sexual...
B. Michael Easley
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St Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(314) 488-5834 7550 Clayton Rd.
Suite 102
St Louis, MO 63117
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Washington University School of Law
B. Micheal Easley is a highly experienced lawyer licensed to practice in the state of Missouri, Southern and Central District of Illinois, and Northern District of Indiana. Micheal routinely represents clients in a wide variety of family law matters, including, divorce, child custody, child support, guardianship and other domestic relation matters. Note: The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. B. Micheal Easley is responsible for the content.
Jillian Wood
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(855) 805-0595 120 South Central Avenue
Suite 450
Clayton, MO 63105
Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Saint Louis University School of Law
Jillian Wood is a Partner at Stange Law Firm, PC. She manages the Illinois offices and the Arnold, Missouri office of the firm. Jillian is based out of the firm's Belleville, Illinois office and represents clients solely in family law matters. Note: The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Jillian Wood is responsible for the content. Principal place of business 120 South Central Ave., Suite 450, St. Louis (Clayton), MO 63105.
Jonathan Kass Glassman
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(314) 378-5781 225 S. Meramec Avenue
Suite 426T
Clayton, MO 63105
Family and Divorce
Washington University in St. Louis
Steven William Neimeyer
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(314) 727-7100 8011 Clayton Road
Suite 207
St. Louis, MO 63117
Free ConsultationFamily, Estate Planning, Social Security Disability and Workers' Comp
Washington University School of Law
I have been practicing law since 1996. I have owned and operated my own Firm since 1998. I have practiced primarily in the area of family law (divorce, child custody/support, contempt, adoptions, guardianships and juvenile). I have expanded my practice to include Social Security Disability, Workers Compensation and Veterans Benefits. For the past 16 years I have also been retained by the St. Louis County Juvenile Courts to represent children in cases involving abuse and neglect. While practicing law I have also worked in the Fire Service for 13 years. In doing so,...
Sarah Brown
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Missouri Family Law Lawyer

Regent University School of LawMissouri
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Jill Anderson
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Missouri Family Law Lawyer

Oklahoma City University School of LawOklahoma and Missouri
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Jennifer Pugh Alter
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(314) 932-1067 4500 W Pine Blvd
#100
St. Louis, MO 63108
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Traffic Tickets
University of Missouri - Columbia
Irene Costas
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(314) 899-9378 200 South Hanley Road
Suite 208
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Saint Louis University School of Law
Ms. Costas focuses her practice on matters concerning commercial, complex litigation and general civil trial matters. She provides focused legal services to clients facing civil matters including: family law, personal injury, probate, and landlord/tenant matters. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Costas worked at Washington University’s School of Medicine Clinical Outcomes Research Office where she devoted her time to studying the impact of co-morbidity on cancer survival.
Bliss Worrell
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Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer
(314) 833-9967 231 S. Bemiston
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Saint Louis University School of Law
Bliss Worrell is a former St. Louis prosecutor who aggressively defends individuals charged with crimes and DWI/DUI offenses in the St. Louis metropolitan area and surrounding counties. She has tried a number of cases to both judge and jury. Worrell Law Firm, LLC also offers representation in a wide variety of legal matters including divorce, paternity, child custody and support and personal injury.
Ramona A Gau
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(314) 782-1415 225 South Meramec
Suite 1100
Clayton, MO 63105
Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 12 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
University of Missouri - Columbia
Ramona Gau graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hannibal LaGrange University. It was actually a very specific, negative incident during her time that helped her make the decision between being a police officer and being a lawyer. Seeking to live out the concept her dear Mother instilled in her, that if "you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life", Ramona went on to the University of Missouri- Columbia Law School. There she had the distinguished honor of placing in the Moot Court Top 10.

Because she understands that attorneys typically meet people going through especially hard...
Scott J Schrum
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(314) 782-1415 225 South Meramec
Suite 1100
Clayton, MO 63105
Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Saint Louis University School of Law
Scott Schrum is a life-long resident of Southeast Missouri. He was born and raised in Iron and Washington Counties. Before becoming an attorney, Scott worked in his family's construction business pouring concrete. He successfully managed his family’s business for over ten years.

Scott is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Arkansas, and Alaska. He began his legal career practicing workers’ compensation, personal injury, and chapter 7 bankruptcy. He is now a Partner at Marler Schrum Law and handles a wide variety of legal issues including family matters, workers' compensation, personal...
Patrick Rollings
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(855) 805-0595 120 S. Central Avenue
Suite 450
Clayton, MO 63105
Family and Divorce
Washington University School of Law
Patrick Rollings is an Associate Attorney with Stange Law Firm, PC. He can assist clients with their divorce, or other family law matters, from the firm's Clayton, MO office in St. Louis County.
Stuart Howard Goldenberg
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(314) 481-8888 2016 South Big Bend Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63117
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Real Estate
Established in 1982, my firm has earned a winning reputation in the legal community. With over 30 years of legal experience, I have handled a variety of cases, including Family Law and Real Estate matters. Rest assured I have the experience, skills and knowledge to help you resolve your legal matter it effectively.
Sara L. Marler
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(314) 782-1415 225 South Meramec
Suite 1100
Clayton, MO 63105
Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
New England Law | Boston
After completing her undergraduate degree at Maryville University - St. Louis, law school took Sara Marler to Boston. She attended New England University Law School, where she graduated cum laude and Top 10% of her class. It was Sara's sense of hometown and community that brought her back to Southeast Missouri.

A respected attorney once told her "Caring makes this job hard, but caring is what makes you good at what you do," and she's kept those impactful words with her over the last 15 years of her career. Sara is a compassionate advocate, having been the voice of children,...
Thomas J. Henderson
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(314) 266-4400 7750 Clayton Rd. Suite 102
St. Louis, MO 63117
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Consumer and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
Mr. Henderson focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, family law, criminal defense, and driving while intoxicated cases. He practices regularly in courts in St. Louis and the surrounding counties and also handles appeals.
Evan Dean Buxner
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(314) 656-8581 230 S. Bemiston Ave
Suite 1400
St. Louis, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Consumer, Divorce and Personal Injury
Saint Louis University School of Law
Mr. C. Curran Coulter II
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(314) 488-2555 130 S. Bemiston Avenue
Suite 400
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationClayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Saint Louis University
See https://www.coulterlambson.com/our-attorneys/c-curran-coulter-ii/
Brian Langley
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(855) 805-0595 120 S. Central Avenue
Suite 450
Clayton, MO 63105
Family and Divorce
Washington University School of Law
Brian Langley is an Associate Attorney with Stange Law Firm, PC. He can assist clients with their divorce and family law matters from the firm's St. Louis County office located in Clayton, MO.
Margot Beasley
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(314) 862-5110 7711 Bonhomme Avenue Suite 850
Suite 1006
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Saint Louis University School of Law
A lifelong St. Louis resident, Ms. Beasley has spent years fostering a close connection with the local community. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. During her undergraduate years, she played an important role as crime victim advocate at the first victim advocacy agency in the nation. This position gave her a greater understanding of the difficulties experienced by victims of violent crime, and assisting people in crisis. This insight serves continues to serve her well since many of her clients first contact her during a crisis or after a recent trauma....
Brittany D. Kozal
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(314) 725-8000 231 Bemiston
Suite 1111
St. Louis, MO 63105
Family
Saint Louis University School of Law and Saint Louis University School of Law
Brittany D. Kozal’s practice at Frankel, Rubin, Klein, Dubin, Siegel & Payne, P.C. focuses on domestic relations. She represents clients in divorce, paternity, child custody, adoption, and guardianship matters. Brittany recognizes that every client is unique and she takes the time necessary to understand each client’s individual objectives and goals. Her record of success includes amicable settlements, as well as contested trials, for a diverse group of clients. Experienced in both civil and domestic litigation, Brittany is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal advice and counseling. Prior to joining...
Richard Harper
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Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(855) 805-0595 120 S. Central Avenue
Suite 450
Clayton, MO 63105
Family and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
Richard is one of the Senior Associate Attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC and he practices out of the Clayton, Missouri Office. He will listen to your family law case and will help guide you through the legal process.

Richard graduated from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He later went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from the St. Louis University School of Law. Richard has extensive litigation and legal research and writing experience, and is on the Elder Law Committee of the Missouri Bar Association.

In addition to his legal work, Richard likes to...
Jacqueline A. Matreci
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(855) 805-0595 120 South Central Ave.
Suite 450
Clayton, MO 63105
Free ConsultationFamily
Saint Louis University School of Law
Jacqueline A. Matreci is an Associate Attorney at Stange Law Firm, PC in the St. Louis office located in Clayton, Missouri. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri and Illinois. Jacqueline represents clients in a wide variety of family law matters, including, divorce, child custody, child support, guardianship and other domestic relation matters. Note: The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri/Illinois nor The Missouri/Illinois Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations. The information you obtain at...
Gregory Kessler
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Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(314) 725-8000 231 S Bemiston Ave
Clayton, MO 63105
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Washington University School of Law
Cecelia M. Kendall
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Saint Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(314) 351-3878 2531 Hampton Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63139
Free ConsultationFamily
Valparaiso University School of Law
I attended Valparaiso University School of Law in Valparaiso, Indiana and graduated in 1997. My interest has always been in family law because I went through a contested divorce personally. After working for family court judges in the City of St. Louis for over eight years, I feel I have the tools to help you with your family law issues.
James Ochs
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Saint Louis, MO Family Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(314) 727-2111 149 N. Meramec Avenue
2nd Floor
Saint Louis, MO 63105
Family, Business, Criminal and Personal Injury
Saint Louis University School of Law
Attorney James C. Ochs has been representing injury victims since 1984. He has practiced law in Missouri, Illinois, and surrounding states and taken on more than 125 jury trials and 500 bench trials over the course of his career. As a St. Louis personal injury attorney, he provides representation for a wide range of legal matters, including car accidents, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, truck accidents, and more. In his more than 25 years of experience, he has secured positive verdicts and settlements for his clients time and time again. His firm has been given an AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and...
Ms. Mary Elizabeth Davidson
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St Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(314) 862-0200 8820 Ladue Road, Suite 201
St Louis, MO 63124
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Saint Louis University School of Law
I have been practicing Domestic Relations law exclusively since 1984, in the counties of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County. I have taught seminars to other attorneys both statewide and in the St. Louis area, and have published a section in the current Missouri Bar Evidence Deskbook. I spend a significant amount of time representing children in Guardian ad Litem work, which gives me a unique perspective to the issues involved in divorce, paternity and custody cases. A particular concern of mine is to strive to keep legal services affordable for...
Rudolf Angulo
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Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 1 year experience
(855) 805-0595 120 S. Central Avenue
Suite 450
Clayton, MO 63105
Family and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
Family Law matters can cause a great deal of stress and confusion, which is why it is important that you hire an attorney who is both empathetic to your needs, and driven to get you the best result possible.

Rudolf Angulo is an Associate Attorney in our Clayton, Missouri office. Rudolf graduated from the University of Missouri- St. Louis with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law. Prior to working at Stange Law Firm, Rudolf worked for Legal Services of Eastern MO in their Family Court Project. While...
Cynthia M. Fox
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Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(314) 727-4880 7751 Carondelet Avenue
Suite 700
Clayton, MO 63105
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
For over 25 years I have focused my practice in family law, with a particular emphasis on matters relating to the dissolution of marriage: divorce representation and mediation, child custody and child support. I am a native St. Louisan and a graduate of the Washington University School of Law, Class of '73. I am a divorce lawyer who has been where you are now and I understand the pain, stress and uncertainty you are experiencing. Several years ago I went through a difficult and contentious divorce and child custody battle with my ex-husband, and I have traveled this same path with...
Richard Faulstich
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(314) 283-7805 1034 S. Brentwood
Suite 1900
St. Louis, MO 63117
Free ConsultationFamily, Personal Injury, Products Liability and Workers' Comp
If You Have Been Injured Because Of The Actions Of Another Person Or Company, Call For FREE To Find Out Why You Should Have Legal Representation If you or a family member has been seriously injured, as the result of someone else's negligence, it is advisable to seek legal counsel to file a Workers' Compensation or Personal Injury claim. For over 27 years I have been helping the “Little Guy” fight for fair compensation against large corporations and insurance companies with great success. I have personally handled over $30 million dollars worth of injury cases from start to finish. I...
Joan Amendola Coulter
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St. Louis, MO Family Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(314) 721-1116 222 S. Central Ave., Ste. 600
St. Louis, MO 63105
Family, Divorce and Juvenile
Saint Louis University School of Law
Allan Zerman
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Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 58 years experience
(314) 862-4444 100 S Brentwood Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105
Family and Divorce
Frank B. Curtis
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Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(314) 727-8677 222 S Central Ave
Suite 804
Clayton, MO 63105
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Saint Louis University School of Law
Gregory Brough
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Olivette, MO Family Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(314) 725-0001 9666 Olive Boulevard, Suite 690
Olivette, MO 63132
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Washington University School of Law
Margaret Susan Price
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Clayton, MO Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(314) 721-0042 7777 Bonhomme Ave
Suite 1600
Clayton, MO 63105
Family and Divorce
Jack J. Cavanagh
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Clayton, MO Family Law Lawyer
(314) 721-0900 231 S. Bemiston Avenue
Suite 1020
Clayton, MO 63105
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Jack graduated from St. Louis University School of Law and began his law career handling Personal Injury cases. From there, Jack worked at the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, where he received invaluable experience prosecuting complex criminal cases. After leaving the Prosecutor's Office, Jack opened up his own law practice. Over the years, Jack has handled a wide variety of cases in the areas of Criminal Law, Traffic, Family Law, Business Law, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice. With 50 years of legal experience and a lifetime spent in the courtroom, Jack has...
Patrick Ochs
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Saint Louis, MO Family Law Lawyer
(314) 727-2111 149 N. Meramec Avenue
2nd Floor
Saint Louis, MO 63105
Family, Criminal and DWI
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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.


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