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Divorce Law - Springfield MO

Van Pelt & Van Pelt, P.C. represents individuals in dissolution of marriage proceedings, legal separations, proceedings to modify judgments, and paternity actions.

Divorce cases in the State of Missouri may involve the division of marital property and debts between the parties, the payment of maintenance from one spouse to another (formerly called alimony), child custody issues, child support issues, and issues regarding the payment of expert fees and attorneys fees. Dissolution cases can be quite complex and there are sometimes issues requiring special skills of expert witnesses such as the valuation of a business or professional practice, the earning potential or employability of a spouse seeking maintenance, tax consequences of the division of property and debts, or when a spouse is involved with a trust or retirement/pension plan.

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F. Richard "Rick" Van Pelt

Awards and Honors

  • Named the 2022 Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" for Family Law in Springfield, Missouri.
  • 2015 Recipient of the Missouri Bar Association's Roger P. Krumm Family Law Practitioner of the Year Award
  • Named the Best Lawyers in America 2014 Springfield, MO Family Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • AVVO Superb 10.0 / 10.0 Rating
  • Member of the Family Law section of the Missouri Bar
  • Recipient of CASA of Southwest Missouri's First Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Recipient of Equal Access to Justice Award - Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Pittsburg State University 1997 Outstanding Alumni Award
  • Pittsburg State University 2002 - 2003 National President, Alumni Board of Directors
  • Trustee of the Pittsburg State University Foundation
  • Member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member of the Missouri Bar Association
  • F. Richard "Rick" Van Pelt named Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial

About Van Pelt Law

F. Richard "Rick" and Kay Van Pelt

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When you are in the middle of life’s toughest challenges, you need advice that comes from experience. With over 70 years of combined experience,  you can rely on F. Richard "Rick" and Kay Van Pelt to guide you in achieving the results you desire.

Van Pelt & Van Pelt has received a Top Tier 1 rating from Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" for Family Law.

Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Family Law for nineteen years straight, and selected as 1 of 100 Diplomates of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers in the U.S., F. Richard "Rick" Van Pelt brings an unprecedented amount of knowledge and experience to settlements, mediation, and in the courtroom, on your behalf. More importantly, he dedicates time to understand every aspect of your situation. His tenacity, compassion, intuition, and work ethic will serve you in achieving your best outcome in your Dissolution of Marriage, legal separation, or modification case.

Kay Van Pelt is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, has been recognized as a Missouri / Kansas Super Lawyer, and has a nationwide network of professional contacts and resources to help you achieve success in your adoption journey. With hundreds of successful cases completed, Kay has the knowledge and experience to anticipate problems before they arise so you can achieve a secure adoptive placement.

The best advice comes from the best experience. Quite simply, Rick and Kay Van Pelt have worked their entire careers to be able to offer you exactly that.

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