Kirk C Stange Esq.

Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Paternity
  • Legal Separation
  • Motions to Modify
  • Contempt
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Family Law Matters
  • Adoptions
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Orders of Protection
  • Domestic Relations Matters
  • Guardianships
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • Illinois

Education

  • University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • Juris Doctorate – 2000
    • Honors: National Member, Order of the Barristers — A National Honors Society
    • Honors: Regional Moot Court Team
    • Honors: Finalist, Fall Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: Board of Advocates, Executive Officer
  • Fontbonne University
    • B.A. – 1997
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: Finalist, Fontbonne University Student Leader of the Year Award
    • Honors: Pi Lambda Theta Honors Society – An Honors Society for Educators
    • Major: History
    • Minor: Missouri Teacher’s Certificate – Middle and Secondary Certification in Social Studies

Kirk C. Stange, Esq.

Founding Partner

When you’re faced with a family law matter and need help, you need an attorney that will always have your best interests in mind. Kirk Stange fights for his clients in every step of their family law case. Kirk uses his vast experience and knowledge of family law in your case. You can trust that Kirk will tell you what you need to know and listen when you need someone to listen. Kirk has years of experience in family law as well as being a trained mediator, collaborative attorney and guardian ad litem. Using these skills, Kirk can guide you through any family law matter.

In 2007, Kirk founded Stange Law Firm, PC with his wife Paola and has worked diligently to grow the firm to what it is today. In addition to practicing law, Kirk spends time educating attorneys and other law professionals at CLE Seminars through the Missouri Bar, myLawCLE, the National Business Institute and other organizations. Kirk even presented at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Omaha, Nebraska in 2014 on social media evidence for lawyers and judges.

In 2017, Kirk was recognized by the Missouri Bar for his substantial contributions to the continuing legal education of Missouri’s attorneys:

“Stange has served as a recurrent speaker for MoBarCLE’s Annual Law Update. He has also presented at the Annual Family Law Conference, CLE by the Sea, Family Law Essentials, and How to Build and Manage Firm Success seminars … For all of his service on behalf of the legal community, please join The Missouri Bar in thanking Kirk C. Stange!”

Kirk has also served as a Mentor to other attorneys through the Missouri Bar Mentoring Program. In that role, the Missouri Bar assigned Kirk attorneys to mentor.

Kirk is a member of the Law Society at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Further, Kirk is an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law where he has served as a trial school instructor at the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques. Kirk is also the President of the Missouri Collaborative Institute. The Missouri Collaborative Institute is a practice group of professionals dedicated to promoting collaborative practice as an alternative dispute resolution method for those who are going through divorce and family law matters.

Kirk earned his Juris Doctor form the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law. Kirk was one of ten in his law school class selected as a member of the Order of the Barristers for his courtroom advocacy skills. Kirk furthered his education by graduating from the ABA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute. He is now licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Through his dedication to clients and their family law cases, Kirk has been recognized for numerous awards including:

  • Super Lawyers – Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for Family Law, 2015 to Present ( The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state.)
  • Super Lawyers – Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars for Family Law, 2013 and 2014
  • Family Lawyer Magazine Recommended, 2019 – Present

Kirk has written on family law topics. For example, Kirk authored a chapter in a book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) in 2012 titled: Strategies for Military Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Family Law in the Armed Forces (Inside the Minds). Kirk published a full-length book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Publishing) in 2014 titled: Prenuptial Agreements Line by Line. Further, in 2015, Kirk authored another chapter in a book through Thomson Reuters (Aspatore Published) titled: Strategies for Illinois Family Law: Leading Lawyers on Leveraging Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiating Alimony and Child Support, and Managing Client Expectations (Inside the Minds).

In 2019, Kirk was asked to co-author two chapters in the 2019 Cumulative Supplement to Chapter 13 “Adult Protection Orders and Child Protection Orders” and the 2019 Cumulative Supplement to Chapter 29 “Rights of the Unwed,” in Missouri Family Law (7th ed.) published by The Missouri Bar. This desk book, which is used by attorneys around the state, gives information to family law attorneys on the latest developments in family law.

Kirk also enjoys spending time volunteering for the community. For his service to the community, Kirk, along with his wife, Paola, received the 2015 Making a Difference Award from Old Newsboys and the 2016 Golden Plate Award. In Spring of 2020, it was announced that Kirk and Paola would serve as co-chairs for Old Newsboys for 2020-21. Old Newsboys is a non-profit organization that has raised millions of dollars for hundreds of area children’s charities. At Maryville University, Kirk was also on the National Leadership Council (2017-2020) and the Advisory Council for Kids Rock Cancer (2013-2020).

When he is not at work, Kirk enjoys spending time with his wife/partner, Paola, and their children. Kirk also attends church, and is a member, at The Journey Tower Grove. In his free time, Kirk also enjoys riding his boat on Carlyle Lake, playing indoor soccer, watching Cardinals’ baseball, St. Louis Blues’ hockey or St. Louis FC and Ambush soccer. Additionally, Kirk enjoys listening to Americana music (rock merged with folk, country and blues) and plays various musical instruments, including bass guitar and violin, and used to play in several local bands.

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Published Works & Related

 

Representative Cases

 

Classes/Seminars

 

  • Advanced Divorce Law, National Business Institute (03/09/21)
  • Strategically handling Parental Alienation in Custody Cases, National Business Institute (11/19/20)
  • Divorce Litigation From Start to Finish, National Business Institute (11/02/20)
  • Trial of a Divorce Case, National Business Institute (10/09/20)
  • Dividing Stock Options in Divorce, National Business Institute (09/15/20)
  • What’s love got to do with it? Tips for Advising the Distraught Divorce Client, National Business Institute (09/02/20)
  • Divorce Discovery: What to Ask For, National Business Institute (08/10/20)
  • Family Law From A to Z, National Business Institute (06/24/20)
  • 2020 Annual Law Update, St. Charles, The Missouri Bar, Family Law Section (06/19/20)
  • 2020 Annual Law Update, St. Louis (Chesterfield), The Missouri Bar, Family Law Section (05/28/20)
  • Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the “Rambo” Litigator, National Business Institute (05/21/20)
  • Pre-nup Agreements: Avoiding the Top Mistakes, National Business Institute (05/12/20)
  • Adding Video-Conference Technology Into Your Law Practice, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (04/20/20)
  • Divorce Attorney’s Guide to Taxes, National Business Institute (04/08/20)
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide, National Business Institute (02/27/2020-02/28/2020)
  • E-mail & Text Message Evidence in Divorce & Family Litigation, MOBarCLE (08/02/19)
  • 2019 Annual Law Update St. Charles, The Missouri Bar, Family Law Section (06/14/19)
  • Top Challenges in Family Law, National Business Institute (06/12/19)
  • 2019 Annual Law Update, St. Louis, The Missouri Bar, Family Law Section (05/23/19)
  • Deposition Strategies in Divorce, National Business Institute (02/21/19)
  • The Trial of a Divorce Case, Federal Bar Association (02/20/19)
  • The Trial of a Divorce Case, myLawCLE (02/20/19)
  • Collaborative Divorce Process, Federal Bar Association (02/18/19)
  • Collaborative Divorce Process, myLawCLE (02/18/19)
  • Social Media in Divorce , National Business Institute (02/13/19)
  • Pre-nup Agreements: Avoiding the Top Mistakes, National Business Institute (01/30/19)
  • Discovering Hidden Assets in Divorce, National Business Institute (12/19/18)
  • 50 Tech Tips, Sites & Gadgets, MOBarCLE (10/26/18)
  • E-mail & Text Message Evidence in Litigation, MOBarCLE (10/26/18)
  • E:Discovery: Apps & Emerging Technology You Need to Know About, MOBarCLE (10/26/18)
  • Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide, National Business Institute (6/27/18)
  • Advanced Divorce Law, National Business Institute (06/22/18)
  • 2018 Annual Law Update CLE, St. Charles, The Missouri Bar (06/15/18)
  • Social Media as Investigative Research , 2018 Solo & Small Firm Conference (6/09/18)
  • 2018 Annual Law Update CLE, St. Louis, The Missouri Bar (05/24/18)
  • The Ethics of Social Media and Electronic Discovery, CLE by the SEA (3/8/18)
  • The Ethics of Social Media Media and Electronic Discovery, Missouri Bar (3/8/18)
  • Drafting Family Law Agreements, National Business Institute (2/1/18)
  • Text Message Evidence in Divorce Litigation, National Business Institute (Teleconference) , January 18, 2018 – Present
  • Dividing Property in Divorce: What Lawyers Need to Know about Double Dipping, Federal Bar Association (1/16/18)
  • Dividing Property in Divorce: What Lawyers Need to Know about Double Dipping, Palm Beach County Bar Association (1/16/18)
  • Dividing Property in Divorce: What Lawyers Need to Know about Double Dipping, myLawCLE (1/16/18)
  • Paperless Office for Paralegals & Attorneys, myLawCLE (1/15/18)
  • Smart Phone, Electronic and Social Media Evidence in Divorce and Family Litigation (12/1/17), West LegalEdcenter
  • Business Valuations in Divorce Law, Clear Law Institute, November 21, 2017 – Present
  • Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) in Divorce Cases: An Overview in Child Custody Litigation, myLawCLE (9/20/17)
  • A Paralegal’s Guide to Handling Custody & Support Issues, myLawCLE (9/20/17)
  • Discovery & Use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email and Smartphone Evidence: The Ultimate Guide, myLawCLE (9/19/17)
  • A Paralegal’s Guide to Out of State Discovery, myLawCLE (9/19/17)
  • Social Media and Electronic Evidence in Family Law , Clear Law Institute , August 22, 2017 – Present
  • Motions in Divorce , National Business Institute (7/25/17), July 25, 2017
  • The Scales of Justice: Investigating Claims in a Digital Age, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys , June 22, 2017 – June 25, 2017
  • Investigating Claims in the Digital Age, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (6/24/17)
  • Family Law Section – 2017 Annual Law Update, Missouri Bar (5/25/17 & 6/23/17)
  • Case Management Tips & Keys to Managing Financial Information, National Business Institute (6/8/2017), June 8, 2017 – Present
  • Family Law From Start to Finish , National Business Institute , May 22, 2017 – Present
  • Email and Computer Evidence in Divorce, National Business Institute (3/09/17)
  • Deposition Strategies in Divorce and Custody Cases: Taking and Defending Depositions of Parties, Lay Witnesses and Experts , Strafford Publications (2/23/17)
  • Divorce Property Division and Trust Assets, Clear Law Institute (2/21/17)
  • Smartphone, Text and Social Media Evidence in Family Law, National Business Institute (2/15/17)
  • Prenuptial Agreements & Domestic Asset Protection Trusts: A General Overview of Both & the Differences, My Law CLE (2/3/17)
  • Family Law and Same-Sex Marriages: Divorce, Custody, Support & Embryos ? Where It Stops ? Nobody Knows , Missouri Bar (1/11/17-1/13/17)
  • Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques- Trial Skills Instructor, Emory University School of Law, 2016 – 2017
  • Divorce Property Division and Trust Assets: Strategies for Attacking or Defending Trusts, Strafford Publications (11/2/16)
  • Family Law: Navigating the Fundamentals, National Business Institute (10/28/16)
  • NBI National Webcast: Handling Complex Family Law Issues (10/20/15 and 10/19/16)
  • Business Interests in Divorce Litigation, My Law CLE (10/06/16)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Business Valuation in Divorce, National Business Institute (9/1/2016)
  • Family Law Practice Webinar Series on Property Division, Half Moon Education (8/25/16)
  • Family Law Conference: Facebook Evidence in Divorce, Missouri Bar (8/4/16-8/6/16 in Branson, MO)
  • Law Practice Management Series, Telephone Seminar: How to Build and Manage Success, Missouri Bar (6/28/16)
  • Annual Law Update – Family Law, Missouri Bar (5/26/16 in St. Louis and 6/24/16 in St. Charles)
  • Discovery of Social Media Use and Other Electronic Evidence in Divorce: A Paralegal’s Guide, Institute for Paralegal Education (6/23/14)
  • Live Video Broadcast: Smart Phone, E-Mail, Social Media and Electronic Evidence in Family Law Litigation, MyLawCLE (6/8/16)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Family Law Litigation, National Business Institute (5/24/16)
  • NBI National Audio Webcast: Divorce Law: Top 5 Challenges, National Business Institute (5/17/16)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Dividing Businesses in Divorce, National Business Institute (4/25/16)
  • Divorce Law Guide from A to Z, National Business Institute (6/25/13) and (4/21/16)
  • NBI National Webcast: Challenging Experts in Divorce, National Business Institute (4/14/16)
  • NBI Live Teleconference: Email Evidence in Divorce Litigation, National Business Institute (4/4/16)
  • Family Law Essentials: Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements, Missouri Bar (4/1/16)
  • NBI National Webcast: Advanced Divorce Law, National Business Institute (2/23/16)
  • NBI National Webcast: Discovery and Evidence in Divorce, National Business Institute (2/4/16)
  • NBI National Webcast: Discovery Evidence and Divorce , National Business Institute (10/10/13, 6/10/14 and 2/4/16)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Smart Phone and Social Media Evidence in Divorce Litigation, National Business Institute (6/4/14, 12/2/14, 6/16/15, 1/26/16 and 7/12/16)
  • NBI National Webcast: Family Law Boot Camp, National Business Institute (12/9/15 and 12/10/15)
  • A Paralegal’s Guide: Divorce Cases from Start to Finish, Institute for Paralegal Education (11/5/2015 in St. Louis)
  • NBI National Webcast: Advanced Discovery in Divorce, National Business Institute (10/30/15)
  • Missouri Bar lex | Port Tech Ex: Social Media Evidence & Discovery and Admission, Missouri Bar (10/27/15)
  • Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice for Paralegals, Half Moon Education (9/18/15)
  • Managing the Discovery Process: A Paralegal’s Guide – Paralegal National Webcast, Institute for Paralegal Education (6/26/14 and 8/11/15)
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Drafting, Negotiations and Enforcement Disputes, Missouri Bar Family Law Conference (8/8/15)
  • NBI National Teleconference: The Family Attorneys’ Guide to DAPTs, National Business Institute (7/22/15)
  • Annual Law Update – Family Law, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (6/26/15 in St. Louis)
  • Divorce Property Division and Trust Assets: Strategies for Attacking or Defending Trusts, Strafford Publications Webinar (6/17/15)
  • NBI National Webcast: Divorce Law from A to Z, National Business Institute (6/16/15)
  • Social Media & Electronic Evidence: Discovery & Admission, Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference (6/13/15)
  • Annual Law Update – Family Law, Missouri Bar (5/21/15 in St. Louis)
  • Telephone Seminar: Adoptions and Name Changes, Missouri Bar (4/15/15)
  • IPE National Webcast: Out of State Discovery for Paralegals, Institute for Paralegal Education (4/7/15)
  • NBI National Webcast: Advanced issues in Divorce, National Business Institute (3/20/15)
  • Family Law Essentials: Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements, Missouri Bar (3/13/15)
  • The Paralegals Guide to Managing E-Discovery, Institute for Paralegal Education (11/20/14)
  • NBI National Teleconference: Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Drafting, Negotiations, Disputes, National Business Institute (10/23/14)
  • NBI National Webcast: Dividing Trust Assets in Divorce, National Business Institute (9/22/14)
  • Smart Phone and Social Media Evidence for Lawyers and Judges, Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Omaha, Nebraska (8/7/14)
  • Discovery and Admission of Social Media and Electronic Evidence, Missouri Bar Family Law Conference (8/2/14)
  • Annual Law Update – Family Law (5/22/14 in St. Louis and 06/27/14 in St. Charles), Missouri Bar
  • NBI National Audio Webcast: Smart Phone and Social Media Evidence in Divorce Litigation , National Business Institute (6/4/14)
  • NBI National Webcast: Juvenile Law, National Business Institute (4/22/14)
  • Family Law Essentials: Negotiating and Drafting Settlement Agreements , Missouri Bar (3/14/14)
  • Advanced Family Law, National Business Institute (12/6/13)
  • Annual Law Update – Family Law, Missouri Bar (5/23/13 in St. Louis and 6/27/13 in St. Charles)
  • Annual Law Update – Family Law, Missouri Bar (6/28/12 in St. Charles)
  • Handling Divorce Cases From Start To Finish (Exploring Custody, Visitation and Support Issues and Ethical Perils in Divorce Practice , National Business Institute (5/17/12)
  • Advanced Family Law (Non-Traditional Family Structures & Paternity Disputes, Contempt & Military Divorce, National Business Institute (3/11/11)

Honors and Awards

 

  • Super Lawyers – 2015 to 2019 – Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for Family Law
  • Super Lawyers – 2013 and 2014 – Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars for Family Law
  • AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating
  • Lead Counsel Rated For Divorce/Family Law, Lead Counsel, 2014 – Present
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Missouri, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys in Eastern Missouri (NAFLA), 2014 – Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014 – Present
  • Top Ranked U.S. Executives, National Council of American Executives, 2014
  • The National Advocates – Top 100 Lawyers, Matrimonial and Family Law, 2015-Present
  • Rue Ratings’ – Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member
  • Top American Lawyers – Lifetime Charter Member
  • The Lawyers of Distinction, 2016 – Present
  • Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015-Present
  • Family Lawyer Magazine Recommended, 2019 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

 

  • Family Law Section, Missouri Bar
  • Family Law Section, American Bar Association, Member
  • Mediator
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, Graduate, 2006
  • Collaborative Family Law Attorney
  • Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law, 2016 – Present
  • Global Collaborative Law Council, Associate Member, 2016 – Present
  • Maryville University National Leadership Council, Ambassador, 2017 – 2020
  • Missouri Collaborative Institute, President, 2017 – Present
  • FindLaw, Innovation Board, 2017 – Present
  • Kids Rock Cancer at Maryville University, Advisory Council, 2013 – 2020
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals CEU/CLE Subcommittee of the IACP Forum’s Local Host Committee, 2019
  • Member, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Wildwood Chapter of Business Network International, President, 2003 – 2004

Community Involvement

 

  • Member, Clayton-Ladue Rotary, Paul Harris Fellow, 2007 – Present
  • Mentor, Missouri Bar Mentoring Program, 2008 – 2012
  • Intern, United States Congress, 1997
  • Kids Rock Cancer, Advisory Council, Maryville University, 2013 – 2020
  • Making a Difference Award, Old Newsboys, 2015
  • Golden Plate Award, Old Newsboys, 2016
  • National Leadership Council, Maryville University, 2017 – 2020
  • Member, The Missouri Bar 2018 “CLE by the Sea” Committee, 2017 – 2018
  • Law Society, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • Columns Society, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Published Author, JD Supra, LLC, 2018 – Present
  • Co-chair at Old Newsboys, 2020-21

Faternities/Sororities

 

  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

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