Paola A. Stange, Esq.

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Mediation
  • Guardian ad Litem
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Paternity
  • Child Support
  • Grandparent Visitation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Georgia (inactive)


  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Juris Doctorate
    • Honors: Member, Moot Court Society
    • Honors: Semi-Finalist, Oral Argument Competition
    • Honors: James C. Pratt Award for Best Brief Submitted by all Contestants
    • Honors: Member, Lamar Inn of Court
  • Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.S.
    • Major: Biology

Paola A. Stange, Esq.

Founding Partner

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 has been recognized for numerous awards for her experience in family law, including:

  • Super Lawyers – Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars for Family Law, 2013 – Present
Paola enjoys giving back to her community through volunteer work. Paola and Kirk received the 2016 Golden Plate Award from Old Newsboys as well as the 2015 Making a Difference Award.  In Spring of 2020, it was announced that Paola and Kirk 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 St. Louis area children’s charities.  Additionally, Paola is on the Board of Directors for the Mid-County YMCA and on the Board of Trustees for Endangered Wolf Center. The Mid-County YMCA focuses on offering programs and services that focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The Endangered Wolf Center was founded more than four decades ago to focus on the recovery of the endangered wolf population so that they can be returned to their native habitats.

Further, Paola was part of the 2017 Emory University School of Law Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques where she served as an adjunct professor in the role of a trial skills instructor. In 2019, Paola was nominated and received an invitation to serve as a member on the Emory Law Alumni Board.

Paola was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia when she was three and relocated to St. Louis, Missouri in 2007.  Paola is fluent in both English and Spanish. She and Kirk are married and have two children

Paola, a former high school and college cheerleader, enjoys dancing and staying active.  Incapable of sleeping late, even on the weekends, her family accuses her of being unable to sit still.  Horseback riding and yoga are her favorite activities.  Mrs. Stange recently returned to her cheerleading/gymnastic roots and is practicing acro-yoga skills at the local jams.  When Paola does stop moving, she enjoys binge watching “Criminal Minds” or “The Vampire Diaries” on Netflix.  She is also regular at her favorite Shell gas station where she gets her signature 44oz Polar Pop.

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  • The Ethics of Social Media and Electronic Discovery, CLE by the SEA (3/8/18)
  • Family Law and Same-Sex Marriages: Divorce, Custody, Support & Embryos? Where It Stops? Nobody Knows, Missouri Bar (1/11/17-1/13/17)
  • A Paralegal’s Guide: Divorce Cases from Start to Finish, Institute for Paralegal Education (11/5/2015 in St. Louis)
  • Commentator, Annual Law Update, Missouri Bar (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015)
  • International Families: Dilemmas in child custody and visitation (August 2, 2014), Missouri Bar Family Law Conference
  • International Child Abduction Risk: Hague Convention and Enforcement, Drafting Appropriate Parenting Plans (Speaker – 12/6/13 in Clayton), Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, – December 6, 2013
  • Persuasive Presentation Skills for Lawyers (Commentator – 3/15/13 in St. Louis), Missouri Bar, – March 15, 2013
  • Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers – Missouri & Kansas Rising Stars, 2013 – Present
  • Outstanding DV Court Volunteer GAL Award, St. Louis County Circuit Court, 2011
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA) – Top 40 under 40 Missouri Lawyers for Family Law, 2014 – Present
  • AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Top 10 Missouri Family Law Attorney Under 40, 2014 – Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40, 2014 – Present
  • Lead Counsel – Lead Counsel Rated for Divorce/Family Law, 2014 – Present
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys – 10 Best Family Law Attorney in Missouri Under 40, 2014-Present
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Top One Percent, 2015 – Present
  • The National Advocates – Top 40 Under 40 in Missouri, 2015 – Present
  • Rue Ratings’ – Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys – 10 Best for Client Satisfaction Under 40, 2016
  • American Jurist Institute – 2016 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Missouri, 2016
  • Top American Lawyers – Lifetime Charter Member
  • The Lawyers of Distinction – 2016
  • America’s Greatest Attorneys – 2017
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys – Top 10 Missouri Family Law Attorney, 2017 – Present
  • Attorney & Practice Magazine – Top 10 Attorney in Missouri for Family Law – 2018
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2018
  • Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mediator
  • American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, Graduate, 2007
  • Adjunct Professor, Emory University School of Law, 2016 – Present
  • Missouri Collaborative Institute, Member, 2017 – Present
  • Emory Law Alumni Board, Member, September 1, 2019 – Present
  • Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Guardian ad Litem
  • St. Louis County Circuit Court Rules Committee, 2010
  • Formerly on the Board of Directors, Kids in the Middle
  • Making a Difference Award, Old Newsboys, 2015
  • Board of Directors for the Mid-County YMCA, 2016 – Present
  • Gold Plate Award, Old Newsboys, 2016
  • Board of Trustee’s for the Endangered Wolf Center , 2017 – Present
  • Board of Directors (Treasurer) for Old Newsboys, 2018 – Present
  • Co-chair at Old Newsboys, 2020-21
  • Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Protect Yourself By Understanding Your Options and Knowing Your Rights



    Stange Law Firm, PC

    120 S. Central Avenue, Suite 450

    St. Louis (Clayton), Missouri 63105

    Toll Free: 855-805-0595
    Fax: 314-963-9191


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    Family Law Legal Services At Your Fingertips


    When you choose us, you don’t have to sacrifice quality or service. You get the resources of a large divorce and family law firm AND the attentive service of a local attorney.


    KIRK C. STANGE, ESQ Partner Clayton, Missouri PAOLA A. STANGE, ESQ Partner Clayton, Missouri JILLIAN A. WOOD, ESQ Partner Clayton, Missouri KELLY DAVIDZUK, ESQ Partner

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