Kelly joined SKO in 2017 from the merger with Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn. Kelly is co-chair of the firm’s Family Law practice and a member of the Business Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation, Tort, Trial & Insurance Services, and Trusts & Estates practices. She has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 2002, is a registered Family Law Mediator and trained in Collaborative Practice and Parenting Coordination.
I focus my practice on helping families through divorce, custody, parenting time and child support disputes, with minimal conflict.
To determine values of business and personal assets, I work with clients, evaluation experts and accountants to determine values of business and personal assets and debts, and find a method to fairly divide them. I consult with therapists and Guardians Ad Litem to develop options that will meet the needs of children and promote their continued well-being.
To avoid time-consuming and costly litigation, I work as a mediator, collaborative practitioner and parenting coordinator to help clients resolve custody and parenting time disputes.
The concept of collaborative practice—agreeing to avoid litigation in a divorce—is a growing area, as family law practitioners and mental health experts identify the long lasting negative impact of high conflict divorce. Collaborative practice requires strong mediation skills, creative problem solving and a determination to find solutions to difficult family problems. Merely presenting a case and getting a court ruling can leave families with ongoing conflicts. The collaborative model can help resolve disputes, often with the use of financial planners, child therapists, co-parenting trainers and other third-party resources.
Some high conflict families have difficulty parenting after divorce and find themselves repeatedly returning to the courthouse. For those families, Parenting Coordination will provide potential solutions. A parenting coordinator assigned to a family can help resolve conflicts as they arise within the framework of the existing court order. Parenting coordinators can meet with all family members, and speak with therapists and teachers. They can mediate disputes, make certain decisions within the existing court orders, and make recommendations to the judge.