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Ronald W. Nelson

Ronald W. Nelson

Practice areas:

Family, Child Custody, Divorce & Separation, Child Support, Appeals

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About Me

Recognized throughout Kansas and the United States as an accomplished  family law practitioner, Ronald W. Nelson frequently speaks on complex issues in family law at seminars for local, regional, and national legal groups. He is a contributing author to the "Practitioner’s Guide on Kansas Family Law," published by the Kansas Bar Association (2011 & 1997 with supplements) with chapters on “Divorce, Separate Maintenance and Annulment” [Chapter 2], and “Child Custody, Parenting Time and Visitation” [Chapter 6] and he has written on complex issues in family law for regional and national legal publications. He often testifies to the Kansas Legislature on issues affecting families and family law. He was instrumental in helping to make significant revisions in Kansas child custody laws in 2000 and helped with the recodification of the Kansas Family Law Code in 2011. Mr. Nelson works to improve access to the courts for the general public having helped draft family law forms for Kansas statewide use.


 


Mr. Nelson has been involved various leadership positions in the American Bar Association Family Law Section for nearly 20 years, serving 6-years on the Section Governing Council and ABA Family Law Section Committees including: Long-Range Planning, Scope and Correlation, Child Custody, Sponsorship, Membership & Benefit Development, and other substantive and governing committees.


 


Mr. Nelson is a member of the Family Law Advisory Committee of the Kansas Judicial Council, Chair of the Family Law Bench-Bar Committee of the Johnson County Bar Association, a Founding Master of the Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court, a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and a Fellow in the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML). He was the the American Bar Association Family Law Section Advisor for the Uniform Laws Commission Committee drafting amendments to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) implementing the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and Protection of Children, was a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section committee drafting a Model Relocation Act, and he is an observer to the Uniform Laws Commission Study Committee on Third Party Custody and Visitation of Children.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1981

  1. Child Custody: 25%
    31 years
  2. Family: 25%
    31 years
  3. Divorce & Separation: 20%
    31 years
  4. Appeals: 15%
    34 years
  5. Child Support: 15%
    31 years

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Steven Donald Henry

    I have known Ron for many years as a fellow lawyer in the community and as a friend. Ron is well versed in all areas of family law. He is intelligent, analytical, diligent, thoughtful, and compassionate. Ron has a passion for best practice standards in the legal profession, and he is always willing to contribute of himself in ways to benefit the legal community. Ron is held in high regard within the Family Law legal community, and it is without hesitation that I heartily endorse him.

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    Steven Henry Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Ronald. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Ronald W Nelson, PA

11900 West 87th Street Parkway
Suite 117
Lenexa, KS, 66215-4517

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
KSAuthorized to practice law198105/31/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Chair's Cup for Meritorious ServiceAmerican Bar Association, Family Law Section2012
Outstanding ServiceAmerican Bar Association, Family Law Section2011
Award of MeritNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children2008
Award of MeritNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children2006
Award of MeritNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children2004
Award of MeritNational Center for Missing and Exploited Children2003
Chair's Cup for Meritorious ServiceAmerican Bar Association, Family Law Section2001

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal/AttorneyRonald W Nelson, PA2009 - Present
Senior PartnerNelson & Booth2003 - 2008
PartnerRose, Nelson and Booth Law Firm2001 - 2002
Managing PartnerRose & Nelson1993 - 2000
Sole PractitionerLaw Offices of Ronald W Nelson1987 - 1992
Associate AttorneyAlder & Nelson1981 - 1986

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair, Scope & Correlation Committee2011 - 2012
Kansas Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionMember2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Scope CommitteeVice-Chair2009 - 2011
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Custody CommitteeChair2007 - 2008
Johnson County Bar Association, Family Law Bench/Bar Committee, Subcommittee on Temporary OrdersMember2006 - 2008
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Custody CommitteeVice-Chair2005 - 2007
Kansas Bar Association, Family Law SectionLegislative Liaison2005 - Present
International Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2004 - Present
Kansas Bar Association, Family Law SectionPresident2003 - 2004
Kansas Bar Association, Family Law SectionPresident2002 - 2003
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Technology Oversight CommitteeChair2002 - 2009
American Bar Association, Family Law Section Membership Benefits CommitteeMember2001 - Present
Washburn Law School AssociationLife Member2001 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Long Range Planning CommitteeChair2000 - 2001
Kansas Bar Association, Family Law SectionPresident2000 - 2001
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Long Range Planning CommitteeVice-Chair1999 - 2000
Johnson County Bar Association, Family Law Bench/Bar Committee, Subcommittee on Revision of Guidelines on Parenting TimeChair1999 - 2000
Kansas Bar Association, Family Law SectionPresident-Elect1999 - 2000
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Custody CommitteeVice-Chair1998 - 2001
Kansas Bar Association, Family Law SectionExecutive Committee1998 - Present
Kansas Bar Association, Family Law SectionPublications Director1998 - 1999
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow1998 - Present
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Long Range Planning CommitteeSecretary1998 - 1999
American Inns of Court — Earl E. O’Connor ChapterBarrister1996 - 1999
Kansas Bar Association, Legislative CommitteeMember1991 - Present
American Judicature SocietyMemberN/A
Association of Family and Conciliation CourtsMemberN/A
Johnson County Bar Association, Family Law Bench/Bar CommitteeMemberN/A
International Child Abduction Attorneys NetworkMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Kansas Bar Association, Family Law SectionMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Hague Application of Magstadtova vs. MagstadtWon appeal
Marriage of RonenWon appeal
State ex rel vs. StrotcampWon appeal

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Practitioner's Guide to Kansas Family Law (2d Ed.)Child Custody, Parenting Time, and Third Party Visitation2010
Practitioner's Guide to Kansas Family Law (2d Ed)Divorce, Separate Maintenance, & Annulment2010
Family Advocate (ABA)Going to Trial — Building Your Case with Facts and Focus2004
Kansas Bar AssociationRevisions to the Kansas Domestic Relations Laws — 2000 Legislative Session2000
Divorce LitigationTroxel vs. Granville: The Supreme Court Wades into the Quagmire of Third Party Visitation2000
Johnson County Bar Association NewsletterSummary of Changes Made to Kansas Domestic Relations Law by House Substitute for SB 1502000
ABA Family Law QuarterlyLegal Ethics and the Internet: Ethical Considerations in Electronic Communications Between Attorneys and Clients1999
American Journal of Family LawManaging the High-Conflict Child Custody Case1999
Divorce LitigationPaternity Support Retroactivity and Statutes of Limitation — A Fifty State Survey1999
Practitioner's Guide to Kansas Family LawDivorce, Separate Maintenance, & Annulment1998
Practitioner's Guide to Kansas Family LawChild Custody & Visitation1998
Divorce LitigationThe UCCJA and the UCCJEA: A Side-by-Side Comparison1998

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washburn University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Kansas State UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
KCSEA Annual ConventionUniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)2012
Family Law Update 2011Family Law Alphabet Soup: Uniform Laws2011
Divorce 101Where is the Law?2011
ABA Trial Advocacy Institute - 2011ABA Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Institute 20112011
The Special Needs Family in Family CourtSpecial Needs Families, Custody, Support and Psychology2010
Nevada Family Jurisdiction Judges Conference - 2010The Impact of Religion in Child Custody Cases2010
Missouri Judicial ConferenceUniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)2010
Missouri Bar Association Annual MeetingEnforcement Procedures Under the UCCJEA2010
Divorce 101: Handling Your First DivorceDivorce 101: Where is the Law?2010
ABA Family Law Section Spring 2010 ConferenceCustody and the Special Needs Child2010
ABA Family Law Section 2010 Trial Advocacy InstituteABA Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Institute 20102010
4th Annual Domestic Case Management ConferenceRepresenting Clients in the Difficult Case2010
The Special Needs Family in Family CourtSpecial Needs Families, Custody, Support and Psychology2009
Kansas Bar Association Family Law InstitutePractitioner’s Guide to Family Law – Child Custody Legislative and Case Law Update2009
Kansas Bar Association Annual Conference - 2009The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction2009
Johnson County Family Law Bench-Bar Conference - 20092009 Kansas Case Law and Statutory Update2009
American Bar Association Annual Conference - 2009Hot Tips from the Experts – UIFSA & UCCJEA Modification Jurisdiction2009
Alabama AAML Annual ConferenceSpecial Needs Families: The Special Needs Family in Court2009
ABA Family Law Section 2009 Trial Advocacy InstituteABA Family Law Section 2009 Trial Advocacy Institute2009
Paralegal TrainingAssisting the Family Law Attorney with Child Custody Issues2008
Age Appropriate Parenting PlansAge Appropriate Parenting Plans2008
Parenting Coordinators: What They Do, Can They Help?Parenting Coordinators: What They Do, Can They Help?2007
Missouri BarThe UCCJEA: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You2007
KCMBA Family Law Seminars - International LawInternational Family Law: The Hague Abduction Convention and Other International Family Law Issues2007
Johnson County Bar AssociationRevising the Johnson County Rules: Family Court Rules and Forms2007
A Kansas Perspective (KCMBA)The Uniform Acts: UCCJEA, UPAA and UIFSA 20012007
Missouri Bar Association, Family Law Section, Annual MeetingThe Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the UCCJEA/UCCJA2006
Johnson County Bar AssociationHigh Conflict Divorce, The Johnson County, Kansas Family Court After One Year2006
Education Institute — Aspen, ColoradoInternational Child Abduction and the UCCJEA2005
American Bar Association, Family Law Section, Spring MeetingDevelopments in Child Custody Jurisdiction Law — the UCCJEA2005