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Kristin Renee Hayes Kirkner

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tampa, FL

3.0   6 reviews
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2004
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Kristin

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Professional, effective and knowledgable counsel in cases involving Divorce, Parenting plan/custody, Child support, Alimony and Equitable Distribution. I take a practical approach to each case and strive to make sure that each of my clients gets personal and individual attention.

    20 years

  2. Alimony
    Alimony is a crucial consideration in many dissolution cases. My goal is to get each client to the next step in their life and to make sure they have the resources to move forward.

    20 years

  3. Family
    Professional, effective and compassionate counsel in cases involving Divorce, Parenting plan/custody, Child support, Alimony, Enforcement, Modification and Prenuptial agreements, Postnuptial agreements Paternity, Domestic violence injunctions, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) and Stepparent adoptions

    20 years

  4. Military law
    I offer experience and knowledge to service-members and their spouses going through a divorce. A divorce in the military need special consideration with regard to the parenting schedule, family care plan, division of military retired pay and Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP). Mishandling these items can cost you in the future. As a military spouse myself, I know the specific requirements of the military and the difficulties involved in military divorces.

    19 years

Kristin Kirkner has focused her practice on family law and military family law since 2004.  By limiting her practice to family law, includingdivorce, paternity, custody, child support, alimony and military divorces, Kristin has been able to focus on the one area that best utilizes her negotiation and litigation skills. Kristin is Board Certified in Marital and Family Law in the State of Florida, and has been accepted in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit for the State of Florida as an expert in military divorces and division of military pensions.

Kristin is the Chair of the Marital and Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association for 2014-2015, having served as the Chair Elect in 2013-2014, the Secretary from 2012-2013 and a member of the Executive Council since 2008.  Kristin was selected by SuperLawyers as a “Rising Star” in the area of family law in 2013 and 2014, an honor that is bestowed on less than 2.5% of lawyers each year and has been named by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as a “Top 10 under 40” for Family Law in Florida.  Although the 2014 board certification in Marital and Family Law in the State of Florida is her most recent achievement, she has long been a high achiever, having graduated cum laude from Colorado State University with her B.A. in 1999 and received her J.D., cum laude, from Arizona State University in 2003.

Kristin is a member of the Family Law Inn of Court, the Hillsborough County Association of Women Lawyers and State Bar of Florida. Kristin was selected to participate in the Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute in 2008-2009, and she served as a volunteer judge for the Hillsborough County Teen Court program from 2005 to 2006.

Before opening Kirkner Family Law Group, Kristin was a partner at DeCort & Kirkner P.L. from 2010-2014 and an associate attorney at the The Law Office of Donald P. DeCort, P.A. from 2005 to 2010 and staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Services from 2004 to 2005, where she focused on domestic violence law and domestic violence injunctions.

Kristin grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and worked at LexisNexis before attending law school. She moved to Florida in 2004 when her husband was stationed at MacDill Air Force base, and found a true home in the Tampa Bay area.  Kristin is a proud military spouse and the mother of two girls.



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Posted by Richard Mockler | December 31, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Military Divorce Expert
I pushed my client to hire Kristin Kirkner as an expert witness in a military divorce case. He asked me, if you're such a great lawyer, why do we need Kristin? After winning the hearing on all issues, he told me that I was a great lawyer because I knew to hire Kristin. I think that says it all. She is amazing.
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I would recommend Kristin K to anyone! I'm very thankful for her. She has helped me tremendously with all my cases over the years and now (divorce, domestic violence, full custody, child support) and has stood by my side the whole way through. The office staff is very nice and helpful too. Kristin's secretary always kept me informed of my cases and answered my questions in the same business day.
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2012
Excellent Divorce and Child Custody Attorney
Kristin is the most outstanding, intelligent, and supportive attorney I have ever worked with, and I have interacted with many top attorneys both professionally and personally. She handled my divorce and continues to handle occasional post judgment issues for me. My divorce was a nightmare and especially challenging due to issues involving child custody, military service, domestic violence, division of property, and Federal tax liabilities. She persevered and prevailed, and I am eternally grateful for her outstanding representation in addition to her more than reasonable fee structure. She dug me out of a financial nightmare that would have crippled me for life and compromised the quality of my children’s lives. Her depth of experience ensured that me and my children are financially protected and physically and emotionally safe. She listened to every detail, painstakingly read every long and drawn-out email, and helped me separate the facts and emotions. When I initially presented my case to her, it was a mess to say the least, and she initially protected me with a postnuptial agreement that was iron clad and later survived an assault of challenges from my ex-husband’s attorney that had many years of experience in both trial and appellate matters. She took the time to explain every step of the process and alternative avenues. She was always attentive and diligent in ensuring the best interests of the children were served, and she was able to diffuse highly volatile legal and personal issues between me and my ex-husband. She went above and beyond to respond to my emails after office hours, on weekends, and even when she was on vacation. She was masterful both strategically and in the courtroom. She is highly intelligent, articulate, efficient, experienced, and displays the highest level of integrity. I quickly observed that the judge in my matter respected her, and Kristin prevailed on every motion and issue in my matter. She has a positive relationship with everyone at the courthouse which was extremely helpful in scheduling matters. She is highly respected by her peers and has a reputation for being one of the best. Her staff is likewise incredible, always pleasant, professional, highly skilled, attentive to every detail, and there were never any mistakes, oversights, or delays. Words cannot express how grateful I am to Kristin for her outstanding representation, and I highly recommend her as the “best” without hesitation. She has enabled me and my children to move on to the next chapter in our lives. We are happy, emotionally healthy, financially secure, and -- for the first time in many, many years -- I see a positive relationship growing between the children and their father.
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Posted by Jeff | October 18, 2021
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Not a military divorce legal expert
When splitting up my assets, my uniformed service TSP account paperwork frommthe court order not only had errors on it that the TSP rejected and sent back that needed correction. Additionally, my lawyers did not put in the language in the court order submitted to keep the combat zone tax exempt portion of my Uniformed services TSP from all of my deployments, from being distributed to my ex-spouse who ended up receiving over $30k of my tax exempt combat zone contributions and earnings because the court order did not specify otherwise to the TSP. Going into the mediation the plan was not to pay alimony ontop of my military pension per the law, and were going to request a court ordered educational assessment of my ex-spouse who had a masters degree and is in perfect health to get a job to support herself instead of living off of welfare from me. However, under duress from the situation and over 6 hours of mediation, the lawyers and mediator met in a seperate room and came back recommending to me to sign the mediation agreement to pay alimony for 6 years ontop of my pension, give up all my savings, give up my investments, pay for a life insurance policy incase i did not live long enough for my ex-spouse to collect payment in full, all instead of going forward to court with the ordered educational assessment. The lawyer was concerned about the judge (fusion) would make me pay the maximum amount of alimony, and their recommendation sounded like they did not want to pursue court, and just end it at mediation because now all of a sudden i would not win in court, but it felt like they just wanted to bill me and get paid. Reluctantly signed the mediation and have regretted it ever since. Lesson learned, I recommend going with a male only lawfirm (in law we trust) who will fight for the rights of the man. I wish I could sew them for misrepresentation. Gentlemen, please head my advice.
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Posted by James | September 21, 2018
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Worst attorney ever
We hired this lawyer for my daughter to get a divorce from her narcissistic husband. My daughter had to do all the leg work to get paperwork together. Every time she would text her a question it cost over $300. Even though it only took a second to answer the question. When it was time for her hearing she didn’t even bother to show up at court. She sent someone who had no idea what was going on with the case. In court the new lawyer allowed my daughters husband to talk all he wanted. Every time my daughter tried to speak she was told it was hearsay. But this guy could tell all the lies he wanted to. And after spending over 5 grand my daughter still isn’t divorced. What did we pay her for????
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2017
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Ms Kirkner did a phenomenal job keeping up the reputation of her profession. She said it would be easy for me to get full custody of my children, she said she would get you ex psychologically evaluated. Want would up happening is that I was the one who had to get to psychologically evaluated and I lost time with my children....not to mentioned it cost me over ten thousands of dollars in the process.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-425 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney, Partner
  • DeCort & Kirkner P.L.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Donald P. DeCort P.A.
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Associate Attorney
  • Bay Area Legal Services
  • 2004 - 2005


  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Colorado State University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999


  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Council
  • 2008 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Vice President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Hillsborough County Association of Women Lawyers
  • 2004 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013


Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
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Military law Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse Attorney Kristin Kirkner. We have known each other professionally 15 years. I have sought out her advice on military-related cases. She is known statewide as an expert in this area. I have also worked with Ms. Kirkner in the role of mediator and she was excellent."
Military law Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristin is regarded throughout the state of Florida as one of the top military family lawyers out there. I have had the opportunity to work with her as both opposing counsel, as a mediator on her cases and as her serving as a mediator on mine. She is outstanding in all capacities. Kristin is always professional, prepared, compassionate and a zealous advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I used Kristin as a mediator on a very complicated family law matter. She was instrumental in working out a temporary agreement. Additionally, I personally know Kirstin to be very knowledgable with regard to military family law issues and have sought her advice on those matters several times. I am happy to endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kristin Kirkner is a knowledgeable and intelligent collaborative attorney who zealously advocates for her clients, at the same time as she offers caring and warm counsel as they make crucial decisions for the well-being of their restructured families. She is well-respected in the legal community and upholds the highest ethical standards of our profession. I cannot endorse Kristin highly enough."
Family Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kristin Kirkner is a knowledgable, compassionate, and very effective family law attorney. Her experience is second to none, and she sets a very high standard of professionalism. I highly endorse Kristin in all areas of family and military law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kristin and I had the opportunity to work together on settling up an old post-judgment dissolution case, and I found her to be very easy to work with, well-organized, and reasonable in her approach to streamlining the issues. I would recommend Kristin to anyone who is seeking legal advice in the area of family law."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristin has the highest ethical and professional standards. I have worked against Kristin on several cases and she has superior legal knowledge. Kristin always seeks to to what is in her client's best interest whether it is settling a matter or taking it all the way to trial. She aggressively advocates for her clients and does so with class and professionalism. Kristin is a pleasure to work against and I would recommend her to anyone I know needing legal assistance in a family law matter."
Family Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to be the opposing attorney on a case with Ms. Kirkner and know her through the community. Ms. Kirkner is extremely knowledgeable and is a zealous advocate for her clients. She maintains the highest ethical standards and practices law with integrity."
Family Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Ms. Kirkner as opposing counsel on a case. She is well-respected and works diligently for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Kristin and I have worked together on several family law cases. Kristin is a zealous advocate on behalf of her clients, but always maintains a high degree of professionalism and integrity. I would recommend her unreservedly."
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Tampa Divorce and separation Lawyer Kristin Renee Hayes Kirkner
Kristin Renee Hayes Kirkner
Divorce and separation Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 20 years
Virtual consultation available