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Kathryn S. Stapleton

Divorce and separation Attorney at Clayton, MO

5.0   2 reviews

About Kathryn

Learn Kathryn’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    I practice family law, which includes dissolution, legal separation, child custody and support, military divorce, domestic violence and abuse, parentage actions and other non-marital cases, partition actions, and more. I represent clients from initial filing through temporary orders, to mediation, entry of final orders, and trial when necessary.

    7 years

  2. Alimony

  3. Child custody

  4. Child support

  5. Domestic violence

  6. Child abuse

  7. Marriage and prenuptials

  8. Uncontested divorce

Kate focuses her practice exclusively on family law, delivering pragmatic, compassionate help during challenging times. Kate is an experienced trial attorney, with years of litigation work including complex custody agreements; high asset divorces including business valuations; abuse issues; and military divorces. Kate was a military spouse herself, and interned with the JAG corps during law school. As such, she has a unique and robust understanding of military benefits and their correct allocation at divorce.
Before starting her firm in 2016, Kate was Associate Attorney at a well-regarded Tacoma, WA family law firm. There, she learned how to deliver quality results while treating all parties with dignity and respect.

Kate’s personal dedication to her clients is evidenced by her past work with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, the Immigration Clinic at St. Mary’s University School of Law, and by her ongoing involvement with Legal Aid of Eastern Missouri. She is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Saint Louis, and the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar Association.

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Licensed for 6 years
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 2018
Updated 09/21/2022
State WA
Status Voluntarily Resigned
Acquired 2015
Updated 11/25/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Kathryn

Stapleton Family Law
7710 Carondelet Avenue, Suite 405
Clayton, MO, 63105


5.0 / 5.0
  2 customer reviews
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Posted by Stephanie | January 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Integrity, Brilliance,Discretion, Tenacity,Humility, Excellence
As a professional in the area of high conflict divorce and custody where addiction, violence and personality disorders are at play, I have had the privilege of supporting many families through eviscerating circumstances towards peace. As a result, I have also had the experience of working with over a hundred family law attorneys. Often family law attorneys are overextended and commit to being hired by clients they know they aren’t a good fit for. Or allow themselves to be hired and when the case exceeds their expertise continue without bringing in others to the team that could best support their client. Ms. Stapleton is the opposite of the above stated common scenarios. Ms. Stapleton is the quintessential professional in addition to being compassionate, brilliant and caring. Part of being brilliant is knowing when your efficacy could use subject matter experts with deep well knowledge in areas that will benefit your client. Ms.Stapleton adds subject matter experts to her team, frequently at her own expense, to make sure everything being attended to is beyond approach and/or sustainable argument. This is not common. Upon countless occasions I have seen attorneys commonly take on a case even knowingly outside their expertise and after things are underway - tell the client to research their options or circumstances. The last thing a client needs is a highly paid hired expert to out resource their work back to them- particularly amidst such distress where basic daily survival is an accomplishment. Ms.Stapleton would never, I repeat, never abandon a client or resource legal work back to them. Most attorneys over extend themselves to keep their billable time optimal, at the sacrifice of their client. Ms.Stapleton would never do this. She maintains a client base that allows maximum efficacy to the point you truly feel you are her only client. In addition to being a professional in the field, I have been one of Ms.Stapleton’s clients. My case was complex, nuanced, lengthy- and took unexpected twists into the need for immediate protective orders for myself and my children due to unanticipated violence and other types of criminal conduct. Ms.Stapleton was unflappable. She brought in additional experts deftly and stayed ahead of the situation. With Ms.Stapleton I knew I was being advocated for and that beyond all else she truly had the best interest of myself and my children in mind. Hire her. You will be grateful to yourself for doing so. I guarantee it.
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Posted by Peter | November 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST attorney I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I would highly recommend her to any of my friends and family! Kate consistently stayed on top of our case, maintaining the integrity of our case even during difficult times experienced by my family. Her professionalism is above par and I would hire her again in a heartbeat!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Stapleton Family Law
  • 2019 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • The Law Office of Kate Stapleton
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Law Office of Rachel Rolfs
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Intake
  • The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • 2014 - 2015
  • JAG Intern
  • U.S. Army JAG Corps
  • 2013 - 2013
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  • St. Marys University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Truman State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude
  • 2006


  • Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Missouri Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Military Spouse JD Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Licensing Scholarship
  • National Military Family Association
  • 2015


Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to get to know firsthand Ms. Stapleton's legal ability, work ethic and people skills. Ms. Staple is simply exceptional in all areas. Her clients adore her and she is very diligent in her representation of her clients. I would not hesitate to hire her if you are looking for a top notch divorce lawyer who will have your back and will work hard for you."
Family Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kate is a passionate advocate for her clients. Her "never quit" attitude yields amazing results for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She obtained amazing results on the matter she assisted me on. She exceeded expectations."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense

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Clayton Divorce and separation Lawyer Kathryn S. Stapleton
Kathryn S. Stapleton
Divorce and separation Attorney
Clayton, MO
Licensed for 6 years
Free Consultation