I have devoted my legal career to practicing solely family law. Through this focus on family law, I have developed a history of successfully litigating divorce, paternity and custody matters through trial.
After graduating in 2006 from St. Louis University School of Law, I joined as an associate in an established family law practice in Clayton. I departed that firm as a named partner in 2013, to form Voorhees Family Law, LLC.
I believe the best outcome is often one where parties work together to reach a fair and amicable resolution. In some cases, this is done at the kitchen table. In others, a mediator can be helpful. In addition to keeping costs down, when parties are able to reach a fair settlement, they are more likely to extend a healthier co-parenting relationship beyond the divorce judgment. In such cases, my role is to advise as to the fairness of the agreement and to draft the documents necessary to effect the desired outcome.
Some cases can only be resolved in court. Whether parties have few assets and no children, or a multimillion dollar estate with complicated custody, maintenance and business valuation issues, it is important to fully understand the exact nature of all assets, debts, incomes and custody and support issues. With this full understanding, the facts can be presented to the court in a manner that allows for the best possible outcome.
I speak on a variety of family law issues and divorce. I have served as a Committee Co-Chair for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, as a member of the Mayor’s Vanguard Cabinet and as a volunteer mediator for M.A.R.C.H. Mediation. I am a member of the Missouri Bar Association and The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
In 2015 and 2016, I was named a “Rising Star” attorney by Super Lawyers. In 2010, I was named an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly.
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|MO||Good Standing, Active||2006||01/08/2013|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Up and Coming Lawyer||Missouri Lawyers Weekly||2010|
|Attorney at Law/Owner||Voorhees Family Law, LLC||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Amato Voorhees, LLC||2012 - 2013|
|Associate||Amato Family Law, LLC||2006 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis||Co-chair||2009 - Present|
|Saint Louis University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|2015 Solo and Small Firm Conference||Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce Issues in Missouri||2015|
|MOAMFT||Divorce Information for Marital Therapists||2012|
|Family Law Conference||Qualified Domestic Relations Orders||2011|
|CLE||Family Law 101||2011|
|CLE||Divorce Basics 101||2009|