Kelly Chang Rickert is the founder of the Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang, APLC, a law firm dedicated to Family Law. She has been practicing law since 2000. She is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist, a distinction earned by approximately 1,300 California family law attorneys.
Kelly routinely appears as a family law expert on television/radio. Her latest books, “Protecting Yourself From False Accusations” and “Two Adventures With Mom and Dad” (divorce book for children) were both Amazon #1 best‑sellers.
Kelly discourages “scorched‑earth” tactics, and encourages mediation and collaborative solutions whenever possible.
The Role of a Family Law Attorney
A family law attorney must guide their clients through this difficult transition with as little destruction as possible.
Divorce is difficult, but it does not have to be nasty.
Unlike other areas of law, family law is not about winning. There is no “winning” in divorce. Litigation is rarely affordable for a separating family who must double their living expenses and divide their assets.
Family law is more about “restructuring”. The goal is to find a solution, especially when children are involved.
Because family law is rife with emotions, many uninformed litigants race to Court to “seek revenge”. But they won’t find it, and in the process, will spend thousands of dollars on attorneys they later hate because they were uninformed about the process.
It doesn’t have to be that way – there are choices. A family law attorney must educate on not only the law, but the many different divorce options.
Explore Divorce Mediation
In my experience, most divorce cases can be resolved prior to trial. It’s always best to reduce conflict through use of mediation.
In fact, if custody is at issue, the Court mandates mediation prior to hearing your case. You can schedule a mediation appointment at court with this link.
I trained intensively with the San Diego Mediation Center and the Los Angeles County Bar Association under the direction of leading authority and pioneer attorney/mediator/professor Forrest Mosten. Back in 1999, I was one of the first “on-line” mediators for this cutting-edge website, SquareTrade, which mediated on-line disputes arising out of EBay transactions. I have mediated over a thousand cases.
Pro Bono Philosophy
I wouldn’t be here without my mentors, and I believe in paying it forward. I make every effort to volunteer, whether as a mediator for the the Los Angeles Family Courts, or as Judge Pro Tem. I also volunteer at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law.
I am a wife and mother. I was born in Taiwan, so I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese. I also speak French. In my free time, I write books, play the piano, and hike Griffith Park. I completed the Los Angeles Marathon in 2006.
Areas of Practice:
Divorce, Annulment, Legal Separation, Establishing Child Custody and Visitation, Parenting Plan Coordinating, Modification of Child Custody orders; Establishing Child Support and Spousal Support, Modification of Child Support and Spousal Support; Prenuptial Agreements: Drafting, Negotiating and Representing; Simple Property Division; Complex Property Division; Family Law Mediation
Admitted to Practice:
June 5, 2000, California; U.S. District Courts, Northern and Central Districts of California; Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals.
Amazon.com #1 Best-Selling Author, “Protecting Yourself From False Accusations”
Amazon.com #1 New Release Author, “Two Adventures with Mom and Dad”
SuperLawyers, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. She has been featured in these SuperLawyers stories: “The Robe” (2011) and “Even the Sky is Different” (2019)
Other Professional Designations:
University of San Diego Law School, J.D., Honors, December 1999.
UCLA, B.A. English, Honors, June 1997.
Association of Certified Family Law Specialists; Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; Los Angeles County Bar Association; San Francisco County Bar Association; San Diego County Bar Association
Mandarin, Taiwanese, French (conversational).