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Divorce & Family Law Attorney
David W. Chowins

118 N. Cherry St.
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 735-3285
Free Consultations

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Divorce & Family Law

Fighting for You and Your Family

Divorce - New and Post-Divorce

Separations

Paternity

Child Custody & Support

Adoption

Prenuptial Agreements 

Child In Need of Care (CINC) cases

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Guiding Principles

I pray, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, that I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients’ tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.
   
     -- prayer of Sir Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers

Latest Article

Roadmap to a Kansas Divorce

     Most divorce cases are settled…eventually.  However, many cases run through at least the initial phases of litigation prior to the parties resolving their issues.   No case is identical, but most cases tend to follow the same general path.  This article hopes to increase your understanding of what to expect during your divorce case, albeit in the most general terms.

Issues In Divorce Cases 

   The purpose of a divorce action is, of course, to terminate the marriage, but this is not usually a issue of contention.  The issues in dispute typically include  1) how to fairly divide the assets and debts of the divorcing parties, 2) each parent's rights with respect to any minor children (child custody and other parenting issues), 3) the amount of child support, if any, that the Court should order a parent to pay the other for support of minor children, and 4) the amount, if any, should a party pay to support to the other for a time after the marriage (i.e., spousal support, commonly referred to as alimony).  

Initial Meeting With Attorney

     First, you meet with your attorney where you will discuss your particular circumstances and what you hope to accomplish.   The attorney will have questions for you and ask that you provide certain documentation (e.g. bank statements, tax returns etc.).  If you have not already, the attorney will probably ask you to complete a questionnaire to insure all pertinent issues are covered.  The attorney will discuss with you the likelihood that your goals can be achieved and the approach(s) the attorney could take to achieve those goals including any risks associated with those approach(es).  

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Meet the Owner

David W. Chowins

Portrait of David W. Chowins

David W. Chowins is a divorce and family law attorney with Chowins Law Firm, LLC. He opened the firm in the Fall of 2000 after several years practicing tax and business law with large law firms in Chicago and Kansas City.  Though he continued practicing business and tax law as part of a general law practice, over the years, his emphasis became more and more on family-related matters.   Divorce, child custody, adoptions, separations, annulments, marital agreements, parenting time, paternity, and child-in-need-of-care matters are all encompassed by his practice.  

Now, after more than fifteen years since opening his own firm, David's law practice has evolved into almost exclusively divorce and family law. He explains, "It just happened. People who start and run businesses get divorced too. They wanted someone they trust to represent them. It turned out that family law is a good fit for me." David regularly calls upon his business background in negotiating divisions of complex marital estates with assets like small businesses interests, retirement plans governed by ERISA, and hard to value assets. 

David also serves as Guardian ad Litem in child-in-need-of-care cases where he advocates for the child and advises the court as to the best interest of the child.

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