Stephanie E. Goodenow

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Lenexa, KS

Goodenow Law, LLC
 | 8650 Candlelight Lane, Suite 4
Lenexa, KS 66215
Phone: 913-723-6976
Fax: 913-815-1237
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    The founder of Goodenow Law, LLC, Stephanie E. Goodenow focuses her practice primarily on divorce and other family law matters, and her experience extends to probate and estate planning matters as well. Her firm is located in Lenexa, Kansas, and she provides representation to clients throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Ms. Goodenow has been admitted to practice before all Kansas state courts since 2000, and she is also admitted to practice in neighboring Missouri as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

    Many of Ms. Goodenow’s clients are people whose marriages have broken down, and they are now having to face such issues as parenting time, the division of marital assets and debts, child support, and alimony. In most cases, they are able to reach an accord on some or all of these matters through negotiations, and Ms. Goodenow often handles these directly with counsel for the opposing party. However, when negotiations have broken down and mediation sessions have been unfruitful, she is an experienced advocate for her clients before family court judges.

    Other clients have already had their marriages legally dissolved, and for them, Ms. Goodenow provides assistance when they are seeking to have existing support or parenting court orders modified or enforced. Her family law experience has also encompassed adoptions as well as paternity disputes and establishment, and she also helps victims of domestic violence obtain protective orders from the court.

    Ms. Goodenow attended the University of Kansas School of Law, where she served on the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy before graduating in 2000. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and sits on the editorial board of its Journal of the AAML. 

    Practice Areas
    • 90%Family Law
    • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 9 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

    Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012

    Certificates and Credentials

    American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

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    About Stephanie Goodenow

    Admitted: 2000, Kansas

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    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Kansas Bar Association, CLE Committee, 2020
    • 2016-Present; American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers ("AAML").  Board of AAML Journal Editors., 2021
    • Missouri, 2002
    • U.S. District Court, 2000
    • Kansas, 2000

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Enforcement of Premarital Agreements, panel discussion and written materials. Analysis of how to use the Kansas Premarital Agreement Act to draft and enforce prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements., speaker/author, Drafting enforceable prenuptial agreements under KUPAA, KBA, JCBA, Attorneys, 2008
    • Defining and exploring parental roles for third parties in Kansas courts. , Speaker, Who is A Parent?, Kansas Bar Association And AAML, 2019
    • Practical ways to use technology proficiently and ethically to deliver legal services from six feet away.  , Speaker , Ethical Practice in a Pandemic, Kansas Bar Association, 2020
    • Speaker/Advocate, Safe home (Battered Women's Shelter)
    • Representing the Child in Child of Need Care ("CINC") and Termination of Parental Rights ("TPR") Cases. A best practices CLE for GALs representing children in the Child in Need of Care system in Kansas; telephone CLE., Speaker/Author, Representing the Child in CINC and TPR Cases, KBA, Attorneys, 2008
    • Discussed how technology and social media shape the modern law firm from customer development, marketing, and practice perspectives., Panel Speaker, Johnson County Bar Association, Johnson County Attorneys, Judges And Support Staff, 2012
    • Discussed how the psychology and negative emotions of divorce impact legal advocacy for parents and children going through the process., Panel Speaker, Johnson County Bar Association, Johnson County Attorneys, Judges, Mediators, Social Workers, Therapists, 2011
    • High-Conflict Divorce: Range of Services, Co-presenter, Johnson County Bar Association, 2012
    • Divorce 101: The Ethical Practice of Domestic Law, lecture, Lecturer, Divorce 101: The Ethical Practice of Domestic Law, Johnson County Bar Association, 2011
    • Impact of Alienation on Custody Proceedings, co-presenter, 2011 Washburn University School of Law's Children and Family Law Center and Kansas Association of Counsel for Children Conference., Co-Presenter, Impact of Alienation on Custody Proceedings, 2011
    • A Mediator, a Case Manager, and a GAL Walk into a Courtroom: Defining the Bounds of Advocacy and Expectations of a GAL in Divorce and Custody Cases. Kansas Bar Association, 2011 Family Law Institute, co-presenter and co-author of materials, A Mediator, a Case Manager, and a GAL Walk into a Courtroom, Kansas Bar Association, 2011
    • GAL 101, lecture and written materials, Kansas Bar Association, telephone CLE, lecturer, author, GAL 101, Kansas Bar Association, 2008
    • Presented material about planning for the unexpected death of a spouse, prospective spouse, or ex-spouse. Also spoke regarding the Ethics of limited scope representation., Speaker/Author, Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces, NBI, Attorneys And Social Workers, 2010
    • Child Custody and Parenting Time, lecture and written materials. Spoke from the perspective of advising parents as to the substantive and procedural interplay of various state and federal statutes, and how those laws impact the fundamental right to parent., Speaker/Author, Child Custody and Parenting Time, National Business Institute (NBI), Attorneys, Mediators, Psychologists, Social Workers, 2007

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2016

    Educational Background:

    • Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, B.A., 1997

    Industry Groups

    • Families and Children
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    Office Location for Stephanie E. Goodenow

    8650 Candlelight Lane
    Suite 4
    Lenexa, KS 66215

    Phone: 913-723-6976

    Fax: 913-815-1237

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