Kelly Chang Rickert

Adoption lawyer, prenuptial agreement lawyer, kelly chang
Adoption lawyer, prenuptial agreement lawyer, kelly chang

Kelly Chang Rickert is the founder of the Law and Mediation Offices of Kelly Chang, APLC, a law firm dedicated to Adoption and Family Law.

She has been practicing law since 2000.  She is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified 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 children’s books, Two Adventures With Mom and Dad  and Hope’s Broken Snow Globe, were both Amazon #1 best‑sellers and #1 New Releases in the Children’s Marriage and Divorce Books category.

Kelly discourages “scorched‑earth” tactics,  and encourages mediation and collaborative solutions whenever possible.

Areas of Practice:

Adult Adoption, Stepparent Adoption, Private Adoption, Foster Adoption, Guardianship Adoption, Guardianships,  Adoptive Parent Representation, Birth Mother Representation in Private Adoptions, 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.

Also admitted to practice in Texas.


UCLA, B.A. English, Honors, June 1997.

Law School:

University of San Diego Law School, J.D., Honors, December 1999.

Other Professional Designations:

Certified Family Law Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization; California Real Estate Broker (01441274); California Notary (2126117)


Marriage is Grand.  Divorce? A Hundred Grand. ®️

About Me

I am a Christian, wife, and mother.   Born in Taiwan, my family immigrated here when I was 6.   I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese and 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.

Awards: #1 Best-Selling Author, Law category: Protecting Yourself From False Accusations #1 New Release Author, Children’s Marriage and Divorce Books category: Two Adventures with Mom and Dad #1 New Release Author, Children’s Marriage and Divorce Books category: Hope’s Broken Snow Globe

SuperLawyers,  2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

SuperLawyers, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Southern California, 2021 and 2022.

Featured in SuperLawyers stories: “The Robe” (2011) and “Even the Sky is Different” (2019)


Christian Legal SocietyChristian Legal Aid of Los Angeles, 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)

Kelly Chang Rickert Curriculum Vitae