F. Richard Van Pelt – Springfield Divorce Lawyer

F. Richard Van Pelt is one of the 100 Diplomates of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has been listed in the directory “Best Lawyers in America – Family Law” each year since 2001. He was named the Springfield, Missouri “Lawyer of the Year for Family Law” by this publication in 2014.

The firm and our staff provide services in the area of family law. We handle cases that involve substantial assets and income. We also handle some less complex matters. We provide representation in family law matters including divorce, settlement negotiations, mediations, trial practice, modifications, paternity, business divisions, prenuptial agreements, and adoptions. We strive to provide individual attention and service to our clients and to work toward a settlement, if possible. We utilize mediation. We are also prepared to try your case if that is required. Our goal is to provide quality legal service and counsel to you.


Richard Van Pelt received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pittsburg State University in 1980, as a double major in Pre-Law and Sociology. He was a student senator, Vice-President of the student body and president of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was named the Outstanding Senior man of Pittsburg State University. He received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1983 from the University of Missouri, Columbia Law School. He was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll. He was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity. He received an Academic Achievement in Law Award in while attending.

Achievements / Associations

Richard has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Family Law 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Richard has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Richard has been selected as the Missouri Delegate to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Richard is a Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburg State University Foundation.

Richard is the former President of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburg State University Alumni Association.

Richard is a former President of the Board of Directors for CASA (Court Approved Special Advocates for Children).

Richard is a member and former President of the Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast.

Richard is a Former Springfield Catholic Schools, School Board President and Member.

Richard is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.

In 1997 Richard received Pittsburg State University’s Outstanding Alumni Award.