Standing Out And Standing Up To Protect Your Rights

Working through any family law matter can be extremely difficult for everyone involved. In many ways, the agreements that are made and the terms that are ordered by the court in these matters will create the foundation for your future. No matter what type of issue you may be facing or how straightforward it might seem, it is important that you have strong legal representation behind you from the start.

From our office in Overland Park, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Ankerholz and Smith, represent clients throughout Johnson County and surrounding areas in all aspects of family law. We understand what is at stake in these cases, and we are diligent in our pursuit of a favorable outcome that fully provides for your needs over the short and long term.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

Family Law

  • Divorce
  • Child custody and parenting time
  • Child support
  • Child support guidelines
  • Cohabitation
  • Post-divorce modifications
  • Property division
  • Division of retirement
  • Spousal support
  • Enforcement
  • Child relocation
  • Child custody investigation/home studies
  • Paternity
  • Grandparent rights
  • Restraining orders
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Call Rian Ankerholz today at 913-345-2000 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Rian F. Ankerholz

Bar Admissions:

  • Kansas, 1982
  • Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 1982


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas
    • J.D. - 1982
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
    • B.A. - 1978
  • Major: Political Science

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • 2001 Kansas Bar Association Award Certificate for Pro Bono Service
  • Kansas Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Kansas Lawyer Referral Service Affiliation
  • Johnson County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Christian Legal Resources, Member
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Kansas Lawyer Assistance Program , Member

Attorney Daniel L. Smith

Bar Admissions:

  • Kansas, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1977


  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
  • J.D. - 1976
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
  • B.A. - 1973
  • Major: Political Science

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors
  • Other Associations & Memberships:
  • Monnett Battle of Westport Fund, Chairman of the Board
  • Civil War Round Table of Kansas City, Past President
  • Westport Historical Society, Board Member
  • Kansas State Historical Society, Life Member
  • Mine Creek Battlefield Association, Member
  • Sugar Mound Arts and Crafts Festival, Founder

From ttuttle:

Rian has provided great service and help throughout my time with him.

Legal Issue: Divorce

ttuttle hired Rian F. Ankerholz in 2011.

From vinceb:

Rian is very professional and personal at the same time. He always had our best interest in mind when working with us and explored every option before recommending a direction we should go. I would recommend Rian to any of my friends who need his services.

Legal Issue: Other

vinceb hired Rian F. Ankerholz in 2011.

From Resilient1:

I never thought I would find myself needing a divorce attorney but when faced with that situation, I can't imagine being better served than I was by Rian Ankerholz. He was empathetic but tough and led me through a realistic process in a difficult divorce and complex and lengthy financial settlement. Mr. Ankerholz' ability to read people and use that to his client's advantage is no doubt his greatest gift. His work in preparing me for the necessary face to face meetings was invaluable in keeping the meetings less charged and emotional and for maximizing my position. The resultant settlement was definitely in my favor, and Mr. Ankerholz continues to advise me with wisdom as necessary.

Legal Issue: Divorce

Resilient1 hired Rian F. Ankerholz in 2008.

From JennyY:

We hired Rian to assist with my Mother-in-Law's disability case. Unfortunately, through the course of the case, my Mother-in-Law became very ill and we needed to expedite things. Rian was so helpful, empathetic and responsive through the whole process, that we were able to resolve everything quickly. We are so appreciative of his quick responses and assistance, that we would recommend him to anyone!

Legal Issue: Other

JennyY hired Rian F. Ankerholz in 2013.

From DML2112:

Mr. Ankerholz and his firm were professional and most knowledgeable when it came to my legal situation. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing honest, prompt, fair representation regarding family matters.

Legal Issue: Child Support

DML2112 hired Rian F. Ankerholz in 2013.

From SofiaTaylor:

Mr. Ankerholz and his firm Ankerholz and Smith, had provided legal services and they had been professional and trust worthy since 2001 until present. I recommend Mr. Ankerholz for all legal matters, especially family matters, divorce, child support, child support enforcement, and other recommendations and legal advice as needed. Mr. Ankerholz work ethics is reviewed as the most excellent in my opinion.

SofiaTaylor hired Rian F. Ankerholz in 2014.

From Randyh6063:

Rian Ankerholz is an exceptional individual who would be a tremendous asset to any client for which he is retained.. He was retained for me over my divorce. In addition to his assignment as my divorce lawyer Rian Ankerholz is considered the resident expert with regard to understanding the law. A true professional, he is reliable dedicated and thoroughly proficient both as a divorce lawyer and estate planning. His knowledge of the law and technical expertise is unmatched. His flawless performance under pressure in the courtroom led to my outstanding outcome in this challenging environment. His efforts have contributed significantly to the Ankerholz and Smith reputation of being one of the finest law firms in the Midwest. Leading by example Rian Ankerholz sets very high standards for himself and his firm. His exceptional professional abilities and extreme dedication to law have earned him the respect of his clients, peers and superiors alike. He is the man people turn to for advice and solutions to tough attorney problems. His personal efforts have laid a strong foundation for continued excellence at Ankerholz and Smith. Representing the finest law firm the community is capable of producing....Rian Ankerholz has outstanding potential for success in any endeavor he undertakes. He has my strongest recommendation for clients in any position for which he may be retained by.

Randyh6063 hired Rian F. Ankerholz in 2013.

From Cjpietrus:

I don't think that Rian knew what he was getting into when he took on my custody and support amendment. Despite my ex's best efforts to stall and block the changes he was able to get them done.

Legal Issue: Child Support

Cjpietrus hired Rian F. Ankerholz in 2013.

From Kansas1:

It is my pleasure to write this recommendation on behalf of Mr. Rian F. Ankerholz. Mr. Ankerholz is a consummate professional who is extremely astute and knowledgeable about family law. Client satisfaction is his top priority and he delivers an exceptional level of service, responsiveness, and personal attention. Mr. Ankerholz was consistently sensitive to my needs and values, a champion of my interests, and committed to helping me through a difficult life transition with efficiency and compassion. In addition to his legal strengths, he is easily accessible, very well-organized, and possesses strong verbal and written interpersonal and communication skills. In closing, I could not have chosen a better lawyer and give Mr. Ankerholz my highest recommendation.

Legal Issue: Divorce

Kansas1 hired Rian F. Ankerholz in 2013.

From abcwebb:

Rian is a lifelong friend, so when it came time to seek legal help when dealing with my parents estate I always knew who I would call. Rian's expertise in the law is impressive but what I appreciated the most was his compassion. Even though Rian and I have a close personal relationship I have no doubt that he treats all his clients with the same dignity and respect.

Legal Issue: Probate & Estate Administration

abcwebb hired Rian F. Ankerholz in 2007.

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