Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody

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Like half of married people in America, St. Louis area divorce attorney Barbara Behrens learned about divorce the hard way; she went through one, and then became a single parent, with all of the struggles and rewards that accompany single-parenting. Going through this process, Barbara realized that divorce was difficult enough without soon-to-be-ex spouses using children as pawns, fighting dirty, or being aggressive towards the other party. She transitioned from prosecuting to family law because of a belief that divorce could be done differently and did not have to be acrimonious. However, Barbara also knows that not all family law attorneys take the same perspective on trying to preserve family unity and that, even those that do, may find themselves unable to reign in aggressive clients. As a result, Barbara is considered one of the areas go-to attorneys in highly contested cases and is known for high-quality representation in divorces where custody is at issue or where parties are fighting over large amounts of property.
Barbara is a Super Lawyer, ranked by her peers and clients as one of the top lawyers in her field, and that comes through from her very first contact with clients. A graduate of Stanford University and the UCLA School of Law, Barbara returned home to St. Louis after practicing as a prosecutor in California, spending much of her time in juvenile court. She has been practicing for over 30 years and has spent much of that time working with at-risk children as a guardian ad litem and then as the former President of the Board of Directors of St. MarthaÍs Hall.
To schedule your consultation with Barbara and find out what she can do to help you transition into your next stage, call her at 314-499-6999 or visit her online at

Recent reviews

Barbara is an excellent attorney with exceptional attention to detail. She works to fully understand your situation and works diligently for your best interests. I highly, highly recommend her.