Kelly Ausley- Flores focuses on complex family law cases involving complicated property divisions, family businesses, spousal maintenance above guideline child support, customized possession schedules when parents work irregular hours, and child issues without marriage. She recognizes that every family situation is unique and approaches each situation as an opportunity for creative problem-solving. Kelly is committed to helping individuals regain their voice and confidence so they can successfully move forward with their lives after divorce.

Kelly is a well-known and respected family law attorney in Austin who provides her clients with a wide range of options. She is an experienced litigator and is also a trained collaborative divorce lawyer and family law mediator.  She utilizes her background and knowledge in delivering the full continuum of process options to help clients choose an approach that will best accomplish their goals and reduce unnecessary legal expenses. Kelly finds genuine joy in resolving cases. She offers the human touch to make every client feel they are important and their issues matter.

Kelly was named Best Lawyer of the year in Austin for Family Law in 2017, 2014 and 2012 and for Collaborative law in 2017 by The Best Lawyers in America – Woodward White, Inc.  She is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward White, Inc., Family Law Section since 2012. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Kelly is a volunteer and mentor for the Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. She is a frequent speaker at family law courses and seminars, and the author of numerous family law articles.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Asset and Wealth Identification & Valuation
  • Alimony & Spousal Maintenance
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Premarital and Other Property Agreements
  • Modification & Enforcement
  • Child Custody & Visitation
  • Property Division
  • Child Support
  • Mediation

Published Works

  • “Closing the File,” Advanced Family Law Seminar – Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, August 17, 2003
  • “Post Trial Basics & Closing the File,” Advanced Family Law Seminar – Boot Camp, State Bar of Texas, August 8, 2004
  • “Effective Use of ADR in Family Law Cases,” 2005 Poverty Law Conference, Texas Lawyers Care, March 30 – April 1, 2005
  • “Closing the Friendly and Unfriendly File,” Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas, December 8-9, 2005
  • “Traveling Light: Collaborative Law Without Paralegals or Assistants,” Collaborative Law Spring Conference 2008, State Bar of Texas, February 28-29, 2008
  • “Collaborative Law,” Alternative Dispute Resolution Course, University of Texas Law School, Professor Cynthia Bryant, March 6th, 2008
  • “Child Support (What Do Judges Do in Various Counties) Above & Below the Guidelines, the High Income Earners (Death of the Obligor),” Marriage Dissolution Institute, State Bar of Texas and Family Law Section, April 17-18, 2008
  • “Closing the File,” Summer School – State Bar College, State Bar of Texas, July 17-19, 2008
  • “Closing Documents Other than QDROs,” Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas, December 4-5, 2008
  • “Putting Agreements on Paper,” Collaborative Law Course 2010, State Bar of Texas and Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, March 4-5, 2010
  • “Closing the File,” Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas, December 9-10, 2010
  • “We’re Done! (Or are we?) – Closing the File,” Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas, December 5-6, 2013
  • “Closing the File 101,” Marriage Dissolution 101 Course, State Bar of Texas, April 23, 2014
  • “Closing the File 101 – The Long Good-Bye,” Marriage Dissolution 101 Course, State Bar of Texas, April 8, 2015
  • “Proving Significant Impairment,” Advanced Family Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, August 1-4, 2016.

Education

  • Texas Tech School of Law, 1995
    • J.D., cum laude
  • Texas Tech University, 1987
    • B.B.A. cum laude

Presentations

  • “Creative Discovery,” Family Law Essentials, Family Law Council, Nacogdoches, Texas, June 4, 2004
  • “Post Trial Basics & Closing a File,” State Bar Convention – Boot Camp, June 25, 2004
  • “Closing Out Your File,” Williamson County Family Law Seminar, October 29, 2004
  • “How to Study for and Pass the Board Certification Exam,” Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 10, 2005
  • “Trends in Family Law,” 2009 Statewide Assistant Attorneys General Conference, Austin, Texas, July 10, 2009
  • “Changes in SAPCR Issues and Trends for the Future,” 35th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 3-6, 2009
  • “Collaborative Law,” Travis County Family Law Section Luncheon, January 6, 2010
  • “The Paradigm Shift,” Nuts & Bolts of the Collaborative Process Course, State Bar of Texas and the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, March 3, 2010
  • “Characterization & Tracing: An Overview,” Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, August 4, 2011
  • “Know When to Hold Them, Know When to Fold Them: Settlement Agreements, Rule 11 Agreements, Informal Settlement Agreements and Mediated Settlement Agreements,” Author: Jimmy Vaught, Marriage Dissolution, State Bar of Texas, April 19, 2013
  • “Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em, Accepting and Firing Clients,” The Austin Bar Family Law Section Spring CLE, May 13, 2016
  • “Parental Alienation – Analyzing/Reassessing the Problems and Solutions,” Advanced Family Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, August 7-10, 2017

Honors & Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2017
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Collaborative Law: Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2014
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2012 – 2017
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Collaborative Law: Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2012 – 2017
  • Named the Best Lawyers© Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, Woodward and White Press, 2012
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Thomson Reuters, 2004 – 2005
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Thomson Reuters, 2010 – 2017
  • Pro Bono Award, Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, 1998 and 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1995

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Fellow
  • Austin Bar Association, Family Law
    • Member
  • Collaborative Divorce Texas (f/k/a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas)
    • Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
    • Member
  • Family Law Council
    • Member, 2012 – 2017
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
    • Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law
    • Member
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists
    • Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Member, 2004 – present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Pro Bono
    • Member, 1999 – present