Florida Board Certified Family Law Attorney

Ronald H. Kauffman has practiced law in Florida since 1993, and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1992. Additionally, Ron was admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit.

After completing a judicial clerkship, Ron handled complex consumer protection and antitrust matters at the Federal Trade Commission before entering practice. He is board certified in marital and family law by the Florida Bar.

Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and professionalism and ethics in practice. This certification signifies that Ron has extensive experience in family law, and that he has successfully completed continuing education and rigorous testing in this practice area. Less than 10 percent of Florida’s family law attorneys are board certified.


Assisting Clients Throughout South Florida

Ron is currently serving as a member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Family Law Section, and is the incoming President of the First Family Law American Inns of Court in Miami for the 2016-2017 term. Ron is the former Vice President of the Florida Bar Journal, published by the Florida Bar, and a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California, the Miami-Dade County Bar Association, and the Miami Beach Bar Association.

Ron works directly with each client, from the initial consultation through the resolution of the case. He emphasizes clear communication and availability.

Ronald Harrison Kauffman

Ronald H. Kauffman

Ronald H. Kauffman is a board certified lawyer in the areas of marital and family Law. He is the author of Underwater Treasure: Equitable Distribution of the Save Our Homes Limitation, The Florida Bar Journal, February 2011; A Wife’s Loss is not a Husband’s Gain: Equitable Distribution of Capital Loss Carryovers, The Commentator, Florida Bar Family Law Section Magazine, Winter 2011 and Keeping It All In The Family: Taking Financial Discovery From The New Spouse In Post-Judgment Support Cases, The Commentator, Florida Bar Family Law Section Magazine, Spring 2011.

He received his JD from Whittier College in 1991. He received his BA in 1988 from Boston University, with a major in International Relations and concentration in Economics. He was admitted to both the California Bar in 1992 and the Florida Bar in 1993.

Additionally he was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

He is a member of the Family Law Section of the California Bar and the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, the Miami-Dade County Bar Association, the Miami Beach Bar Association, and the First Family Law Inns of Court. He currently serves as Chair of the Commentator for the Florida Bar Family Law Section’s Publications Committee.

Ron was awarded certificates of appreciation from the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar at their annual convention in Orlando, and a Pro Bono Service Award from the Put Something Back project in Miami.

Raquel Alejandra Lacayo-Valle

Raquel Alejandra Lacayo-Valle

Raquel Alejandra Lacayo-Valle is a partner at the Law Offices of Ronald H. Kauffman, P.A., a boutique family law firm located in downtown Miami. The firm specializes in complex divorces, paternity, timesharing, international and interstate custody matters, parental relocation, as well as prenuptial agreements.

Raquel graduated in 2001 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she was the co-managing editor of the Hastings Women’s Law Journal. Raquel was selected to spend her last semester of law school as part of a study abroad program at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Raquel graduated in 1995 from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in English.
Raquel was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2014 and to the California Bar in 2001. Raquel was a juvenile dependency attorney in Alameda County at the public defender’s office, and later at the East Bay Children’s Law Office. Raquel practiced several years as a commercial litigator in San Francisco and later in Miami.

Raquel volunteers as a guardian ad litem in Chapter 61 dissolution cases through the Dade Legal Aid Put Something Back Program as well as in Chapter 39 dependency cases through the 11th Circuit Florida Guardian ad Litem Program.
At home, Raquel volunteers in the religious education program at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, is an avid reader, is married, the mother of two children, and an avid runner.

Ron welcomes the chance to review your case during a, telephone consultation.
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What is Your Family Law Issue? Start Here to Explore the Practice:

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Divorce is among the most challenging experiences. Your long-term financial stability and other critical decisions will be made at the same time you are coping with the emotional fallout of a failed marriage.

Family Law

There are a number of attorneys in South Florida, but only a handful are board certified in marital and family law by the Supreme Court of Florida and the Florida Bar. Ronald H. Kauffman is one of them.


Paternity actions are filed in order to legally establish a child’s biological father, typically for the purposes of protecting one’s parental rights or to allow the mother to acquire child support from the father.

Prenuptial And Postnuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements are important for couples planning to marry. Many people believe prenuptial agreements are only for the rich and famous. However, prenuptial agreements help all couples.

Parental Relocation

When one parent wants to move more than 50 miles from their current address with a minor child, they will need either the consent of the other parent, or a court order granting a relocation petition.

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Child Support

The amount of the monthly payment is determined by a formula that is spelled out in the Florida Child Support Guidelines. A number of factors are considered in setting the amount of child support that will be paid.