dedicated professionals

Diana L. Skaggs - Family Law Attorneys of Diana Skaggs and Assoc. Sandra G. Ragland - Family Law Attorneys of Diana Skaggs and Assoc.Michelle Eisenmenger Mapes  - Family Law Attorneys of Diana Skaggs and Assoc.

Sandra G. Ragland / Associate

Sandra G. Ragland joined Diana L. Skaggs + Associates as an associate, after receiving her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1999. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked as a paralegal in family law.

While she enjoys working in many facets of family law, Ragland says she is drawn to cases involving difficult child custody issues and cases in which the parties are ending long-term marriages.

“In both situations, I encourage clients to attempt to maintain healthy relationships with ex-spouses, not only for the benefit of their children, but also for their own well-being. I am a strong advocate of a collaborative approach to problem-solving, with a primary focus on meeting the needs of the parties and their children, rather than a lock-step application of statutes and precedents.”

Ragland considers her work not only a career, but a calling.

“Helping my clients as they successfully resolve difficult transitions is challenging and gratifying.”

CURRICULUM VITAE

SANDRA G. RAGLAND
Diana L. Skaggs + Associates
623 West Main Street
Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 562-0050
Facsimile (502) 582-3523

EDUCATION

J.D., Brandeis School of Law at University of Louisville - 1999

B.A., summa cum laude, University of Louisville - 1996

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Louisville Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1999 - present

Kentucky Bar Association, Family Law Section, 1999 - present

Kentucky Collaborative Family Network, Inc., 2002 - present; Secretary 2005-present

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2008

PUBLISHED CASES

Downing v. Downing, 45 S.W. 3d  449(Ky. App. 2001)

LECTURES and PUBLICATIONS

“Collaborative Law and the Importance of Informed Consent”  Kentucky Bench & Bar, January, 2011 – Volume 75 Number 1

Parenthood in the New Millennium, Louisville Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2008

Custody Modification Proceedings, National Business Institute, 2008

"Nature or Nurture: Should Genetic Test Results be Admissible to Rebut
Presumption of Paternity?" Louisville Bar Briefs, June 2004 - Volume 02, No. 6

SEMINARS

2011

Thirteen Annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Louisville Bar Association Family Law Seminar

Louisville, KY

  • Electronic Evidence & Discovery
  • Ethical Conundrums
  • Depression and the Divorce Process
  • Update on Grandparent Visitation & Third Party Custody Issues
  • Stock Option Valuations & Tips for Attorneys
  • Dealing with Bullying in Schools
  • Post Judgment/Pre-Appellate Practice

2010

13th Annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Louisville Bar Association Family Law Seminar

Louisville, KY

  • Jurisdiction Issues
  • Premarital Agreements: Representing the Stronger Party;

Representing the Weaker Party – Part I

  • Cohabitation Agreements & Tax Implication of Co-Habitation
  • Legal Ethics in Family Law
  • Goodwill Hunting
  • Proposed New Family Court Rules
  • Pitfalls in Preliminary Motions
  • Premarital Agreements: Representing the Strong Party;

Representing the Weaker Party – Part II

  • What Should We Tell the Children? Use of Coaches, Parenting Coordinators, Guardian Ad Litems
  • Proposed Model Rules for Guardian Ad Litems
  • Foreclosures, Short Sales & Other Real Estate Issues

2009

17th Biennial  Family Law Institute

University of Kentucky

  • Biennial Case Law and Legislative Update in Family Law
  • Issues in Bankruptcy for the Family Law Practitioner
  • Valuation and Goodwill Issues
  • Modification of Custody or Timesharing Upon Relocation: The Pennington Case
  • Prenuptial Agreements: Survey, Drafting, and Litigation Negotiation Strategies
  • New KBA Ethics Code and Implications for the Family Law Attorney

12th  Annual American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Louisville Bar Association Family Law Seminar

Louisville, KY

  • Relocation Update
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Real Estate Valuation
  • Impact of Sour Economy on Family Law Matters
  • Receivers in Divorce
  • Business Valuation Update
  • Moving Money Out of the Marital Estate and Asset Protection Plans
  • Banks: Friends or Foe
  • Legal and Ethical Writing for Family Court
  • Electronic Evidence for Family Law Practitioner and Ethical Issues

2008

How to Read and Understand Financial Statements

Chilton & Medley PLC, Louisville, KY

Guardian Ad Litem Training Seminar

Administrative Office of the Courts, Louisville, KY

Making Connections: How the Family Court System Can Support Victims of Domestic Violence

Louisville Bar Association and Center for Women and Families, Louisville, KY

2008 Trial Advocacy Institute

American Bar Association, Denver, CO

  • Oceans and Icebergs: The Essential Foundations for Effective Advocacy
  • Motion Practice: “Tell the Judge What You Want”
  • Direct and Cross Examination of the Fact Witness
  • Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
  • Temporary Motions and Orders
  • Direct and Cross of the Parties
  • Evidentiary Foundations: Impeachment, Refreshing, and Recollection
  • Use of Psychological Guidelines in Custody Cases
  • Qualifying/Direct and Cross Examination of Mental Health Experts

Recent Developments in Legal Ethics: Mass Tort Settlements, Metadata, and Other Topics

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

2007

Collaborative Divorce Training with Steve Webb and Ron Ousky

Louisville, KY

Tax Issues Arising From Divorce

Louisville Bar Association, Family Law Section, Louisville, KY

2006

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers November Meeting and CLE

Chicago, IL

  • Negotiation Techniques by the Expert, Prof. Robert Mnookin, Harvard University
  • Ethical Concerns for the Family Law Attorney
  • Children Held Hostage
  • Tracing Assets in Property Cases
  • National Update of Same Sex Marriage

9th Annual Kentucky Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Louisville Bar Association Family Law Seminar

Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY

  • Relocation- Fenwick "Dead or Alive"
  • KY Law Updates
  • Pre-Nup/Post-Nup "Love Me Forever, But Not My Assets"
  • Maintentance Symposium

2005

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers November Meeting and CLE

Chicago, IL

  • Custody, Intellectual Property Rights, Evidence and Ethics
  • The Legal Status of Same Sex Marriages/Relationships
  • Alimony, Spousal Support, and Maintenance

8thAnnual Kentucky Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Louisville Bar Association Family Law Seminar

Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY

  • Managing Your Law Office Better and Smarter
  • 39 Ways to Improve Your QDRO Practice
  • Do Family Law Lawyers Really Need to Be Paid and What
  • Should be Considered?
  • Big Issues/Big Cases
  • Stepping Back from Anger, Kentucky Style
  • Modification of Spousal Support and New Surprises
  • A Methodical Approach to Resolution of Spousal Support
  • Electronic Evidence Discovery and Cyberspace Misconduct
  • Dissipation of Hidden Assets
  • Insights from AOC General Manager, Mediation & Family Court Services
  • Constitutional Rights of Parents to Joint Custody
  • Arbitration: A New Concept on Time in Family Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics and Professionalism
  • ADR Ethics Panel

Collaborative Divorce Interdisciplinary Training

Louisville, KY

Fourteenth Annual Domestic Relations Update

Louisville Bar Association

Women Lawyers Association of Louisville Annual Ethics Seminar

Louisville, KY

2004

AAML/AICPA National Conference on Divorce

Las Vegas, NV

  • Imputing Income in Determining Earnings Available for Child
  • and Spousal Support
  • How to Attack and/or Distribute Trusts and Partnerships
  • Divorce Valuation & Standard of Value
  • Handling the Big Case
  • Creative Solutions (Hot Tips) to Difficult Divorces
  • Partnership and Corporate Returns Programs - Reading and
  • Analyzing Financial Statements & Tax Returns
  • Pension Plan Valuation & QDROs
  • Tax-Affecting Earnings of Pass-Through Entities - The Biggest Appraisal
  • Adjustment: When Is It Right? When Is It Wrong? The Perspective of a Business Appraiser and a Lawyer
  • Mediation: Status, Strategy, Preparation and Dynamics of the
  • Mediation Process
  • Matrimonial Disposition of Stock Options
  • The Use and Abuse of Discounts (Disappearing Marital Assets) I and II

2003

The Case For and Against a Deviation from the Child Support Guidelines:  Maintaining the Financial Status Quo Post-Lewis

Louisville Bar Association/Family Law Section, Louisville, KY

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers November Meeting and CLE

Chicago, IL

  • The Cutting Edge of Valuation
  • What does 50/50 Ownership Mean in Valuation?
  • Enterprise Goodwill
  • The Latest in Valuation Methodologies and More
  • The Latest Technology: Making It Work For You
  • Winning Your Case Early
  • Collaborative Law: Why and How To
  • Third Party Custody: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?
  • Evidentiary Issues for the Experienced Family Law Practitioner
  • Utilizing Vignettes Prepared by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
    Hot Tips

Impact your Practice by Understanding Personality Preferences

Louisville Bar Association, Family Law Section, Louisville, KY

Understanding and Using Business Valuations

Mather, Hamilton & Co., LLC/Kentucky Collaborative Family Law Network, Inc.

Louisville, KY

The Art and Science of Business Valuation

Strothman & Company PSC

Louisville, KY

6th Annual Kentucky Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Louisville Bar Association Family Law Seminar

Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY

  • Disability, Retirement and Pensions
  • What Judges Need to Know to Decide Complex Financial Issue Cases
  • Complex Financial Issue Cases - The Judge’s Perspective
  • A Vision for Kentucky’s Family Courts After the Constitutional Amendment
  • Military Benefits: A Trap for Unwary Lawyers and Judges
  • Rehabilitative Maintenance - Not Always in Kentucky
  • Dissipation & Fault Maintenance
  • The Complex Financial Case - Get a Grip and Analyze the Tax Returns
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Status in Kentucky
  • Ethics, Bounds of Advocacy and Challenges
  • Evaluation of Closely Held Business

Changes in Jefferson Family Court due to Passage of
Constitutional Amendment

Louisville Bar Association, Family Law Section, Louisville, KY

12th Annual Domestic Relations Update

Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY

2002

Collaborative Family Law Workshop

Louisville, KY

  • Traditional Practice of Family Law
  • History of Collaborative Family Law
  • Shifting the Paradigm - Becoming a Collaborative Lawyer
  • The Interest-Based Negotiation Model
  • Collaborative Communication
  • The Initial Client Interview
  • Role Play - The Initial Client Interview
  • The Collaborative Four-Way Settlement Conference
  • Role Play: Client Preparation for the Four-Way
  • Role Play: Attorneys Preparation for the Four-Way
  • Role Play: Four-Way Settlement Conference
  • Professionalism

An In-Depth Look at Domestic Violence
Access to Justice Foundation

Louisville, KY

Institute for Family Law Associates

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Loyola University, Chicago, IL

  • Client Management and Control
  • Communication Skills – Other Counsel, Judges & Staff
  • The Discovery Process
  • Preparing Your Client for His/Her DepositionHow to Read, Analyze and Understand Financial Statements and Tax Returns
  • Use of Spreadsheets
  • Business Valuation 101
  • Pensions and QDROs 101
  • Psychological Testing
  • Working with Mental Health Professionals and Preparing Your Client for Mediation and Custody Evaluations
  • Preparing for Hearings and Trials – the Trial Notebook
  • Marking Exhibits and Preparing Evidentiary Arguments
  • Frequent Ethical Problems and Solutions

Recent Developments in Ethics
Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County

Louisville, KY

11th Annual Domestic Relations Update
Louisville Bar Association

Navigating Dependency
Louisville Bar Association

2001

Biennial Family Law Institute
University of Kentucky College of Law

Custody Evaluations & Parenting Schedules: The Best Interest Standard
Louisville Bar Association

Annual Family Law Nuts & Bolts of Divorce Seminar
Louisville Bar Association / U of L School of Law

4th Annual Kentucky Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Louisville Bar Association Family Law Seminar

Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, KY

  • Thinking Tools for Lawyers, Technology for Family Law, Especially Multidimensional Tools and Mindmapping
  • Child Support Guidelines and Deviations, Particularly in Equally Shared Parenting Time Schedules
  • The Joys of Settlement Part II
  • A Vision for Family Court—The Rule of Law
  • Custody Testing with Interactive Discussion of Rorschach
  • The Joys of Ethics

Maintenance Determinations: The Judges vs. Calculator Software
Louisville Bar Association / U of L School of Law

Creating Trial & Negotiating Exhibits
Louisville Bar Association

2000

Working with Appraisal and Valuation Professionals
Louisville Bar Association

Motion Hour Mediation:  What Is It?  How Does It Work? Why Is It Good for Jefferson County?
ADR/Mediation Section of Louisville Bar Association / U of L School of Law

10th Annual Domestic Relations Update
Louisville Bar Association / U of L School of Law

3rd Annual Kentucky Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Family Law Seminar

Lexington, KY

  • Business Appraisals for the Advanced Practitioner
  • Preparing Your Client for Mediation
  • Working with the Experts
  • New Innocent Spouse Rules
  • Divorcing the Military and Civil Service Employees
  • Third Party Access for Children
  • Highlights from the General Assembly 2000

Anatomy of an Appeal
Louisville Bar Association/U of L School of Law

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders Update
Louisville Bar Association / U of L School of Law

1999

Ninth Annual Domestic Relations Update
Louisville Bar Association / U of L School of Law

Child Support: Establishment, Modification and Enforcement
Louisville Bar Association

Recent Changes in Child Support Collection
Louisville Bar Association / U of L School of Law

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