Jacqueline Ratkey - An Independence Divorce Attorney

Jacqueline Ratkey


Independence divorce attorney Jacqueline Ratkey Independence divorce attorney Jacqueline Ratkey decided to go to law school because of the human element of practicing. No other practice area presents the opportunity to make a unique difference in an individual’s life as family law.

“A client I can see, meet with, and ultimately help,” Ms. Ratkey said. “I genuinely enjoy getting to know new people on a daily basis. Practicing family law is rewarding to me because I get to see my clients grow stronger and more confident right before my eyes.”

Ms. Ratkey says she doesn’t like to “hide the ball” from her clients. She is upfront with them throughout the course of their case, regardless of the circumstances.

“For a client, it is important to know the strengths and weaknesses of their case,” she said.

Ms. Ratkey’s background in social work enables her to take a strengths-based approach to each case.

“Every individual has different strengths and resources that ultimately can be honed and applied to their situations for a more positive outcome,” she said.

In her initial meeting with clients, Ms. Ratkey encourages them to be as open and honest with her as she is with them. Ultimately, that is what is best for all parties involved.

“To be the strongest advocate for you, I need to know as much as possible about your case,” she said. “I am not here to judge. I am here to help you.”

Licenses & Admissions

Ms. Ratkey is licensed to practice in Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado.


Ms. Ratkey received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, with a minor in Spanish. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Ms. Ratkey was a fellow with Harvard Legal Aid Bureau in Cambridge, Mass., where she practiced family law, helping clients obtain divorces, child custody and support orders.


Ms. Ratkey is a member of the Missouri Bar.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Ms. Ratkey was interviewed by KOA NewsRadio-Denver to discuss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on marriages.


"Honestly, Cordell & Cordell has turned my life around. In the beginning, I was hardly seeing my son. They were also really good at keeping me updated on what they needed and when ... They were also very forgiving and understanding when I wasn’t able to get them documents or other things right away. I’ve already referred them to others and would definitely use them again if ever needed. I tell people all the time [that] they’ll have to pay for it but it’s well worth it ...  I’m blessed to be working with them."
"Jacqueline is excellent! She’s very personable and good at explaining things calmly and clearly. I can’t say enough good things about her. I feel she’s a valuable commodity to your company. "
"Jacqueline Ratkey is awesome. She is a great attorney.  I highly value her."
"Jacqueline is good at keeping me up to date on everything.  ... She is also giving me suggestions on what I need to do and what will look better in going to court.  Her advice is helping me out in the long run."
"Honestly, Jackie went above and beyond the call of duty to help and take care of us.  She worked really hard, and there were many times she was [working] after hours. I very much appreciate it; because of of her hard work, I get to see my daughter everyday. I get to build our relationship because Jackie fought well for us.  There is nothing that she could have done to make things any better than they were.  She made it possible [for] a happy outcome. ..."
"The client portal was awesome! Jackie was very keen on finding out what we actually wanted. ... I never got paperwork that I wasn't told about ahead of time. Things were very convenient, and it makes you feel not as bad as it could be in this experience. The way you take care of your clients is above and beyond what I anticipated from an attorney."
"Jacqueline did everything perfectly.  I have referred her to three other people.  I am very happy."
"Jacqueline was a tough lawyer. ... She would always let me vent and understood my side of it."
"Jackie made the best of a bad situation. Jackie was always professional and gave me much valued legal advice. ... I was very pleased with everything."
"Jackie made the best of a bad situation.  Jackie was always professional and gave me much valued legal advice.  I plan to use Jackie again in the event that I need future services.  I was very pleased with everything."
"Jacqueline has done a great job guiding me and keep me in tac along the way. She's done a really good job educating me and how things may proceed. She's excellent."