Candace E. Holmes is a highly skilled attorney with years of experience focused primarily on family law. Raised in Delaware, she is a true local with a deep connection to her community. She is dedicated to providing quality legal representation to her clients. Her passion for justice has been the driving force behind her career.

Ms. Holmes obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware in 2004. She then pursued her Juris Doctor degree at the University of the District of Columbia – David A. Clarke School of Law, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2016. While in law school, Ms. Holmes served on the UDC Law Review as an Associate and Senior Editor. Her academic achievements are a testament to her dedication and hard work, and she has continued to excel in her legal career.

Ms. Holmes was admitted to the Delaware State Bar in 2016 and began her legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Felice G. Kerr and the Honorable Natalie J. Haskins at the New Castle County Family Court. During her tenure, she gained valuable perspective on the judicial process. Her clerkship provided the opportunity for extensive research on complex matters, and drafting of opinions, all of which she has since used to the benefit of her clients.

Ms. Holmes took her first law firm position in 2017 at Schmittinger and Rodriguez. Three years later she took the opportunity to join the Delaware Department of Justice as a Deputy Attorney General, where her work focused on representing the Division of Family Services in cases involving dependent, neglected, and/or abused children.

In 2023, Ms. Holmes returned to Schmittinger and Rodriguez to pursue her passion for family law, her primary practice area at the firm. She provides legal representation in all family matters including divorce, child custody, child support, and guardianship. Her experience as a family law attorney has given her a deep understanding of the emotional and legal challenges that families face in challenging times. Ms. Holmes is committed to providing compassionate and effective representation to her clients.

Ms. Holmes is a member of several legal organizations, including the Delaware State Bar Association, the Kent County Bar Association (President), the American Bar Association, and the Terry-Carey Inn of Court (Membership Chair). Ms. Holmes is also a board member of the Academy of Dover Charter School and Delaware Lawyer Magazine, and serves as the co-chair for DSBA’s Committee on Lawyer’s Assistance and Guidance. These organizations provide her with the opportunity to stay current with changes in the law and to collaborate with other legal professionals.



    • Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable Felice G. Kerr and The Honorable Natalie J. Haskins, New Castle County Family Court
    • Deputy Attorney General, Delaware Department of Justice
    • Delaware State Bar Association
    • Kent County Bar Association, Board Member
    • American Bar Association
    • Terry-Carey Inn of Court

practice areas

Family Law

Family law practice involves representing clients in matters related to family relationships, including divorce, child custody and support, alimony, adoption, PFA orders, and domestic violence. Protecting the legal and financial rights of spouses and families is at the core of this practice.

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