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Kristen Thurmond

Kristen Thurmond

Attorney at Thurmond Law Firm LLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Animal & Dog Law ...
  • Missouri
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Biography

Kristen Thurmond is the owner of Thurmond Law Firm LLC. She started a practice with the goal of helping individuals with family and animal matters.

Dealing with a family law case is often a confusing time for people. Kristen helps her clients by walking through the legal process with them and addressing the legal issues that arise while family dynamics are changing. This includes establishing new custody and support orders through a divorce or paternity action and handling changes or modifications in existing orders. Kristen has tried cases in Platte, Clay, Cass, and Jackson Counties for all types of domestic and family law issues.

Animal related matters are an area of law that is growing. There is not one area of law that covers animal matters. Sometimes, pet owners find themselves facing fines and possible jail time for city tickets or charges. Her passion for animal related matters helps her guide clients through legal problems to keep pets safe, healthy, and out of legal trouble. If you're a pet owner and find yourself in that situation, Kristen can help. Additionally, Kristen has helped many animal related business owners with legal disputes and contracts, as well as assisting buyers and sellers when purchasing contracts are breached.

Lastly, Kristen has begun assisting parents and children in the Jackson County Family Court. Having been a GAL for children in Family Court for several years, Kristen has been able to learn the process the court has for reuniting families. She turned her focus on helping parents and children with charges to make sure they are getting the help they need and that they are being heard during the difficult process. She is accepting cases as substitute counsel for attorneys appointed in Jackson County.

Education
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
J.D. (2014) | Law
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Activities: National Adoption and Child Welfare Moot Court Team; Animal Law Society, President 2013; UMKC Child and Family Services Clinic
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William Jewell College
B.A. (2011) | English, History
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Honors: Rick-Pinkerton Scholarship for Dedication to the English Department
Activities: WJC's Online Radio Station (Manager 2008-2011); International English Honors Society; International History Honors Society; Alpha Gamma Delta
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Professional Experience
Attorney and Owner
Thurmond Law Firm LLC
- Current
Attorney
The Law Offices of Creagar & Thurmond, LLC
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Intern/Law Clerk
Whitsitt & Whitsitt, LLC
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Student Attorney
UMKC Child and Family Services Clinic
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Child Support Guidelines: Who Pays?
Restraining Orders Involving Dogs or Pets
Speaking Engagements
Volunteer Attorney, Ask-a-Lawyer Telethon, KCMBA Headquarters
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Assocation
Answered calls from Kansas City area individuals to provide legal guidance and sources to find legal assistance.
Volunteer Attorney, Ask-a-Lawyer Telethon, KCMBA Headquarters
KCMBA and Fox
Local news stations ran stories directing citizens to call in for free legal help. If there was not an attorney there to help, they directed the person to a local directory to find an attorney in that area of law.
Awards
Top 20 Family Lawyers in Kansas City
Expertise
Chosen from over 250+ attorneys in Kansas City, Missouri
Selected for Top 40 Under 40 for Family Law
American Institute of Trial Lawyers
Nominated as Top 40 Young Lawyer
National Alliance of Women in Law
Selected for Top 40 Under 40 for Criminal Defense
National Trial Lawyers
Selected as Top 40 Under 40 for Family Law
American Academy of Attorneys
Selected for Top 40 Under 40
National Trial Lawyers
Selected for Top 40 Under 40 in Family Law
American Academy of Attorneys
Nomination for Top Ten Attorney in Kansas City
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
Professional Associations
The Missouri Bar  # 67783
Member
Current
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Young Professional Board of PRCKC
Member
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Activities: Focused on supporting PRCKC through fundraising and awareness of their services to keep pets with their families.
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Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Assocation
Member
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Pet Resource Center of Kansas City (f/k/a Spay and Neuter KC)
Volunteer
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Activities: Volunteers assist with wellness care clinics, outreach programs, and community education opportunities. The goal of SNKC is to keep families together with their pets by providing low cost vaccinations, spays, and neuters and try to help families in need of supplies.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Missouri
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept Visa and MasterCard.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We charge an initial consult fee that is applied to your first invoice if you hire us. Ask us about our payment options, which include flat fees or payment plans instead of standard hourly billing.
Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Divorce
    Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Animal & Dog Law
    Juvenile Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Can I get in trouble legally for not allowing unsupervised visits for my children. No court ordered custody at this time
A: You need to look into filing a paternity action as soon as possible if you don't already have a custody order in place. If there is one, then you need to be filing to modify it. If you have legitimate concerns about the kids' safety, you need to file for an order of protection. Consult an attorney as soon as possible. Look into shelters for resources on assistance with the aftermath of domestic violence and therapy for yourself and the children. They also have staff attorneys who assist women in your situation. Otherwise, find someone who practices family law in Jackson County.
Q. Is full custody worth pursuing?
A: This is going to be very dependent on the judge who entered the first order and how they handle modifications. You need to find an attorney who practices in the county where your custody order was entered to see what your options are.
Q. How to remove/replace the current guardian at litem in our case doesn't seem to have her clients best interest in mind
A: Removing a guardian ad litem (GAL) is a difficult task if the case has been going on for a while. In the first few days of a GAL being appointed you can ask for a new one without cause. After that, you have to show good cause to have one removed. This means you have to show the judge that he or she is not acting in his or her client's best interests and that he or she is not doing the minimum due diligence. This is extremely hard to prove and you cannot un-ring that bell. Now the judge, GAL, and other parties all know you disagree with the GAL and it will make it harder to work with them.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Thurmond Law Firm
Blog
Blog - Thurmond Law Firm
Contact & Map
Thurmond Law Firm LLC
Linwood Professional Building
204 West Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111
Telephone: (816) 895-2858