Kristen Thurmond

Kristen Thurmond

Attorney at Thurmond Law Firm LLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Juvenile Law ...
  • Missouri
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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 through the legal process while addressing the issues that arise while family dynamics are changing. This includes establishing custody and support orders through a divorce or paternity action, as well as changes or modifications to existing orders or parenting plans. Kristen practices in Platte, Clay, Cass, and Jackson Counties for all types of domestic and family law issues. Kristen has also started assisting Legal Aid of Western Missouri with cases in Buchanan County.

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 assists 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 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.

Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Juvenile Law
    Animal & Dog Law
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  • 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. We also offer limited representation by way of preparing documents for you to use in court if you cannot afford full representation or have an amicable resolution pending.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Contract Attorney
Legal Aid of Western Missouri
- Current
Assist as needed with clients who are approved for representation through Legal Aid in Buchanan County.
Trial Attorney and Of Counsel
B L Harrison Law LLC
- Current
Handles trial matters for contested matters on behalf of the firm and other minor matters as needed.
Attorney and Owner
Thurmond Law Firm LLC
- Current
Diligent and reliable representation for all practice areas. Firm has been open since 2015 and was rebranded in 2018. The attorney continues to operate her firm while working as trial attorney and of counsel.
The Law Offices of Creagar & Thurmond, LLC
Intern/Law Clerk
Whitsitt & Whitsitt, LLC
Student Attorney
UMKC Child and Family Services Clinic
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
J.D. (2014) | Law
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
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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Top 20 Family Lawyers in Kansas City
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
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Young Professional Board of PRCKC
- Current
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
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Pet Resource Center of Kansas City (f/k/a Spay and Neuter KC)
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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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.
Legal Answers
116 Questions Answered
Q. If both party's have joint property can he or she pick up personal stuff when the other is not there?
A: This answer depends on where the personal property is located and if both parties have legal rights to enter the real property used as the marital residence. The two types of property are important and distinct. Personal property is the household goods, furniture, vehicles, bank accounts, electronics, clothes, etc., that a person owns. Real property is real estate such as a house, apartment, condo, townhome, vacant lot, land, etc. If only one party owns the real property, then the only recourse of the other party is to request it back in the divorce proceeding. If both parties own the real property or are on the lease or rental agreement (without the other party illegally evicting them) then both parties have a right to enter and use the real property. That would mean both parties can come get personal property at any time if they are moving out or even if they have been moved out for a few weeks or months. It becomes murkier and less clear the longer it takes the person who has moved out to get personal property from a residence the longer he or she has left the residence. This is why the court has clients fill out assets and debts statements indicating personal property in each person's possession. The sooner you fill it out, the better memory you'll have of what property is present. A lot of attorneys will advise people to take pictures of property, too. That way if something gets damaged, you can show what it is supposed to look like, what or how it was damaged, and, possibly, who damaged it. ... Read More
Q. I have had a restraining order against my ex husband for the last 2 years, he keeps violating it
A: You cannot get a restraining order in MO for a child when there is a divorce decree with custody determinations in place because the divorce judgment has higher authority than an order of protection (what is referred to as a restraining order). You will need to register your divorce judgment in MO and then move to modify the judgment, including a motion for restraining order while the motion to modify is pending. Find a local lawyer to help with a modification as soon as possible! If you have serious concerns about your safety, look into the Safe at Home address confidentiality program through the MO Secretary of State website to see if you qualify. Reach out to local Legal Aid to see if they can assist or call around to find an attorney you can afford. ... Read More
Q. Already legally separated since 2019. We both are in agreement we would like the final divorce. How do we proceed?
A: You state you are legally separated. If that means you have a judgment stating you are legally separated, then you simply need to file a motion to convert to a dissolution of marriage. You can have an attorney assist you or try to find forms on the self-representation portion of the Missouri courts website.

If you have only been living separately and agreed on how to divide all your assets and debts, then you can choose to use the self-representation forms to file for a divorce or hire an attorney to assist preparing paperwork for you to file or to prepare and file for you. Most attorneys will do uncontested divorces for a flat fee instead of hourly.
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Contact & Map
Thurmond Law Firm LLC
Linwood Professional Building
204 West Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111
Telephone: (816) 895-2858