Cindy Perusse

Cindy Perusse

Experience, Knowledge, Success
  • Divorce, Family Law, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Colorado, Minnesota
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Summary

I wanted to be a lawyer because I am interested in politics and how the law helps or hinders justice in our society. Family law became my focus fairly early on in my career just because there were a lot of people who came to my office with those kind of cases. I learned that I liked this area of the law because I could help people through the most heart-wrenching situation and watch them come out the other side with more peace in their lives.

I also enjoy the business of figuring out incomes, discovering the values of assets and debts and dividing property. I work with accountants to figure out tax consequences and cash-flow and business values for my clients.

I was born and raised in Minnesota. I have lived in California off and on. I have finally settled in Colorado with my family, which includes my husband, our teenage son and our soft-coated wheaten terrier. I am licensed in Minnesota and Colorado and have offices in both. This allows me to handle interstate divorce and family cases which I do with regularity in my practice.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and my law degree from Hamline University School of Law. I have advanced training in family law litigation and mediation.

I like to volunteer. You can find me at the military veterans legal clinic and domestic relations clinics around the metro area. I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) helping kids in the foster care system.

My philosophy is “choose your battles.” Let go of the small stuff. I don’t recommend divorce to anyone. It’s emotionally and financially draining. But, if you're at a point where you need out then you want an experienced FAMILY LAW attorney as your advocate. Someone who will give you the right advice and counsel for your situation. At the end of the day you will survive the process. I guarantee it.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I require an advance fee on all cases. My rate is $375/hr I also offer unbundled or limited representation for those clients who would like some legal guidance but who wish to manage the case themselves.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
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Minnesota
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner/owner
Perusse Nixon, PLLC
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Family Law practice
Owner
Perusse Family Law & Mediation Services, LLC
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My own practice entirely in the area of divorce, child custody, parenting time, property division, spousal maintenance,prenuptials and postnuptial agreements.
Associate
Law Office of Lisa Dugoni
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Family law firm in San Mateo, California
Associate
Law Office of Linda Olup
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Family law firm representing high net worth clients
Owner
Law Office of Cindy M. Perusse
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Law Clerk
3rd Judicial District
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Education
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D. (1994) | Law
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University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. (1988) | Geography
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Professional Associations
Minnesota State Bar Association-family law section  # 250491
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Activities: legislative committee,
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Women Owned Law Firms
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Colorado Bar Association-Family Law Section  # 43020
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Stress-Free Divorce, Vol. 4
Remarkable Press
Evidence Without Experts:Property Issues
American Bar Association
Early Neutral Evaluation as a Tool in Family Court
The Colorado Lawyer
Websites & Blogs
Website
Perusse Nixon, PLLC-Family Law Attorneys
Legal Answers
11 Questions Answered

Q. I am living in an emotionally abusive household, can I legally leave before I turn 18?
A: I'm sorry to hear how you are feeling in your home. You are not "emancipated" or legally an adult in CO until you are 18 years of age. You can become emancipated before 18 if you enter the military, get married or if the court to grants you emancipation. Parents are legally responsible to take care of you until you are emancipated. That being said, please talk to your school social or mental health staff person, a school nurse or a trusted teacher or friend. Don't suffer alone with your sadness. If you are at your wits end then go to your friends' house. Let your parents know your whereabouts and keep going to school. Everyone needs to know you are safe. You won't be arrested.
Q. My ex won’t let me take either of my 2 daughters to any medical appointments.
A: If there are no restrictions in the court order from both of you going to the doctor appointments then you don't need his permission to go. Just show up. By the same token you can't prevent him from going either.
Q. I have a 9year old daughter with my ex. We have a signed custody plan giving him supervised visitation since she was 2
A: You need to do what the order from the court says to do. There was a reason his parenting time was supervised. If he chose not to exercise that time with his daughter that is not your problem. You need to do what is in the best interests of your child. If the father wishes to have parenting time then you may mediate with him to come to a new kind of arrangement and then get it approved by the court or he may file a motion with the court and explain why he should have different parenting time. In either case, many parents who have been absent for a long time from a child's life will use a therapist to help "reintegrate" into the child's life again. It is usually done gradually for the comfort of the child. But, you should seek professional advise both legal and pychological before you agree to modify parenting time.
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Contact & Map
Perusse Nixon, PLLC
7887 E Belleview Avenue
Suite 1100
Englewood, CO 80111
Telephone: (303) 529-2921
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Free parking
Perusse Nixon, PLLC
8400 Normandale Lake Blvd.
Suite 920
Bloomington, MN 55437
Telephone: (612) 564-2075
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: free parking
Perusse Nixon, PLLC
11670 Fountains Drive
Suite 200
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Telephone: (612) 564-2075
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed