Kristen Thurmond

Kristen Thurmond

Thurmond Law Firm LLC
  • Family Law, Divorce, Animal & Dog Law...
  • Missouri
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As a legal professional, Kristen Thurmond advocates for her clients and helps them navigate the legal system. Her law firm focuses on family, criminal, and animal matters. She opened her firm with the goal of helping individuals with every day, common legal needs.

Family law is often a confusing time for people. Kristen helps her clients be prepared for the legal issues that come during emotional times when family dynamics are changing. This include divorces, changing or modifying custody orders, child support issues, child custody issues, and paternity actions.

Animal matters are an area of law that is growing. Pet owners find themselves facing fines and possible jail time. If you're a pet owner and find yourself facing some sort of legal problem, Kristen can help. Kristen volunteers at Spay & Neuter KC frequently and has a passion for helping families keep their pets safe, healthy, and out of legal trouble.

Thurmond Law Firm can help individuals facing many types of criminal problems, such as theft, destruction of property, trespassing, assault, resisting arrest, domestic violence, harassment, and more.

At Thurmond Law Firm, we assist people just like you in cities all across the KC Metro area in Missouri, such as Kansas City, Independence, Grandview, Raytown, Lee's Summit, Belton, Harrisonville, Garden City, Liberty, Kearney, Gladstone, Riverside, Parkville, Platte City, and many others.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Criminal Law
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    We accept Visa and MasterCard.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Our consult fee 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.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney and Owner
Thurmond Law Firm LLC
- Current
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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One of 21 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Kansas City
Recognized as one of the Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Kansas City, Missouri due to her specializing in helping pet owners and juveniles in family court.
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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Spay & Neuter Kansas City
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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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Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Assocation
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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.
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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.
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Legal Answers
96 Questions Answered

Q. If child support amount is set in divorce decree can it be changed over the years???
A: Child support can be changed any time there is a change in circumstances that effects overnights, health insurance, income of the parties, and other factors resulting in at least a 20% change or a change in who pays. Relocation is a separate issue, though someone relocating can effect the factors for child support. Failure of either parent to provide proper notice of relocation can result in a modification of child custody and parenting time. If you were given proper notice under the relocation statute and did not file a motion to prevent relocation, then the parent who provided notice can move. You will want to speak with a local attorney about what you need to do.
Q. Can a motion to compel a judge to sign a divorce decree be filed? See below additional info.
A: Based on your city being Grandview, MO, I am going to assume you are in Jackson County, MO. They have a specific docket for uncontested cases and you need to send in a proposed judgment. If you have an attorney, they will have done this. If you do not have an attorney, you need to do it. There are proposed forms on the website. Jackson County also gives you a hearing date on the uncontested docket. If you have attended that already and the Judge said you had a proposed judgment that was sufficient, the Judge should have signed it then and there. If that happened, call the court to ask if it was mailed to you. If you have an attorney and they sent in a proposed judgment, you will have to be patient as sometimes it can take a couple months. Judges sign documents based on first in-first out basis with the exception of expedited or emergency orders. As an aside, a thirty day wait is not that long in the legal system, though most judges try to sign family law judgments sooner rather than later.
Q. What forms do i need to file a motion to inforce the original visitation agreement in a Missouri court? Of a minor
A: If you were given a parenting time according to a parenting plan in the child's guardianship, then you can enforce that by filing a Family Access Motion. You can get assistance from counsel or go to the courthouse and ask the clerk to help you with the forms. By law, the clerk can somewhat assist you with the form, which is different from almost any other request of the court. However, you may want to consult with an attorney about the realistic effect of enforcing it and explore all your options.
Q. My ex-husband who I share 50/50 custody is seeking to put our daughter into a school under his girlfriends address.
A: This is going to be something you'll need to discuss with an attorney about all the pros and cons of trying to enforce the settlement agreement. While on its face there seems to be grounds for changes due to violating the court's orders, there are always consequences to filing and what the court can realistically do to enforce the order. It is also going to be very specific to the judge you'll be in front of, as well. So consult with local counsel who knows that courtroom!
Q. Is it legal to take a person to court without notifying them
A: You will need to contact an attorney who handles contested probate cases. Failure to properly serve or give due notice to a required party has serious consequences. However, you will need an attorney to help you assess if that's what happened in this instance.
Q. My son is in college. Wanted to know how to make a "formal request" for his transcripts/grades.
A: There are two things to bring up when responding to this. The first is the literal answer. There is no formal method. You make a paper trail of asking. If you normally correspond by email, then request by email. You can send a certified letter asking for the transcript and grades to the child who is in school and a copy to the other parent. If it's not complied with or requirements not met, then you can file a request to terminate support on those grounds. The second thing to bring up is the damage this could do to your relationship with your child by demanding information from them. Family law is often not black and white and we have to remind ourselves of the repercussions actions have. Talk this through with an attorney located in the state where you're ordered to pay to best determine what to do for you.
Q. In a Motion to Modify, does the original Petitioner/Respondent remain the same as the original divorce?
A: Yes, you remain labeled as the Respondent. You are modifying the original judgment where you were the Respondent so it stays the same. However, since you filed the motion to modify, you get to present evidence first. If she has an attorney, you may want to seek legal counsel for full or limited representation to best protect your rights.
Q. Am I still obligated to pay child support under Missouri Law?
A: You will want to look into your options to terminate child support in Missouri if Missouri has issued the support order through an administrative proceeding or judgment containing a support order. Try looking for the self representation forms regarding termination of child support on the website. You shouldn't need an attorney.
Q. I'm still paying child support on a child that has turned 21, is there any way to get the money paid back?
A: Talk to a local lawyer about what to file to get the money back. The sooner you file the easier it will be. The family support division has no idea about your child not attending full time so you have to get the order changed. The division only has an order that states you have to pay. It does not track when the requirements are no longer met or circumstances change. That burden is on the receiving parent and even then the receiving parent sometimes has to be persuaded to change it.
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Thurmond Law Firm LLC
Linwood Professional Building
204 West Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111
Telephone: (816) 895-2858