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Family Law

Family Matters Are Serious And Personal

With more than 30 years of experience practicing family law, I offer my clients the legal support they need to navigate successfully through the divorce and other family law-related proceedings.

With compassion and a true understanding of how devastating family changes can be, I help to guide individuals and families through these difficult processes with honesty and clarity.

 

You Need An Ally In And Out Of Court

At my practice, Susan Thurston, P.A., I work in complete partnership with you through your legal proceeding. You will always understand your options and what your odds are in court or other dispute resolution methods. I assist families with past conflicts, modifying old court orders, planning for the future and protecting your family dynamic.

 

Changing Wills After A Divorce

I strongly encourage you to update your will at the conclusion of your divorce proceeding. Whether you are a single person or happily married, it is important to have an updated will that accurately determines the distribution of your assets, appoints guardians for minor children and identifies the individuals you have chosen to act as personal representatives.

 

Creating A Prenuptial Agreement

Prenuptial agreements are not just for millionaires and movie stars. If you have been married before, have children from a previous relationship or have an interest in property that you would like to protect in the event of death or divorce, having a prenuptial agreement can save you or your estate time and money.

Prenuptial agreements identify your nonmarital estate and can predetermine your rights and the rights of your spouse in the event of your death or divorce. I urge you to consider preparing a prenuptial agreement at least six months prior to your anticipated nuptials.

 

Grandparent and Third Party Custody

There are circumstances that allow grandparents to secure a visitation schedule with their grandchildren, as long as visitation rights would be in the best interest of the child and would not interfere with the parent/child relationship.  There are other circumstances that allow family members and other third parties to gain temporary or permanent custody of minor children when biological parents have abandoned, neglected, or otherwise exhibited disregard for the child’s well-being, or other extraordinary circumstances.  Contact me to discuss your circumstances and to determine your legal options.

 

Schedule A Free Consultation

With more than 30 years of experience, I represent my clients in a variety of family law cases. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please contact me or call 651-653-8800.

My office is located in downtown White Bear Lake, and appointments are available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.