I was born and spent the first 6 years of my life in St. Paul. When I was 3 years old, my parents divorced. Thereafter, my father didn't have much to do with my sister and me and rarely paid child support.
When my mom remarried when I was 6, my father signed his parental rights over to her new husband. Thereafter, my family moved to Groton, Connecticut, then Satellite Beach, Florida, then Newport News, Virginia, and back to CT because her husband was stationed at Naval bases there.
I went to high school in Oakdale, Connecticut. By then, I had already gone to 12 other schools. I was always on the Honor Roll. For my first 3 years, I played soccer, basketball, and softball and was a flag twirler for the band. Starting the summer after my junior year, I worked as a waitress at a family restaurant.
In 1995, I earned a B.A. in Political Science Public Service with a minor in Legal Studies at Hamline University, with a 3.74 g.p.a. I was on the Mock Trial Team. I also interned in State Senate.
In 2009, I earned my Paralegal Certificate at Hamline University. I interned in business, real estate, estate, and probate law at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills, & Bauer. I graduated summa cum laude.
I dated and then was married to my late-husband Karl from 1993 to 2009. He unexpectedly died of a heart attack at age 39. As a result, I'm the only parent to our son, Alexander, 21, and our daughter, 15.
I have provided volunteer services to the community in a variety of ways.
First, I volunteered on the Cottage Grove Human Services Human Rights Commission from 2004 to 2016, with a break from 2009 to 2011. I was the Vice Chair from 2013 to 2016. I lead the fundraising group from 2012 to 2016. The City disbanded the group in 2016.
Second, I volunteered for Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Network of Cottage Grove Steering Committee from 2011 to 2014. As a member, I had a variety of duties. In Spring of 2011, I was the leader of the silent auction for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, our first fundraiser. In Summer 2013, I brought to Cottage Grove The Echoes of War presentation, which is an eye opening presentation about the long-term emotional and physical effects of combat on military members, i.e. post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Lastly, I was 1 of the managers of the organization's Facebook page.
Third, I was the lead volunteer at God's Closet on the first Saturday of the month from 2006 to 2014. It's a charity in East St. Paul that provides free clothes, household goods, books, and toys to low-income people who live near the area.
I've been a member of The Grove United Methodist Church in Woodbury since I moved to Cottage Grove in 2004.
Through ChristieLegal, I provide efficient, affordable, and friendly paralegal services in family law - divorce, custody, and child support.
I inform client(s) of their choices for how to divorce or handle a custody or child support issue, attempt to help them reach agreements, if necessary, refer them to a mediator or attorney for help reaching agreements, write documents, help them file and, if necessary, serve the documents on the other party, and prepare them for the court process.
My fee is $85 per hour. My deposit is $1,00 to $3,000, depending upon the complexity of the case. In addition, I offer a 20% discount for my heroes - military members, law enforcement and corrections officers, firefighters, teachers, social workers, mental health providers, and veterans of those careers - and moderate-income folks.
I work for folks whom live throughout MN. I'm able to meet in-person with some folks whom live outside of T. C. on certain days. However, most legal work is done electronically, so meeting in-person isn't necessary.
people who commonly works with people whom are headed for divorce, such as real estate agents, mortgage bankers, financial advisors, and psychologists, people who are military members, law enforcement and corrections officers, firefighters, teachers, social workers, mental health providers, and veterans of those careers since I offer those folks 20% discount and they could pass that on to other people whom work in those careers, people who share custody of a child with someone whom doesn't co-parent well or isn't following the custody order, and fathers who weren't married to their child's mother and don't have custody and parenting time rights.
a person or people who needs a divorce or is having trouble enforcing a custody agreement (parenting time or sharing decision-making power with medical or dental decisions) or custody agreement needs to be modified for a variety of reasons or person doesn't have a custody agreement (father who wasn't married to his baby's mama).