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Christie Thompson

divorce & custody mediator & paralegal at ChristieLegal
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About Me

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 rarely spent time with my sister and me or paid child support.

When I was 6, my mom married a Navy submariner. He adopted me. Then, my family moved to Groton, Connecticut, then Satellite Beach, Florida, then Newport News, Virginia, and back to CT because my adoptive-father was stationed at military bases there. I was always on the Honor Roll, and played soccer, basketball, and softball and was a flag twirler in the band. Starting in the summer after my junior year, I dropped the sports and worked as a waitress 30 hours per week to earn money to buy a car.

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 MN 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 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 as a result of my late-husband Karl dying. I was the Vice Chair from 2013 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. 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 and Cottage Grove more on than off since I moved to Cottage Grove in 2004. I currently praise God and pray at the Cottage Grove campus.

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, 23, and our daughter Megan, 18. Alexander was a member of AGC for 1 year. He died of an accidental Fentanyl overdose on Nov. 30, 2020 after years of fighting mental health issues and becoming blind in Nov. 2019. Megan graduated from high school and is working and working on her mental health.

About My Company

Through ChristieLegal, I provide efficient, affordable, and friendly paralegal services in family law - divorce, custody, and child support.

I inform client(s) about the laws and processes involved in handling a divorce or custody case, attempt to help them reach agreements on all of the issues, if necessary, refer them to an attorney for legal advice, write their court documents, and help them through the court process.

My fee is $125 per hour for helping folks through the entire divorce or custody case process. My fee is $195 per hour for divorce or custody mediation services only. My deposit is $1,00 to $2,000, depending upon the complexity of the case, for helping folks through the entire case. The down payment is the cost of the number of hours of mediation that the parties would like to participate in, with a minimum of 2 hours, for mediation services only. I give a 20% discount to military members, law enforcement and corrections officers, firefighters, EMTs, psychologists, including drug and alcohol counselors, teachers, and social workers, and veterans of those careers, victims of domestic abuse, and moderate income folks (earn under $40k per year).

I work for folks who live throughout MN. Normally, I meet with folks in-person in T. C. at the various Officenters locations. However, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, I'm meeting with folks online using Zoom. Since most legal work is done electronically, meeting in-person has never been necessary.

Who I want to meet...

I want to network with people who commonly work with people who are wanting to divorce - mortgage loan officers, real estate agents, financial advisors, life coaches, psychologists, and estate planning attorneys.

A great referral for me is...

a person or people who needs a divorce or to handle a custody issue and the case is simple to moderately complex and they are fairly dedicated to filing jointly in order to reduce the conflict and cost and complete the process in less time. I give a 20% discount to military members, law enforcement and corrections officers, firefighters, EMTs, psychologists, including drug and alcohol abuse counselors, teachers, and social workers, and veterans of those careers, victims of domestic abuse, and moderate income folks (earn under $40k per year).


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