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Kristen Thurmond

Kristen Thurmond

Attorney and Owner of Thurmond Law Firm LLC
  • Family Law, Animal & Dog Law, Criminal Law...
  • Missouri
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Kristen focuses on the areas of law that impact almost everyone. Kristen handles family, criminal, traffic, and animal matters. Family law matters include divorce, modifications, child support issues, child custody issues, paternity actions, guardianships, and adoptions. Kristen helps her clients be prepared for the legal issues that come during emotional times when family dynamics are changing.

Animal matters are an area of law that is growing. Pet owners find themselves facing fines and possible jail time. Currently, Kristen volunteers at Spay & Neuter Kansas City and has a passion for helping families keep their pets safe, healthy, and out of legal trouble.

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.

Originally from Nixa, Missouri, Kristen came to the Kansas City metro area to attend William Jewell College and fell in love with the city. She decided to go to UMKC School of Law and build connections in Kansas City in order to live here.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Animal & Dog Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Traffic Tickets
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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
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
Professional Associations
The Missouri Bar # 67783
Spay & Neuter Kansas City
- Current
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.
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Assocation
- Current
Speaking Engagements
Volunteer Attorney, Ask-a-Lawyer Telethon, KCMBA Headquarters
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Assocation
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61 Questions Answered

Q. Husband pays child support for daughter but does not have a custody agreement & mom wont let us see her. What can we do?
A: If father wants parenting time, he needs a court order that establishes a parenting plan in Missouri. Only the father can petition for it. Mother is not obligated to send a child to another state if nothing has been ordered. It is not clear who you are referring to as "we" in your question and as such I want to emphasize that only the father can petition for this. If he's not going to cooperate or be prepared to come to Missouri for court, then do not waste your time and money on it.
Q. Need to move out of MO for work with my 14 mo old. No custody agreement with dad, never married. Have to send cert lett?
A: If there is no court ordered plan in place, you are not obligated to give notice when relocating with your child. However, concealing your child may be considered parental kidnapping or cause other problems if he does file for paternity later. Let him know you're moving.
Q. I was granted custody of my daughter until she turns 18. Can she move out without my permission when she turns 17.
A: Legally, she is unable to move out or do anything until she is 18 in Missouri. She cannot sign a lease or enter any sort of contract. You can also report her as a runaway. However, just because you can legally do something does not mean it must be done. There is a reason your 17 year old wants to move out and her grandparents are encouraging it. I do not know the specifics of what is going on or where your daughter intends to move, but the best thing you can do is talk to her to discuss the practicality of actually living on her own--rent, utilities, cooking, cleaning, car payments, car insurance, rental insurance, etc.
Q. Getting fined for someone else’s dog
A: Normally, I would suggest hiring an attorney, but the costs of paying a ticket for a dog at large (meaning loose dog) is minimal compared to hiring an attorney. The best thing to do is to ask for a hearing. Appear in court on the day it's scheduled and ask for hearing or trial. The city has to prove it is your dog. Bring pictures of your dog and prepare questions to ask the animal control officer who cited you about whether or not he ever spoke to you or saw your dog. Ask the officer if he impounded the dog and if so did anyone pick it up. If the city does find you guilty, you have the right to appeal the decision and pay a bond on that covers the fines. It will get moved up to a higher court and reheard there. You may consult an attorney on appropriate things to ask and how court procedure works. Best of luck!
Q. Why can't an established order for child support be modified years later later?
A: This is going to be very fact dependent and rely on specific statutory language. You will need an attorney to assist you. At the very least, sit down to go over specifics as part of a consultation so you have a good idea of what to do next. Child Support Enforcement or an attorney may not be able to help if ten years have past since the last payment was made. Be sure to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to figure this out.
Q. How do we file a motion to suspend proceedings in our divorce? It is contested but no hearing dates are set yet. (MO)
A: The short answer is that the court does not have a "hold" option for matters. Hearings can be continued for good reason; however, if a judge hears that you're attempting reconciliation, he or she may dismiss the case and make you start over. You still have some time, though. Once your husband's attorney withdraws from the case, you will be moved to a docket with other cases that have all pro se parties (no attorneys representing them). That usually means the court will figure out an appropriate date for you and your husband to appear before the judge. You are able to call the court and division that is hearing your case to see if there are any pending dates and ask what will happen, as well. Use this time to explore reconciliation so you don't lose what work has gone into the case already and have to refile later.
Q. my child's father attorney filed a motion for stay at the custody hearing. There's been no new court date set.
A: From what you have said, it sounds like the attorney for the father has stopped the administrative child support proceedings in order to take care of support and custody at the same time through the court system. You should talk with an attorney about the details of your case to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your child.
Q. boyfriend lost job and couldn't pay his ridiculous high child support now he has a warrent can't get a job wat can we do
A: Your boyfriend is the only person who can correct this. He needs to speak with an attorney about how to reduce his child support or at the very least go to the self representation page of the Missouri Courts website to read about what he can do. Child support is ordered for the child, not the parents. Also, child support and child custody are treated separately. Your boyfriend needs to start taking action immediately. Contact an attorney.
Q. I need help a 14 year old girl was kicked out of her house over the weekend she is now staying with me
A: This is something that you absolutely need an attorney to help you with. This has the potential to get messy very quickly. Call several attorneys and work with the one you feel the most comfortable with.
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Thurmond Law Firm LLC
Linwood Professional Building
204 West Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111
Telephone: (816) 895-2858