Why Choose ChristieLegal?

Why Christie Is Passionate About Working in Divorce and Custody Law

Christie is passionate about working in divorce and custody law because nothing is more important to your social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and financial success than being part of a healthy long-term romantic relationship or not being in a relationship and being able to regularly spend adequate time with your children.  Who you partner with is the most important decision that you will make because that person could improve your life or significantly negatively affect it!


Why Choose To Work With ChristieLegal Instead of an Attorney? 

Working with Christie of ChristieLegal instead of an attorney MIGHT be a good choice for your MN divorce and/or custody case because these cases are more likely to be resolved with less conflict and cost and the result of the case is more likely to be effective long-term when the parties work together to resolve a case, instead of lawyering up.

1 of the goals of working with ChristieLegal is to reduce conflict between the parties compared to each party lawyering up.  ChristieLegal will work to help folks understand the divorce and custody laws and reach agreements on all of the issues that must be decided to resolve the case.  She won’t advocate for either party.  Therefore, her work creates less negativity and shortens the case process down to an average of 3 months.

Another goal of working with ChristieLegal to resolve your divorce and/or custody case is to produce an agreement that’s more likely to be effective long-term.   When parties reach agreements, they’re more effective because they know their family’s situation better than an attorney or judge does.  In addition, the parties will be much more likely to buy into agreements that they reached versuses a judge’s decisions that were forced upon them since they were the creators of the agreements, so they had skin in the game.  This is a beautiful thing because the parties will be less likely to end up filing motions in court every year or few years because 1 or both of the parties isn’t following the Judgment and Decree for Dissolution of Marriage or Custody Order.  Cha ching!  Do you want to be trapped in endless divorce and/or custody case litigation or save lots of $?!

The last goal of working with ChristieLegal to resolve your MN divorce and/or custody case is to save you thousands to tens of thousands of $s!  I charge about 125% less than the average attorney at $135 per hour for mediator and paralegal services and $200 per hour for mediator service only!  The mediator and paralegal services deposit is $1,000 to $2,000, depending upon the complexity of the case.  The deposit for mediation is the cost for the number of requested hours of service plus the pre-mediation interviews of the parties.

I give a 10% discount to my heroes – military folks, law enforcement and corrections officers, firefighters, EMTs, teachers, social workers, psychologists, and veterans of those careers – and moderate income folks.  I spent most of my childhood as a Navy Brat, so I know that I couldn’t do what military folks have done.  I’ve worked as a corrections officer and a teacher in St. Paul and the suburbs of St. Paul.              My children and I have used the services of psychologists and social workers since my late-husband Karl died in 2009.  


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Why Christie Is Qualified to Work in Divorce and Custody Law

Christie’s Work Experience

  • I have been working separately from an attorney for people whom would like to divorce and/or resolve a child custody case in Minnesota since February 2013.
  • I worked as a family law paralegal for Shannon M. Fitzpatrick, J.D., of Minneapolis from March 2012 to January 2014.  I assisted her with child custody, child support, divorce, and grandparent visitation cases. During that time, I gained experience working with many people and organizations, including custody evaluators, parenting consultants, financial institutions, credit card companies, credit reporting agencies, real estate property recorders’ offices, real estate property and personal property evaluators, child support offices, and family law and child support courts.  I worked mostly out of my home in Cottage Grove.
  • I worked as a family law paralegal for Matthew E. Ludt, J. D., of Stillwater from May 2014 to August 2015.  I assisted him with divorce, child custody, and child support cases.   I worked out of my home in Cottage Grove.

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Christie’s Education and Training

  • Transformative mediator training provided by Simon Mediation in June 2019 and January 2022;
  • On-the-job training provided by Shannon M. Fitzpatrick, J. D., then in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from March 2012 to January 2014 and Matthew E. Ludt, J.D., Stillwater, Minnesota, from May 2014 to August 2015;
  • Continuing Legal Education classes and other trainings offered by Minnesota Paralegal Association and Minnesota State, Ramsey County, and Hennepin County Bar Associations; on going;
  • Hamline University – Paralegal Certificate, including applicable courses in Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law, Criminal Law, Legal Research and Writing, Rules of Evidence, and Alternative Dispute Resolution and an internship at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills, & Bauer in Apple Valley, Minnesota learning and working in estate, probate, real estate, business, and personal injury law; 4.0 g.p.a.; 2009;
  • Minnesota Correctional System – investigation and writing trainings; 2006; and
  • Hamline University – B. A. in Political Science Public Service with Legal Studies Minor; 1995; 3.74 g.p.a.; Mock Trial – made it to regional competition yearly from 1991 to 1995.

Christie’s Honors & Awards

  • Pi Gamma Mu, international social sciences honor society for undergraduate college students – 1993; and
  • Dean’s List at Hamline University – every semester while earning B.A. from 1991 to 1995 and and Paralegal Certificate from January 2008 to December 2009.

Professional Associations and Groups that Christie Belongs To

  • Minnesota State Bar Association since 2013.
  • Minnesota Legal Professionals (legal networking group that I’ve lead) since 2011.

Results of Christie’s Work

  • ChristieLegal has saved clients thousands to tens of thousands of $ compared to hiring an attorney!   Attorneys charge $200 to $550 per hour, and she charges $135 per hour for full-service divorce and/or custody services and $200 per hour for divorce and/or custody mediation only.  In addition, she offers a 10% discount to her heroes – military members, law enforcement and corrections officers, firefighters, EMTs, teachers, social workers, psychologists, and veterans of those careers – and moderate-income folks.
  • ChristieLegal has shortened the divorce process for her clients.  The process is usually longer when attorneys are involved because more legal steps are required and some attorneys are less likely to encourage their client to settle easily.
  • ChristieLegal has had many satisfied clients.  Here are reviews from a few of them:

“I highly recommend Christie L. Thompson, paralegal, as a highly skilled family law professional.  Christie was a godsend in assisting my ex-husband and I to achieve an amicable, inexpensive, and speedy divorce.  Her meticulous work on our divorce petition was deemed impeccable by the judge, which meant we did not need to set a court date since our divorce was accepted on the first proposal.  I am very grateful for her ability to bring a calm resolution at a difficult time.”  – Deborah Cavitt, St. Paul, on http://www.linkedin.com/in/christielthompson in July 2014

After 8 years, my ex-wife and I made the difficult decision to finally get a divorce.  My ex-wife was looking into lawyers that were asking for $4,000 up front, and I hadn’t even begun looking.  Since my wife and I were nearly on the same page in dividing our assets, I suggested that we use Christie as a paralegal.  Not only did we save nearly $10,000 dollars and months of fighting using Christie, but she also guided us through all the steps necessary to get to the end point as quickly and easily as possible.  Christie articulated exactly what we would need to decide and brought up things that we hadn’t even thought of.  When we submitted the divorce documents, there were no issues and the divorce process was quick.  Using Christie is will save you thousands of dollars and headaches, and you won’t regret it.”  – Joe G., Minneapolis, in April 2016

“Christie was wonderful. A kind and supportive professional that will guide you through one of the harder experiences in life. I have recommended her to others already.”              – Colin A., S. St. Paul, on http://www.yelp.com in August 2016

“My ex and I worked with Christie to write our divorce decree in 2015. It was a difficult time but she made it less painful. She was prompt, fair, has personal and professional experience, and did a healthy amount of questioning to be sure my ex and I knew what we wanted. This is the way to go if you don’t want to get lawyers involved and is definitely more affordable.”  – Amy Anderson, Minneapolis, on http://www.facebook/ChristieLegalMN/reviews in August 2017

“Christie worked with me through this most difficult process. She explained everything and made this whole thing less painful to me. I would recommend Christie to anyone who goes through this.”  – Mary Mann, Cottage Grove, on http://www.facebook/ChristieLegalMN/reviews in June 2018

Christie came highly recommended to me by a very well respected attorney.  She assisted me in becoming familiar with the timing regarding the  filing of divorce documents, so that I could clearly make the next steps.  She really knows her stuff!  Her knowledge and experience makes her a reliable paralegal.  Christie is also helpful in a competent and compassionate way.  She went above and beyond and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Christie to someone else who’s looking for a fantastic family law paralegal.”  Paul Jeannotte, Minneapolis, on http://www.linkedin.com/in/christielthompson in November 2015

“Christie is professional, thorough and overall great at what she does. I am thankful that we were able to use Christie as the process was respectful and collaborative. Our documents were in order quickly and Christie’s pricing was very reasonable.” – Talley Flora, Edina, on www.facebook/ChristieLegalMN/reviews in  June 2018

“Christie helped me A LOT with my twin daughters.  Very affordable AND professional!  I recommend her to all single parents!” – Herman Abrams, on www.facebook/ChristieLegalMN/reviews in July 2017


How To Obtain Family Law Mediator and Paralegal Services from ChristieLegal

1.  Schedule a FREE 30 minutes initial consultation using ChristieLegal’s Calendly online scheduling tool at     .  (Please click on the line to go to to the website.)  Thank you.

2.  During the initial consultation, ask questions regarding how Christie would handle your legal situation and what the legal process is, and provide Christie with info. regarding your legal situation.

3.  Provide Christie with a signed Contract or Agreement to Mediate or Agreement to Mediate to Contract, down payment, and a Questionnaire that’s completed to the best of your abilities.


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