Family Law Attorney
I have been practicing entirely family law for over 26 years. Family law became my focus early on just because there were a lot of people who came to my office with those kind of matters. I learned that I liked this area law because I was not afraid of the emotions that go along with it. As a business owner, a mother and a wife, I understand the things parents have to juggle on a daily basis. Adding a legal proceeding to the mix can feel overwhelming. The most important thing I can do for my clients is to protect their interests in a legal proceeding so they can continue to focus on their children and their jobs.
I litigate divorce cases from the simple to the complex. I have handled countless motions hearings and trials all over the metro area. Determining income and cash-flow, tax consequences and valuing of real estate, personal property and businesses are a regular part of my practice. Child custody and parenting time disputes can be ongoing. I represent many new and returning clients in modifying parenting time and child support. I partner with CPAs, therapists and other professionals to get the best results for my clients.
I have active licenses in Minnesota and Colorado. Our two offices allow me to handle a steady stream of interstate divorce and family cases.
I received my bachelor’s degree from UCLA and my law degree from Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell-Hamline School of Law). I was a law clerk in the 3rd judicial district in Minnesota for a year right after law school. After my clerkship, I was an associate for small and medium law firms in Minnesota and California. I completed advanced training in Family Law Trial Advocacy through (NITA) and I have 40 hours of training in family law mediation.
I like to volunteer. You can find me at the military veterans legal clinic or domestic relations self-help clinics around the metro area. My husband is a proud Air Force Veteran and travels the world as an airline pilot. We enjoy watching our college-age son play hockey and hiking with our Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier.
I am a member of:
- Minnesota Bar Association -family law section
- Colorado Bar Associations-family law section
- W.O.L.F. (Women Owned Law Firms) a fantastic group of lawyers in Colorado
Custody Xchange – Minnesota Child Custody: Laws & More
Impact Makers Radio interview~”Let’s Talk Divorce”, May 2017
Evidence Without Experts: Property Issues, ABA Family Advocate, Fall 2013
Early Neutral Evaluation as a Dispute Resolution Tool in Family Court, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 41, No. 5, May 2012
Stress-Free Divorce – Vol 4: Available on Amazon. Cindy Perusse – Contributing AuthorI