Beth Crosland, Esq.
I was a single mother when I was in law school, and knowing personally the challenges that divorced families face, emotionally, legally, and financially, it became very apparent that I was well-suited to be a family law attorney. Around the time I was finishing law school and taking the bar exam, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, so it was an exciting time to be beginning my practice, knowing that the decision would change the face of family law as we knew it. I was interested in working at Mack & Associates because it was an opportunity to become a part of a growing firm, and help develop the firm's family law practice, which was smaller at the time.
In the office, I am the primary attorney for our family law practice; the cases may end up assigned to other attorneys, or assigned to multiple attorneys, but they typically all pass my desk at some point. I try to keep everyone in the firm up to date on current Kansas family law decisions and laws.
In terms of divorce, I see myself as an advocate who, more often than not, helps my clients get out of a bad, sometimes unhealthy or dangerous, situation. In other cases, like adoption or guardianships, I get the privilege of helping build families or holding families together; any family law attorney will tell you that adoptions keep our spirits up.
The thing I find most fulfilling about my job is being able to help families find peace and closure. It brings great peace to parents/guardians to know that their kids are safe and well provided for, not just financially, but emotionally, and physically. Whether that requires that I help divorcing parents reach a resolution that becomes the first step for a future of successful co-parenting, or a protection order to remove an unstable individual from a child's home until they get some help, ending up with peaceful homes is the goal.
Other Interests As an attorney, I am pretty much always working. Whether I am answering emails on my phone in a drive-through line, or just strategizing in my mind while vacuuming. But, when I am not "working," I like to spend time with my husband, children, and dog. I love Jesus, Star Wars, Mexican food, and flea markets, I love seeing my friends when we can get together, and I am a Netflix and Audible junkie.
- Other Child Custody and Child Support Matters
- Currently training as mediator, with plans to offer mediation and conciliation services in the future
Educational Background and Legal Experience
- G.E.D. in MO in 2003
- AA in General Studies from Crowder College in Neosho, MO 2005
- BS in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO 2010
- JD from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, KS 2015
- Prior to law school, worked as paralegal for a couple of different firms in MO, assisting attorneys in criminal, family law, and personal injury practices
During Law School:
- Externship at District Attorney's Office in Shawnee County
- Volunteered at Kansas Legal Services
- Practiced as a Licensed Legal Intern in Washburn Law Clinic, litigating family law cases, a criminal case in tribal court and serving as Guardian Ad Litem on a few CINC cases