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Meri Kathleen Althauser

Mediation Attorney at Missoula, MT

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State MT
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found

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About Meri

Learn Meri’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    By attending a mediation or settlement conference you are able to make your own decisions regarding a solution that will work for your family, and Meri will draft and file the final paperwork necessary to settle your dispute.

    12 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    Dissolution of marriage and separation are hard- Meri will help de-mistify the process and take concrete steps toward moving forward from your marriage.

    13 years

  3. Child custody
    Establishing a parenting plan in the best interests of your child. Meri has additional training in drafting age-appropriate, or high conflict plans, helping to keep minimal contact between parents while preserving both relationships for the children.

    13 years

  4. Estate planning
    Meri offers simple estate planning packages that includes a Will, Power of Attorney, and Living Will, for a flat fee.

    13 years

  5. Family
    All other remaining types of family law: guardianship, grandparent's rights, and third-party parenting. Meri can help with reviewiing your DIY paperwork, or represent you in court.

    13 years

  6. Child abuse
    Attorney for children in foster care, and Guardian Ad Litem for children in high conflict divorce cases.

    16 years

With thirteen years of experience in crisis management Meri provides the calm,  clarity and focus you need when your world feels on edge.  Meri is ready and capable of handling your legal and family disputes with a clear focus on resolving issues and moving forward, letting you focus on what really matters, rather than being trapped in the past.  Meri's unique skill set and presence will help you choose your battles and reach a resolution you can feel good about.  Meri has a B.A. in Psychology from Lawrence University and J.D. with honors from the University of Montana in 2011.

Meri concentrates on family law with an emphasis on resolution over needless litigation. We provide primarily:

  • Settlement conferences

  • Mediation

  • Litigation

  • Legal advice on self-help forms

When you and your spouse are ready to work together, even if you don't agree on everything, we provide mediation, joint dissolution, and help with legal forms. But when you're stuck in a cycle of high conflict, Meri is ready to help, with  high conflict settlement conferences, drafting strict parenting plans, and litigation.  


Forward Legal, PLLC
415 N. Higgins Ave. Suite 1
Missoula, MT, 59801

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Posted by Christine | April 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Incredibly Helpful!
Meri assisted with our adoption from foster-care both kin and non-kin. She was available, kind and explained things so that we could understand them. Her prices were reasonable and she provided clear billing information. As the need has arisen we have used her for other minor issues.
Posted by Kellyann Deniger | March 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I am a current client of Meri's. We needed help in attempting to obtain custody of our grandson who had lived with us most of his life. While we were not successful in obtaining custody, because of Meri's expertise we are written into the parenting plan and are able to have routine and regular contact with him, that would not have been possible without Meri's help. She has great relationships with other attorney's and judges, which adds to her effectiveness. She is kind, realistic and concerned about what is best for the child. Without Meri's help, I would have limited if any contact with this little boy.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-180 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)


  • University of Montana School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Lawrence University
  • Bacherlor of Arts
  • 2004


  • Montana State Bar, New Lawyers' Section
  • Trustee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Montana State Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

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Missoula Mediation Lawyer Meri Kathleen Althauser
Meri Kathleen Althauser
Mediation Attorney
Missoula, MT
Licensed for 12 years