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Teresa Rieger Housholder

Child custody Attorney at Marshfield, MO

5.0   13 reviews
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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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About Teresa

Learn Teresa’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%
    Dissolution, Paternity, Maintenance/Alimony, Child Support, Modifications, Legal Separations, Termination of Parental Rights, Guardianship, and, Adoptions.

    26 years, 895 cases

  2. Adoption
    25%
    State & International Adoptions; Private and State Agency Adoptions, and, Foreign Registration/Recognition.

    26 years, 500 cases

  3. Family
    25%
    Dissolution/Legal Separations, Paternity, Maintenance/Alimony, Third Party Custody, Child Support, and, Modifications.

    18 years, 475 cases

  4. Appeals
    10%
    Custody/Visitation, Dissolution, Termination of Parental Rights, Juvenile and Adoptions.

    26 years, 40 cases

  5. Criminal defense
    10%
    Felonies, misdemeanors, Infractions and, traffic violations; both adult and juvenile

    18 years, 40 cases

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Teresa Rieger Housholder, J.D. graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Law School in 1997 (where she was published in the Matrimonial Law Journal), Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) in 1992, and Marshfield High School in 1988. She is a proud native of Southwest Missouri.

 

Her practice focuses on Family Law (Dissolutions, Paternity actions, Modifications & Child Support); Adoptions (both agency and private), Registration of Foreign Adoptions; Criminal Law; Probate Law (Parental Delegations, Guardianships, Estate Administrations, Wills, Healthcare POA); Name Changes; Landord-Tenant issues; and Appeals.  Her practice is primarily located in Webster and Greene County but she also handles cases in Polk, Dallas, Wright and Christian, and Taney counties.  She has successfully handled cases at every level from administrative review hearings to appeals in all three Missouri Court of Appeals and the Missouri Supreme Court.

 

She was also the Attorney for the Juvenile Office for 7 years in the 30th Circuit for which includes Webster, Dallas, Polk, Hickory, and, Benton counties.  She has handled status offenses, delinquencies, child abuse and neglect cases and termination of parental rights including an unanimous decision before the Missouri Supreme Court.

 

Before she opened her private practice in October of 2005, Mrs. Housholder spent 7 years with the Department of Social Services as an attorney in the litigation unit. She worked her way up from staff attorney to Deputy Assistant Director with the Protective Services Unit which specialized in handling issues dealing with children in foster care. As the Deputy Assistant Director she was responsible for supervising up to 7 attorneys with cases loads of 70-100 cases in multiple offices while handling her own full caseload. She has also drafted legislation and reviewed and prepared comments on proposed legislation affecting children in foster care. She handled appeals in all three appellate courts while with the Division of Legal Services.

 

Teresa was a member of the ChildProtect training panel offered by the National District Attorney Association in cooperation with the National Child Protection Training Center.  ChildProtect was an intensive nationwide 5-day trial advocacy course designed to teach child protection prosecutors and attorneys handling juvenile cases how to handle a termination of parental rights case. She was on the board that designed the program and went on to be a faculty member and a speaker at ChildProtect.

 

As a former member of the Sexual Offender Visitation Review Committee with the Missouri Department of Corrections, she assisted with setting up and implementing protective visitation policies for children visiting within the Missouri Department of Correction walls.

 

Teresa is a contributing author of the Juvenile Law and Administrative Law desk books published by the Missouri Bar. These desk books are used as practice guidebooks by attorneys and resource manuals for judges throughout the state practicing in the areas of juvenile or administrative law.

Awards

Top Contributor 2019
Top Contributor
2019
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017

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Location

Housholder Law Firm, LLC
110 North Crittenden
Post Office Box 708
Marshfield, MO, 65706

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by A.H. | February 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Teresa helped me through a very rough and rocky case where my ex was using my children as pawns. What she ended up accomplishing on my behalf was nothing short of a miracle. She refused to back down and made sure that the final judgment was in the best interests of both me and my children. She truly went above and beyond.
Posted by K.R. | February 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I am so grateful that I met Teresa. After speaking to other attorneys, I felt like Teresa was the only who one really listened to me. Upon reviewing my case, Teresa discovered that there had been a major mistake made in the case which the opposing attorney was trying to exploit. She waded in and vigorously fought on my behalf to get the matter corrected. Without her tireless representation I would have lost everything.
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Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2019
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Responded quickly
Thank you for the information and the phone it is greatly appreciated. I will be using it in the near future. They know what they are talking about and a plan of attack.
Response from Teresa Housholder May 21, 2019
Thank you for calling. It is unfortunate that due to geography I was unable to assist you directly in the litigation. As long as you remain unrepresented, feel free to contact my office if you have questions. Good luck.
Posted by Robbi | March 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Two Times a Winner
We originally hired Teresa to help us in a matter going up against a state entity. She was prepared, professional and a true advocate. Opposite of being argumentative, Teresa listened, observed, and waited for the opportune time to boldly interject. Her legal advice was excellent and her representation was strong. Teresa went above and beyond in the service of our family. We returned to Teresa when it came time to adopt our son. I couldn't believe the turn around time on her service! She was supportive, reliable and encouraging. In one word, she is awesome! Our family will continue to retain Teresa in future legal matters as they arise. Her service was truly appreciated and our respect was definitely won!
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2017
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knowledge and experience
The Housholder ferm is in my opinion one of the best in Webster county , they are fair knowledgeable and experienced. I know I appreciated the help and advice they have to offer . They did a Exclent job my family's case as well .
Posted by Jacque | February 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best experience ever!
We adopted a newborn. This is never an easy task and we had a few bumps along the way. Teresa and her husband worked with us and helped us come out with the best outcomes ever!! This team took care of our family as if they were fighting for their own family. They went above and beyond many times to make sure that our family was complete. If you are looking for someone who knows the laws, and will bend over backwards to make sure it is the best experience for an adoption them the Householders are who you want to call!
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Posted by Kristi | February 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Lawyer
I hired Teresa to handle my divorce. I have found in the past, a lot of lawyers you meet with will tell you things you want to hear in order to get your case and make promises they don't know if they can keep. When I met with Mrs. Housholder, I knew I found my lawyer. Theresa took the time to REALLY LISTEN to my side of the case along with all my feelings, frustrations and hurt. She than discern what was relevant to the case and informed me on what could and couldn't be done. Theresa is a very approachable, engaging, professional, knowledgeable, honest, caring person and her faith shines through in everything she does. She is also a straight shooter and without a doubt the KIDS COME FIRST. Teresa and her staff were very prompt with communications and kept me informed on everything going on, leaving no room for me to worry or wonder. I will always use her as my attorney and I highly recommend her to anyone needing one. SHE IS HANDS DOWN THE BEST!
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Posted by Melissa | February 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
Teresa helped us obtain guardianship of our grandson after our daughter passed away. She then helped us to adopt him. She was very thorough, kept us informed of what was going on, answered all of our questions and concerns. She always had our grandson's best interest at heart. She is very compassionate about her work and genuinely cares about her clients. I have and will continue to recommend her.
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Response from Teresa Housholder February 23, 2017
I was so happy to help you with your case and so sorry for the reasons why we met. Your grandson is so blessed to have such loving grandparents. Thank you for trusting me.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Adoption
Teresa handled our private adoption and did a great job! I wish that I could say things went supper smooth but we did have a few cliches on the hospital side and she was there all the way. When the hospital refused to witness the signing of paperwork, Teresa stepped in and handled everything so that we were able to enjoy our special time with our daughter. If God blesses us with another child we will definitely use Teresa to handle the legal aspect for us.
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Response from Teresa Housholder February 23, 2017
I hope that God does bless you again but in the meantime I look forward to watching you raise that beautiful little one. Thank you for letting me into your life.
Posted by S. A. | February 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Teresa was so great. She took the time to really listen to me and to understand my frustrations and my thoughts. She helped to focus both me and my case to make sure my case was handled in a way that was best for me and my family. I always knew what was going on in my case. I was always pleasantly surprised when late night emails to her almost always received a response even on weekends and holidays.  She has stayed after normal work hours to meet with me and even came in on the weekend if I needed it. I cannot say enough good things about Teresa and would highly recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Rebecca | February 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, even on short notice
I contacted Teresa to complete the adoption of my beautiful 2-year-old in late December right before the holiday. After my caseworker told me that Teresa would be in our county to complete another adoption on her caseload on Jan. 17, she suggested that maybe we could get ours finalized that day as well. Teresa was very accommodating and worked very hard to make sure we were able to meet that deadline on a short notice. She made sure that the proper paperwork was filed and that we were put on the docket. We were so blessed to have been able to complete the adoption, which was finalized Jan. 17, 2017. She did a great job!! Thank you, Teresa!!
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Response from Teresa Housholder February 22, 2017
It was my honor and privilege to help your family with your adoption. Thank you for being willing to put your trust in me!
Posted by Rhonda | February 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You So Much
I hired Teresa to handle my divorce after becoming dissatisfied with my previous attorney. When Teresa took on my case I was on the verge of losing my children and my ex getting sole legal and sole physical custody based upon faulty advice and due to the case lingering around for nearly a year. Teresa jumped into the case and battled on my behalf. Thanks to her advice and guidance I was able to not only keep custody of my children. I sincerely believe that no one else would have cared as much about me, my children, and my case as she did. I cannot recommend her enough.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2015
Great attorney
Mrs. Housholder represents her clients vigorously and treats her clients fairly. She helped me turn around my custody case wgen I felt all hope was gone. I now have my children thanks to her. I would highly recommend her to anyone and would use her again if the need ever arose. Thank you Mrs. Housholder!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Housholder Law Firm, LLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Staff Attorney Juvenile Office
  • 30th Judicial Circuit, Missouri
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Deputy Assistant Directory
  • State Of Missouri Department Of Social Services Division Of Legal Services
  • 1997 - 2005

Education

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Southwest Missouri State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Rights of Parents / Grandparent Visitation
  • Trial Court judgment was overturned
  • Child Witness Testimony in Juvenile Court
  • Successful

Associations

  • Southern Missouri Women Lawyers
  • Secretary
  • 2016 - Present
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Marshfield Rotary Club, Missouri
  • Immediate Past President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Marshfield Rotary Club, Missouri
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Marshfield Rotary Club, Missouri
  • President-Elect
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Marshfield Rotary Club, Missouri
  • Secretary
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2022
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2022
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2021
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2020
  • Runner-up Best Attorney of Webster County
  • Marshfield Mail
  • 2019
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Best of Webster County
  • Marshfield Mail
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Missouri Bar Juvenile Deskbook
  • Right to Counsel and Role of Counsel
  • 2020
  • Missouri Bar Juvenile Deskbook
  • Right to Counsel and Role of Counsel
  • 2011
  • Missouri Bar Juvenile Deskbook
  • Right to Counsel and Role of Counsel
  • 2007
  • Missouri Bar Administrative Law Deskbook
  • Editor
  • 2004
  • Missouri Bar Juvenile Deskbook
  • Editor
  • 2004
  • Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Relocation Standards and Constitutional Considerations
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

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Given (0)
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Appeals Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Housholder is an asset to the AVVO community and provides straightforward answers to legal questions posted here."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very professional and is a wonderful advocate for children."
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Marshfield Child custody Lawyer Teresa Rieger Housholder
Teresa Rieger Housholder
Child custody Attorney
Marshfield, MO
Licensed for 25 years
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