Family Law education with Smith Legal Group

Family Law education with Smith Legal Group
By: Kali Beatty Last Updated: February 26, 2020

Family Law covers a wide variety of topics from divorce to adoption, and at Smith Legal Group, they do it all. Since August of 2019, Smith Legal Group has been Chesterton’s premier law office for any and all family matters, while also advocating for families in need of guardianships over protected adults and minor children. No matter the situation, the lawyers and staff always put the clients first.

Courtney Smith, President and Attorney at Law, has always been in the business of helping people. Growing up in a house where giving was of the utmost importance, it’s no surprise that this is what Smith dedicated her life to.

“I have always wanted to help people,” Smith said. “We were very fortunate growing up and if we had everything we needed, my parents and grandparents taught us that you give to others.”

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University North Central in 2005 and another bachelor’s from Valparaiso University in 2006, Smith became a teacher for the School City of Hammond. But after seven years, Smith felt that there was more she could do to help.

“I was helping children every day, but I wanted to help the kind of kids that were really lacking in needs,” Smith said. “I went to law school because I wanted to help the students that I saw every day –the ones getting arrested time and time again.”

Smith graduated from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 2015. Initially going in with the thought of becoming a juvenile prosecutor, Smith found her niche when she discovered the practice of family law.

“I absolutely love family law,” Smith said. “It takes its toll on a lot of people because it can be very emotional, but I think that I can separate it for myself because I do my best with my clients. I really try hard, and as long as I know that I am trying my hardest to do right by my client, I don’t need to take it home with me.”

At 19, Smith had her first child, and around the same time, she had graduated from VU with a second degree. Did we mention she also had a husband, a 16-year-old, and a 7-year-old at this point in her journey? All of whom have been her rock throughout her career.

“Work-life balance or school-life balance has always been a struggle, but it is something I am very serious about,” Smith said. “I also felt empowered through that and showed my daughters that they can do anything. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”

The most important thing Smith wants the community to know is that family law doesn’t have to be ugly. For anyone thinking about getting a lawyer for a family matter, Smith simply says that a good lawyer can get you access to the court without turning it into something you don’t want it to be.

“Family law doesn’t always have to be contested; You don’t always have to go to court,” Smith said. “You can go and still co-parent and have a very nice co-parenting relationship without having to have a huge fight, it’s just following the law.”

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