Theresa E. Bea

Attorney

Minneapolis

612-672-3669

tbea@messerlikramer.com

Assistant: Amy Stewart

612-672-3658

Profile

Theresa Bea practices exclusively in the areas of family law and juvenile law. She has several years of experience guiding clients through challenging family matters such as divorce; custody and parenting time rights; spousal maintenance; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; third-party custody; grandparent visitation; child support; child protection; and adoption related cases. Since practicing in both juvenile and family court, she offers a unique perspective and particular expertise to her cases.

Theresa approaches her cases with common sense and a problem solving attitude; however, when it appears settlement is not an option, Theresa vigorously litigates for her clients in the courtroom. She is known by her clients as not only their strong advocate but their voice of reason. She empathizes with her clients and commits herself to guiding them through their difficult situation.

Representative Experience
  • Represented relatives in adopting their grandchildren, nieces, and nephews after successfully terminating the parental rights of the parents, both by the consent of the parents and through contested litigation.

  • Represented single mother in obtaining majority parenting time with her children after father obtained an order restricting her to supervised parenting time based on father’s allegations of maltreatment.  

  • Represented client in a dissolution and secured unequal property division award after finding cash assets in excess of $100,000 were transferred abroad.

  • Represented business owners and their spouses in obtaining property settlements and spousal maintenance payments to preserve business profitability and maintain a fair standard of living for both spouses.

  • Represented relatives seeking third-party custody in obtaining sole legal and sole physical custody of their grandchildren, nieces, and nephews after being subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse; neglect; and exposure to drugs by their parents.

  • Represented numerous fathers and mothers through Order for Protections and their subsequent dissolutions, with favorable custody and parenting time arrangements.

  • Represented privately-held business owners through mediation with minimum court involvement, protecting the integrity and private information of their respective businesses.

  • Guided parents through child-inclusive mediation in which their children’s voices were heard and used as part of the settlement negotiations.

  • Guided grandmother in raising concerns about the care her grandson was receiving through the mediation process, protecting the grandmother-child relationship while avoiding court involvement and litigation.

  • Represented client in mediation, developing creative spousal maintenance and property equalizer payment structures to ensure both parties were properly compensated without affecting the functioning their operating businesses.

  • Represented countless individuals in reaching successful agreements outside of the courtroom, and avoiding the cost and time involved with litigation.

  • Represented parents in child protection litigation when accusations of intra-family sexual abuse allegations were raised and successfully defended against any finding of maltreatment.

  • Represented parents in terminating parental rights after the adoption was determined to be unsuccessful and no longer a situation that was in the best interests of the child.

  • Represented foster parents throughout the child protection process, while pursuing adoption.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

  • Author, “Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook” – Custody Modification and Relocation in Minnesota, Chapter 14, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, 2015-2017

  • Co-Author, “The Cohabitation Conundrum: What’s new in Minnesota’s new cohabitation law?” – Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, January 9, 2017

  • Author, “Diversity Award Honorees: Judge Peter Reyes” – Hennepin Lawyer Magazine, May/June 2016

  • Co-Author, “Child Support and Financial Responsibility in Third Party Custody Matters” – Family Law Forum, Vol. 23 No. 1, Winter 2014-2015

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “Advanced Strategies for Modifying Spousal Maintenance: Minnesota’s New Cohabitation Law” – Minnesota Continuing Legal Education/Family Law Institute, December 7, 2016/March 21, 2017

  • Co-Presenter, “Family Law Series: Financial Issues − Receiverships and Divorce” – Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, November 20, 2015

  • Co-Presenter, “Unlocking the Secrets of Chamber Conferences” – Minneapolis, MN, October 13, 2015

Professional & Community

Admissions

  • Minnesota

Associations

  • American Bar Association,  Member

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member

  • Family Law League, Member

  • Hennepin County Law Library, Member

  • Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Member

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member

  • Public Access to Court Electronic Records, Member

Community Involvement

  • Limited Scope Attorney through Ramsey County, Volunteer Attorney

Honors & Distinctions
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2017-2018