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Christel A. Croxen

Christel joined Gjesdahl Law, P.C. in 2015, after clerking for two years with the Cass County District Court. Christel learned early in her practice she wanted to focus primarily on financial issues in divorce. After joining the firm, she went back to school and in 2021 earned the equivalent of a BS in Accounting from the University of Minnesota in Crookston. Her additional education included farm finance, tax regulations, fraud, and business accounting issues. She has been certified by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®. She intends to continue her education in more complex divorce financial issues.

Christel’s practice area has primarily been high-net-worth divorce cases, farm divorces, divorces with business entities, divorces with irrevocable trusts, and divorces with complex financial issues.

Christel lives in Fargo with her dog. She enjoys traveling abroad, exploring the outdoors, and photography.


Christel's Expertise

Practice Areas

  • Divorce, including high-net-worth, farm divorces, divorces with businesses and divorces with trusts
  • Paternity
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Collaborative negotiating
Christel's Credentials

Education & Licensure


  • Auburn Senior High School, Auburn, WA, 1996
  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT, A.S., Biology, 2005
  • University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL, B.A. English Literature, 2007
  • University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks, ND, J.D., 2013
  • University of Minnesota Crookston, MN, Accounting, 2021

Licenses and Admissions:

  • State Bar of North Dakota, 2013
  • State Bar of Minnesota, 2015

Additional Legal Education:

  • Mediation Center, Fargo, ND, family law mediation certification, 2016
  • IACP, collaborative divorce law certification, 2016
  • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®
Christel's Achievements


Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • North Dakota Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Clay County Bar Association
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota
  • North Dakota Collaborative Law Group
  • Board Member for Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

Special Events:

  • 2012 – Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Law Symposium, University of North Dakota School of Law


  • “Fraud – Rights of Action and Defenses: Statute of Frauds Does Not Preclude the Assertion of a Deceit Claim,” North Dakota Law Review, 2012
  • “Asbestos Litigation: Organizing Complex Cases,” Court Manager Magazine, 2015


  • 2015 Excellence Award from Tyler Technologies (shared award with Frank L. Racek, Judge of the District Court for Cass County)

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Christel's Blog Posts

Blog Posts

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