Meet Candace Thude

Candace Thude, a former United States Marine Corps Sergeant, brings a wealth of experience to her distinguished legal career as a licensed Arizona Legal Paraprofessional (LP) under ACJA 7-210. She earned her Master of Legal Studies from the esteemed Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at Arizona State University. Recognizing the need for accessible yet high-quality legal representation, Candace is committed to bridging this gap within the legal community.

Her focus lies in providing cost-effective legal services without compromising on excellence. Candace champions the belief that everyone deserves access to proficient legal counsel in navigating familial challenges.

With a dedicated practice centered around divorce, custody, child support, parenting time, and enforcement actions Candace leverages her extensive family law experience to deliver comprehensive representation.

She emphasizes transparent and candid legal advice, empowering her clients to make well-informed decisions. Candace’s dedication to ensuring affordable and thorough legal representation underscores her commitment to serving her clients’ best interests. 

Candace offers a variety of services from full scale representation to bundled services including: 

  1. Document Preparation
    • Petition for Dissolution to initiate a divorce action
    • Pretrial Statement + Exhibits to prepare for trial 
    • Consent Decree to finalize divorce 
  2. Uncontested Divorce Actions 
  3. Orders of Protection

A Little More About Candace 

Currently, she serves as a director for the Maricopa County Bar Association and is a member of the Arizona State Bar Military Legal Assistance Panel. With over a decade of expertise in family law, Candace drafted and submitted two Rule 28 Petitions. One of these petitions aimed to amend Rule 67.1 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure, allowing Legal Paraprofessionals to engage in collaborative law. The other petition advocated for a name change of Legal Paraprofessionals to “Legal Practitioner” under Rule 31.3 of the Arizona Rules of the Supreme Court.

Additionally, Candace assists in the Lawyer Referral Service (“LRS”) and has contributed to initiatives like JoeKnows and ABC15 with the Arizona State Bar, addressing questions regarding Veteran’s Benefits. She also recently volunteered for Law Day for Women

Candace is dedicated to extending legal aid and services to those in the community who require access to justice.