The decision to move forward with a divorce or a custody proceeding is never an easy one. The life that you’ve created for you and your loved ones can change in an instant. Whether it’s moving to a new home, deciding how to manage a parenting schedule for your children, or taking a hard look at the finances needed to run two homes instead of one, facing this ordeal is scary and challenging. With families like yours in mind, Kristen C. Strieker sought out to start a family law practice that would set her apart from other family court lawyers. She accomplishes that goal by providing a more modern approach to family law, with the aim of moving her clients through the difficult transition in a new way.


 Instead of the stereotypical mindset many have about divorce cases and “custody battles,” all which perpetuate a fear of having a “nasty divorce,” Kristen’s mindset on family law is based heavily on the belief that the right guidance will navigate you through your family law case with less stress, less exhaustion of your resources, and less animosity.  Most importantly, Kristen will put you back in the driver’s seat of your future.  She will be there with you every step of the way, ensuring you always feel you are informed of your options, and that your opinions and wishes are heard.


Child Custody

Child Support



Divorce + Property Division



Kristen C. Strieker, Managing Attorney

Kristen C. Strieker began her legal journey at Saint Louis University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a Creative and Professional Writing Certificate.  While attending SLU, Kristen was a Dean’s Scholar, and she received the AEJMC Lawrence R. Campbell Research Award as a co-author of a legal research paper, which was selected for publication in 2009.

Kristen continued her education at SLU, receiving her Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law. Throughout law school, Kristen was actively involved as a student member of the Women’s Law Student Association and the Illinois Bar Association.  Kristen served as an ISBA Law Student Council Representative for SLU Law, and she received a Academic Excellence Award for her coursework in Federal Courts.  

During law school, Kristen worked as a Rule 13 Extern for Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, where she represented clients in a variety of family law cases, including, but not limited to, divorce, separation, child custody, child support, orders of protection, and domestic abuse.  Following law school, Kristen worked in family law almost exclusively, first as an associate attorney for Stange Law Firm, P.C. in Edwardsville, Illinois and then at Sherer Law Offices.

Kristen is married, and she lives with her husband and their two young children in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Despite her other successes in her education and career, Kristen will be the first to say that becoming a parent was her greatest accomplishment to date.

Bryttany Buenger, Paralegal

Bryttany Buenger began working full-time in law firms in 2011, but she also has extensive experience running businesses since that time.  From managing a family business in Madison County to starting her own companies, Bryttany’s array of skills and her customer-service mindset is a real asset to Strieker Law Firm’s clients.  Bryttany is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, and she has also taken several paralegal courses.

Kristen and Bryttany began working together as a pair in 2014, and they have formed a teamworking strategy that ensures cases move quickly and efficiently. In addition to case management duties, Bryttany’s responsibilities include discovery preparation, document drafting and execution, office administration, and invoicing/billing.

Bryttany lives in Missouri with her fiancé and three step-children.  She enjoys horseback riding, traveling, and trying out new places and activities with her family.



Proud to announce Kristen C. Strieker’s selection as a “Rising Star” among Illinois attorneys by Super Lawyers in 2020, which becomes Kristen’s 3rd consecutive year receiving this recognition. Kristen was first selected for the Rising Stars’ list in 2018, and she has been selected in 2019 and 2020 to join the ranks of Illinois’ Top Rated Family Law Attorneys. 

“So many people come to me with their focus solely on the past.  But, I’m a firm believer in the saying that you cannot start the next chapter of your story if you continue to re-read the last one.”