Catherine Stafford - Monroe Circuit Court Judge Seat 3



Stafford Files for Monroe County Judicial Seat

Bloomington, Ind.—Catherine Stafford filed as a Democratic candidate for Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Seat 3 (Division VI) on Wednesday, January 10. 

An attorney, certified family law specialist as certified by the Family Law Certification Board and registered domestic relations mediator, Stafford has more than 20 years of legal experience. She is the founder of Stafford Law Office, LLC, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the IU Maurer School of Law where she teaches mediation and modern small firm practice.

“As an attorney, I have spent twenty years serving as an advocate,” said Stafford. “A critical part of helping my clients prepare for negotiation, mediation and court is always to pause, put ourselves in the shoes of the other side and consider why the other side might disagree with our proposals, what the other side might be worried about, what the other side might want. This mindset helps us reach settlement more than almost anything else we do. Likewise, a good judge thinks about the case from all perspectives.”

Stafford recently served as the vice-president of the Monroe County Bar Association and actively participates in the Bloomington Association of Collaborative Professionals to promote better financial and mental health outcomes for adults and children impacted by divorce. She is frequently appointed judge pro tempore in Monroe County courts, hearing and deciding cases on paternity, child support, parenting time, custody and small claims.

Raised in Monroe County, Stafford has devoted significant volunteer hours to community efforts including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), District 10 Pro Bono Project, Monroe County Women’s Commission, Navigators of Monroe County, Inc., United Way of Monroe County and the League of Women Voters.

“I believe that a good judge is one who knows the law, listens to both sides carefully, weighs the evidence and makes a prompt and well-reasoned decision,” said Stafford. “I would bring these qualities to the Monroe County Circuit Court.”

Stafford holds a BA in English from Indiana University and a JD from the University of Minnesota. She resides in Monroe County with her husband and their three children. Learn more about Stafford and her campaign for judge at

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