As experienced Minneapolis divorce attorneys, we understand that you are going through one of the most difficult times in your life. We recognize that the best divorce attorney is more than a legal actor. A successful divorce attorney seeks to understand your particular goals, be sensitive to unique circumstances, and takes care of the legal
Minneapolis Attorneys Practicing Family Law
At Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Dooley, we center our practice around the unique needs of our clients. We understand that each situation offers new challenges to obtain positive resolutions. In order to develop effective legal strategies, our experienced Minnesota attorneys listen carefully and in detail to all the relevant aspects of each client’s legal issue. As attorneys, we tell it like it is — providing honest, straightforward legal advice.
Minnesota Family Law
Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Dooley is devoted to providing individualized legal services to our clients. We understand that every client is unique, and will work closely with you to help you understand the law and its impact on your particular circumstances. We are committed to helping clients through each stage of development of a legal issue.
Our Minnesota family law practice includes the following areas:
- Child Custody
- Parenting Time (Visitation)
- Child Support
- Marital/Nonmarital Property Division
- Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)
- Post-Divorce Matters
- Custody Modification
- Child Support Modification
- Spousal Maintenance Modification
- Parenting Time Modification
- Child Custody
- Parenting Time (visitation)
- Child Support
- Third Party Custody
- De facto Custodian
- Third Party Visitation (“Grandparent Visitation”)
- Domestic Abuse/Order For Protection
- CHIPs and Termination of Parental Rights Matters
Collaborative Divorce vs. Traditional Divorce
A number of Minnesota couples who desire divorce are interested in the collaborative divorce option. We provide representation in the traditional approach and collaborative approach. We can assist you in selecting the approach that is right for you, based on your circumstances.
The Traditional Divorce Option
The traditional way of getting a divorce is to involve the court system from the beginning. Each party takes a position regarding what he or she wants from the outset. Sometimes, time, money, and emotions ensue to get a result as close to the position taken as possible. Position-taking and the adversarial nature of litigation may cause the parties positions to become even further apart and further away from a settlement. If the case is tried, results are limited by the options provided by the law. The court records of the case are open to the public. By the time the case is over, the parties may have spent a great deal of money on attorneys fees, leaving far less money for each to start a new life, and their relationship with each other may be far worse than it had been before the litigation.
The Collaborative Divorce Option
Collaborative family law is designed to have Minnesota couples make an attempt to resolve their legal issues cooperatively and non-adversarially. Options may be greater than the minimum that the law allows. The only lawsuit filed is for an uncontested dissolution of marriage once a settlement has been reached.
So how do you get started in getting a divorce the collaborative way? Your spouse and you would need to agree to have your case handled collaboratively. Each of you retains your own lawyer who is specially trained in the principles of collaborative family law and is a member of a collaborative family law practice group. Your spouse, you, and both of your attorneys meet in a series of conferences and make mutually agreed-upon decisions concerning your case.
Experienced Minnesota Family Attorney
As experienced Minnesota family law attorneys, we will guide, educate and support you throughout the legal process. We want you to make the right decisions today because they will affect you and your family for years to come. You are welcome to contact us to represent you with your legal matter.
Overview of Restraining Orders (Stay Away Orders)
What is a Restraining Order? There are three (3) types of restraining orders: Orders for Protection (OFPs) Harassment Restraining Orders (HROs) Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (DANCOs) Each of these provides generally the same protections, where they differ is in there applicability to a specific situation. Let us break them down on an individual basis.
How to Reduce (Reducing) Child Support in Minnesota
When parents with children get divorced, the child support that is ordered by the court for one of the parents to pay is based off the number of children at that time and the monthly income of the parent paying the support. Sometimes, though, the parent paying child support loses his or her job or
Not Getting Child Support Payments? Nonpayment Penalties in MN
Missed Child Support Payments An obligor must report a change in income or job to the Child Support Officer within ten days. Unless the obligor gets a new court order modifying the existing child support order, the payments will build up. The obligor who misses payments will be subject to the following penalties or garnishments:
Minnesota Domestic Child Abuse Attorney
"Domestic child abuse" means: (1) any physical injury to a minor family or household member inflicted by an adult family or household member other than by accidental means; or (2) subjection of a minor family or household member by an adult family or household member to any act which constitutes a violation of sections 609.321
Victim Safety & Funding in Minnesota Domestic Violence Cases
Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-866-223-1111 Minnesota Domestic Abuse Project: 612-874-7063 National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 Courts may not order an offender convicted of a designated crime against a family or household member, as a condition of a stay of imposition or execution of a sentence, to use an electronic monitoring device to protect a
Victim Notice Requirements in Minnesota Domestic Violence Cases
At the time of arrest, a peace officer is required to tell a victim of domestic abuse whether a shelter or other services are available in the community and to provide the victim with notice of the legal rights and remedies available to the victim. The officer must give the victim a notice that includes
Domestic Violence Order for Protection in Minnesota
An Order for Protection (OFP) granted under the Minnesota Domestic Abuse Act applies within the entire state of Minnesota. Also, according to the United States’ Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (federal law), an OFP is recognizable and enforceable in all fifty states of the union, the District of Columbia, tribal lands, and United States
Minnesota Domestic Abuse Act and Available Relief
A petition for relief under the Minnesota Domestic Abuse Act is called a "Petition for an Order for Protection" (or "Petition for an OFP") in cases of domestic abuse occurring in Minnesota. It is important to remember that a petition for relief from domestic violence or domestic abuse may be made by any family or
Emancipation in Minnesota: Laws on Leaving Home
// Let’s face it—many adults make terrible parents. Sometimes, a teenager would be better off without the harmful, toxic involvement of his or her parents. Emancipation can be one answer to the problem. In Minnesota, “emancipation” means that a minor has the same legal rights and Minor obligations as an eighteen-year-old adult. It can
Minnesota Appellate Court Divorce Mediation
The Minnesota Court of Appeals is currently operating a pilot project for appellate mediation in family law cases. The pilot program, which began in September 2008, is designed with the goal of decreasing the conflict levels for families, decreasing the costs to litigants and the court, and increasing efficiency and litigation satisfaction. The process is
Destruction of Child Abuse Report Records
Records held by local social service agencies, investigating agencies, and schools will be retained on the following schedule. For family assessment cases and cases in which there is no determination of maltreatment or need for child protective services, records must be kept for four years. These records may only be used in future risk and
Access to Child Abuse Reports
The classification of law enforcement records on child abuse, other than the report itself, is found in the Data Practices Act.6 The Maltreatment of Minors Act determines the classification of child abuse records and access to those records when held by the local social services agency or the agency responsible for assessing or investigating a
Investigation or Assessment of Child Abuse Reports
When the local social service agency receives a report, the agency determines whether to conduct a family assessment or an investigation. If the report alleges substantial child endangerment, the agency will conduct an investigation. The agency may conduct a family assessment when a report does not allege substantial endangerment. Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 10.
Creation of Child Abuse Reports
In most cases a person may report to either the police, the county sheriff, the local social services agency, or the agency responsible for assessing the report. Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 3, para. (a). Exceptions: If a person required to report believes a child died because of neglect or abuse, the report must be
Reportable Child Abuse and Neglect
Whose abuse or neglect is reportable under the act? Person Responsible for the Child’s Care. A “person responsible for the child’s care” includes the following: parent guardian teacher school administrator school employee or agent day care provider paid or unpaid babysitter counselor coach other custodian with care responsibilities Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 2, para.
Reporting Child Abuse in Minnesota: The Child Abuse Reporter
Anyone who knows, has reason to believe, or suspects that a child is being, or has been, neglected or physically or sexually abused. Minn. Stat. § 626.556, subd. 3. An individual who knows or has reason to believe a child is being or has within the past three years been neglected or abused, and who
Minnesota Maltreatment of Minors Act
The Minnesota Maltreatment of Minors Act establishes a system for reporting possible child abuse and neglect to government agencies that provide protective services for the child or conduct criminal investigations. The act also governs agency responses to reports and access to information generated under the act. Some of the system’s features are determined by federal
Emancipation of a Minor
“Emancipation” means that a minor has the same legal rights and obligations as an 18-year-old adult. It can also be “partial, conditional ... or limited as to time or purpose.” Sonnenberg v. County of Hennepin, 99 N.W.2d 444, 447-448 (Minn. 1959). A minor can be emancipated by a legal marriage or by parental consent. Lundstrom
Minnesota Adoption Basics | Adopting in MN
An individual over 14 years of age may be adopted only if she or he consents. Minn. Stat. § 259.24, subd. 3 If an unmarried parent under age 18 wants to place a child for adoption, he or she must be offered consultation with an attorney, clergy, or physician before consenting to the adoption. The