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:

  • Divorce
    • Child Custody
    • Parenting Time (Visitation)
    • Child Support
    • Marital/Nonmarital Property Division
    • Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)
    • Mediation
  • Post-Divorce Matters
    • Custody Modification
    • Child Support Modification
    • Spousal Maintenance Modification
    • Parenting Time Modification
  • Paternity
    • 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.

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