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
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Minnesota Divorce: What Approach is Best for You?
On the surface, every divorce is the same: it involves the division of property and custody of children, if any. However, below the surface, divorces can vary widely. People have different emotions, handle conflicts differently, and have different goals.
Similarly, not every divorce attorney is the same.
For example, some people want the biggest, meanest divorce attorney they can find to fight their divorce battle. However, those people often realize after the fact that such battles are expensive and often not worthwhile.
An effective divorce attorney will inquire about your goals, seek to understand your concerns, and work with you to implement a strategy that aligns with your interests. We believe that the best divorce lawyers are transparent with their clients, work closely with their clients, and customize their approach to the clients’ needs.
Minnesota Divorce Process
In Minnesota, divorces can be contested or uncontested. Divorces can be amicable or heated and frustrating. Everyone’s divorce is different and deserves individual attention by someone looking out for your best interests. You are the one who can determine what you want and what you are seeking from your divorce. A lawyer can help you best achieve those things in your divorce.
Minneapolis Attorneys Working Toward Your Goals
Attorneys at Thompson Hall Santi Cerny & Dooley will listen to your goals, your priorities, and your views on the family and the potential outcomes, and put their maximum effort toward helping you achieve these goals throughout the entire process.
Important issues arise in divorce such as child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and property division. These issues need detailed, trained attention.
Handling Your Contested or Uncontested Divorce
Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, we can help you minimize costs and ensure you get what you deserve in the Minnesota divorce process.
Our attorneys can help you through your contested divorce case by listening to your story, analyzing your evidence, which includes financial information and documents relating to property, filing and serving the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or representing your interests if your spouse has filed or served such a petition, initiating and completing the discovery process learning the information and evidence held by your spouse, and predicting your spouse’s strategy. Our attorneys can help you through settlement or represent you during the trial. Sometimes during the process temporary orders relating to child custody or child support are necessary. We will keep you involved and informed every step of the way.
Uncontested divorces are obviously less contentious. Often times the parties can agree on how things should be – for example, who should have the children and when, how to divide the property, whether one side should pay child support or spousal maintenance. Sometimes that means a person doesn’t need a lawyer, but not always. Often times one side hires an attorney to draft the divorce petition, marital termination agreement, and divorce decree. The other side may, however, want his or her own attorney to review these documents to make sure there isn’t anything harmful, confusing, misleading, or hidden in the documents. Regardless of which side you may be on, attorneys can be necessary in uncontested divorces, but they will also be less expensive than they would be in a contested divorce.
Achieving Peace of Mind
Lastly, our attorneys can help you find peace of mind. You will know at the end of your divorce that you achieved the best result you could, that you were not kept in the dark or fumbling around without really understanding the legal process and your options. You will know that you stood up for yourself, whether your divorce was amicable or contentious. And through the entire process you will have peace of mind knowing that someone else, your attorney, is making sure nothing slips through the cracks or happens without you noticing, so you can do your best to continue with the rest of your life, your responsibilities, and your routine.
How Much Does It Cost?
Each situation has its own complexities and there are many aspects to discuss to understand the details of your situation and advise you accurately. We have an experienced attorney here who would be happy to analyze your situation’s circumstances and advise you of your legal rights and options. This can generally be accomplished during a one-hour meeting (which can be by phone). Our fee for a one-hour meeting is $300. Work beyond that initial hour is at usual hourly rates. We do not offer free consultations on this type of work.
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
Division of Marital Property
Division of Property After a Divorce A major source of confusion for many family law clients concerns the division of marital assets. A frequent question arises when one spouse claims that the other spouse is not entitled to be awarded a specific piece of property simply because the property is titled in only one spouse’s
Divorce: What Are My Rights Before It Is Final?
Many people wonder what laws or rules govern the relationship between the parties once a divorce action is commenced by service of the Summons and Petition, but before the final divorce decree is entered. To many parties, it may seem as though they are “limbo land” mentally and emotionally until the divorce is finalized, but