Minnesota Family Law
Full-service family law firm serving Northfield and surrounding area.
We have the experience, skill, and understanding to help you in all areas of family law, including:
- Child custody and parenting time
- Child support
- Alimony/spousal maintenance
- Modification of custody and support orders
- Property division including real estate and retirement accounts
- Allocation of debt
- Post-decree motions
- Collaborative law
- Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
Through direct settlement negotiations, mediation, or court proceedings, we will help you obtain the most equitable results from your divorce, including a fair distribution of property and debt, parenting provisions in the best interests of your children, and support based on need and ability to pay.
We represent mothers and fathers to establish custody, parenting time and child support orders in the best interests of their child.
Child custody and parenting time
We strive to create a parenting plan in the best interests of your children, to protect them as necessary, and to promote healthy relationships with both parents if possible.
Child support, modification and enforcement
We help you determine and obtain appropriate child support under the law, including basic child support, medical support, child care support, and additional child support in special circumstances. We can help you obtain modification of an existing support order when financial circumstances or living arrangements change, and we can help you enforce an existing support order.
Spousal maintenance is based on many factors including length of marriage, earning history and capacity, need, and ability to pay. It may be temporary or permanent. We will help you determine what, if any, level of support is appropriate and pursue an agreement or court order addressing spousal support.
Property and debt are divided in a fair and equitable manner, which doesn’t necessarily mean equally. There are many options including the award of a home, division of retirement accounts, making a cash equalization payment, or creating a lien against property such as real estate to secure future payment of a cash equalization payment. We have the knowledge and experience to help you find the best resolution of property and debt issues.
Alternative dispute resolution
We make every effort to resolve your issues through direct negotiation, as this is usually the most efficient and inexpensive approach. But if we cannot resolve all issues through direct negotiation, we encourage alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or early neutral evaluation, in which a neutral professional who is trained to help parties come to agreement, assists in this process. We believe settlements are most fair, appropriate to the circumstances. and are most likely to be followed rather than resisted, if the parties themselves make the decisions rather than having a decision imposed upon them.
We also offer a Collaborative Law process, in which both parties retain attorneys trained in Collaborative Law and both parties commit not to go to court, except to submit their agreement to the court for affirmation in a court order. Much of the work is done in 4-way conferences with both parties and both attorneys present, and often involves neutral professionals such as child specialists and neutral financial professionals.