Divorce

A common sense approach to cost-effectively resolving divorce disputes.

Divorce is the process of dissolving a marital relationship by dividing the assets and debts accumulated while married. If minor children are involved, the most important part of a divorce is detailing an arrangement for the continued care and support of those children now and in the future.

Our family law team has handled a wide range of divorce proceedings from matters involving no assets or debts to high net-worth divorces. We also offer uncontested divorces on a flat fee billing arrangement. It is always our goal to provide guidance and keep the focus on moving forward.

The following are issues our team routinely handles:


Uncontested Flat Fee Divorce

The most common type of uncontested divorce is a situation where spouses agree on the majority of issues between them. Spouses who can agree are able to keep their matters in their own hands, and not in the hands of the court.

If you and your spouse agree on some matters, but are stuck on others things do not have to get unpleasant. There are options such as mediation which can help guide you towards a mutual agreement. Mediation affords you and your spouse the ability to work together to make choices that will affect your lives on the other side of divorce.

Ultimately, the flexibility to agree on matters will help you and your spouse keep costs down. That is why we offer a flat fee billing option for uncontested divorces. Flat fee billing allows you the opportunity to know up front what your divorce will cost, so you can budget accordingly and eliminate some of the stress that comes along with the unknowns.

If you are interested in a flat fee divorce, we will be happy to meet with you for a free initial consultation. Once we have discussed your goals and objectives, we will be able to advise whether your situation qualifies for our flat fee billing option. Review the uncontested divorce process from start to finish.

Assets / Flat-Fee Pricing BasisYou Do Not Have ChildrenYou Have Children
No Property$2000 - $3000$3000 - $4000
House Only$2500 - $3500$3500 - $4500
Retirement Only$2500 - $3500$3500 - $4500
House + Retirement Funds$3000 - $4000$4500 - $5500
House + Retirement + Investment Funds$3500 - $4500$5000 - $6000
House + Cabin + Retirement + Investments$3500 - $4500$5500 - $6500
House + Additional Properties + Retirement + Investments$4500 - $6000$6500 - $8000
House + Additional Properties + Retirement + Investments + Business$5500 - $7000$7500 - $10000

Notes: Pricing fee amounts are subject to change depending on individual situations – additional fees may be considered. Table does not include children from separate relationships.

Read Blog: What is an Uncontested Divorce?


Contested Divorce

Unfortunately, there are times where spouses are unable to agree on anything surrounding their divorce. General disagreements are perfectly normal and should not be misconstrued as “contentious”. Spouses can remain amicable throughout this process and still have trouble finding that middle ground. We are here to help. We understand things are not always stress-free and our goal is to ease as much of that burden as we can for you.

A contested divorce is directed through the district court typically in the County where you live and starts when either party serves a Summons and Petition. Review the process from start to finish.

Read Blog: What is a Contested Divorce?

Collaborative divorce

Collaborative divorce is another alternative to court proceedings. To participate, both parties must unanimously agree to proceed on this track. Each party will be individually represented by an attorney. A variety of meetings are held throughout the process with a series of professionals specific to the issues at hand and each step is intended to help get the parties to the point of reaching a collaborative agreement.

Child Custody

When children are involved in a divorce, custody must be determined. Minnesota has two types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody has to do with the upbringing decisions of the child(ren) while physical custody is the daily care of the child(ren). Roles are further defined by also placing joint or sole on the type of custody.

Parenting time & Parenting Plan

The custody determination do not set forth the amount of time each parent gets to spend with their child(ren). The specific arrangements regarding time spent with the child(ren) is set forth in a parenting time order. Then a parenting plan is put in place that details the specific arrangements, dates, times, holidays, etc. each parent will have with the child.

Division of marital property

"Property" is not just physical property such as a home or cabin, it can also be 401k, stocks, family heirlooms, pieces of jewelry, etc. Minnesota divides property into two separate categories, marital and non-marital. The determination on the categorization of property then guides how the property is divided.

Child support

Child support, in its easiest definition is the transfer of a dollar amount to cover expenses in relation to the child(ren)’s care. The elements to determine the specific dollar amount is complex, but key components include income, amount of medical and dental insurance costs, cost of child care and the amount of parenting time.

Spousal maintenance

Unlike child support, which is based on formula, spousal maintenance is based around the ‘marital standard of living’, which is different for each marriage. Several considerations need to be addressed in order for maintenance or alimony to be awarded. Some of the considerations reviewed include: the length of the marriage, education, work background and earning capacity.

Divorce decree modifications

Let’s face it, life happens and sometimes agreements put in place at one point may no longer apply or there is a change in lifestyle and an agreement needs to be modified.


Tools to Help

We understand life is demanding and the added stress of legal proceedings may leave you feeling overwhelmed. That’s why we provide the following services to try and make the process less stressful:

  • Free initial consultation
  • Flexible Meeting Times
  • Video Conferencing
  • After hours appointments

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