Southern Minnesota Divorce Attorney
Balancing Emotions With Cold Hard Facts
The difficulty in divorce is two-fold: on the one hand, it usually is emotionally just draining, and another difficulty is that you need to defend your rights and not get an unfair deal in terms of finances or child custody and parenting time. You don’t want your emotions to overwhelm your ability to make sure you get the best arrangement possible for you and your children. Balancing the emotional issues with the cold hard facts can be a real problem for anyone facing a divorce.
Skilled Divorce Negotiators and Litigators
At Kohlmeyer Hagen Law Office, we focus on skilled negotiation in family law matters. Sometimes we have to be aggressive to solve problems, and we are fully prepared to take that approach if needed. However, we can often find a more amicable and efficient solution, which helps everyone in the long run and saves both time, money and emotional energy.
Even under the best of circumstances, divorce presents a myriad of problems. We can use our experience and skill to help you solve these problems. To talk with one of our lawyers for a free initial consultation to learn how we can help you, call our firm or e-mail us.
Our Approach to Handling Divorce Issues
Divorce brings up issues that touch some of the most important issues in the participants’ lives. We take the time at the beginning of every divorce case to learn about the client’s values and hopes regarding each of these important issues. We will work hard to get you the best outcome possible according to your values. Can we guarantee results? I’m afraid the State Bar prohibits that, but we can promise that we will do the best work we possibly can to protect your assets and children.
Military Divorce | Specialized Language and a Mountain of Acronyms
We have exceptional credentials to handle your divorce if you or your spouse has military experience. The chair of the family law division, Jason Kohlmeyer, spent 6 years in the army. This gave Jason the experience that only a person who has gone on a FTX or stood in line at the Class Six can understand the special issues involved in military divorces, and we are comfortable handling the specialized language and the mountain of acronyms that are involved in military divorces.
Divorce is a stressful experience. With the right attorney, however, you can get the divorce you want and set yourself up for a successful future. Contact one of our Minnesota divorce attorneys with questions. Listed below are just some of the common family law matters our firm handles.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Divorce Law
How Much Will My Divorce Cost?There is no set amount. If you can reach an agreement with your spouse on child custody, child support, the division of marital property and debt, and alimony, then the cost will be much less than if you fight over every issue. Some divorces are expensive because attorneys must retain experts like child psychologists or forensic accountants. This is a good question but there is no one answer.
Does the Mother Automatically Get Custody?No. Minnesota law does not allow a preference for mothers or fathers when it comes to custody. Instead, the law is to look at what is in the child’s best interests. That test looks at many factors, such as how well-adjusted the child is in her current environment and the ability of each parent to care for the child. It is also possible to have joint custody.
How Much Child Support Will I Pay?Minnesota has created guidelines that will determine child support. Some of the factors that go into the formula include the number of children being supported, each parent’s income, and how much time each parent has the child. You can use a calculator to estimate the amount you will pay or receive.
Judges can add money to this guideline amount, e.g., for educational or child care expenses. There might also be situations where your child has extraordinary needs, so a parent needs to pay more than what the guideline recommends.
We had a prenuptial agreement. Will this affect the divorce?Yes. If the prenup is valid, then a judge should enforce it. Of course, you might have signed the prenup under duress or threats, which could make it void and a prenup must be procedurally proper.
I really don’t intend to stay in contact with my children. Can I avoid paying child support?No, you can’t. Each parent has a legal obligation to support children, regardless of whether they want to stay involved in their children’s lives.
The house is in my name, so that means I get it after divorce, right?Maybe. Minnesota divides marital property equitably, which means fairly. To determine what property is marital, you typically look at when you obtained the asset, not whose name is on the deed or title. If you bought the home while married, it is probably marital property. The same is true of a vehicle or any other property you buy.
If your spouse bought the home before marriage, some or all could be marital property, if you made mortgage payments while married. Carefully review your property with an attorney.
I stayed home to raise the kids and have no income or savings. Will I be bankrupt after a divorce?You shouldn’t be. Minnesota recognizes that each spouse can make unique contributions to a marriage. Not all contributions are financial. For this reason, you have a right to a share of marital property even if you didn’t pay monthly bills. Of course, if you and your spouse did not accumulate many assets, then you will have much less to use to support yourself.
You could also qualify for spousal maintenance, which is a monthly amount your ex pays to you. Maintenance can be temporary or permanent.