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Minnesota Divorce Attorneys: Questions and Answers about Costs

January 26th, 2016

Question: How much do Minnesota divorce attorneys charge for a divorce?

Answer: I know of couples who have paid their lawyers over $2 million for a divorce in Minnesota. I know of other couples who have spent only around $10,000 each. And I know of many couples who have avoided lawyers entirely and completed the necessary paperwork on their own.

Question: Why does a divorce in…

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Best Divorce Lawyers in Minnesota: None at all

December 14th, 2015

The best divorce lawyer in Minnesota is no lawyer at all.  In very rare and extreme cases, they may be helpful, but the vast majority of the time family lawyers do more harm than good.  There are far better ways to deal with conflict with your spouse. If you disagree with your spouse about parenting, child support, spousal maintenance or property division, adding lawyers to the situation…

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Transformative Mediation for Divorce – Teleseminar *Free

October 26th, 2014

This spring ACR (The Asociation for Conflict Resolution) had me present a seminar on my chapter, “Transformative Mediation for Divorce: Rising Above the Law and the Settlement”.  You can hear it here. 

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What’s the Process for Getting Divorced in Minnesota?

July 29th, 2011

Assuming that you are clear that you want to get divorced, the process for completing a divorce in Minnesota is pretty simple. The only serious complications that arise come from conflict with your spouse or over-reliance on lawyers, or both. Many of my clients go through a simple 2-step process: First, the couple has a conversation in which they figure out their plan for…

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How Do I Calculate Child Support in Minnesota?

July 22nd, 2011

It’s really up to you and your co-parent.  Yes, really.  This is different from how divorce lawyers see it, but the truth is, as long as you and your co-parent are happy with your agreement, it is completely up to the two of you (unless the person receiving child support is on public assistance, in which case the county will likely seek reimbursement from…

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But I’ve Heard the Judge Has the Final Say? Isn’t that True?

July 21st, 2011

Not really. Judges love it if you and your co-parent figure out what works for you, since judges understand that if you’re not both satisfied, there are likely to be problems in the future. If you and your co-parent don’t agree and you ask a judge to make a ruling, the judge will do so, but you and your co-parent still have a lot…

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