Family Law

It’s important to work with an attorney who will make sure your interests are heard, understood, and protected. That's where we come in. 

Anoka Family Law Attorney

Minnesota Law Firm for All Things Family Law

Family law disputes are often the only reason a person becomes involved in the court system. Although family law cases do not involve a criminal element or a serious physical injury, each case can still become very emotional and challenging. Issues concerning children, homes, vehicles, retirement accounts, businesses, and so on can all add to the stress of the situation.

Because of the personal nature of family law disputes, it’s important to work with an experienced attorney who will make sure your interests are heard, understood, and protected. Choose our Anoka family law lawyers of Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm and put all of your worries at ease. We are the team that you can trust for sensitive legal issues, especially those that directly involve you or your family.

Talk to us today about your family law concerns. Dial (763) 292-2102.

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When you are going through what may be the hardest event in your life, you deserve to have a compassionate and skilled team.

Common Elements of Family Law

A divorce is an official, legal ending of a marriage. But it is not a single-step process that instantly ends the marriage and then the ex-spouses move on. Divorce has many parts and steps, all of which fall under the larger legal umbrella of family law. There are also other family law processes that are not specific to divorces.

Common family law cases that our firm handles for our clients include:

  • Divorce: A divorce or dissolution of a marriage involves asking a family law court to officially end a marriage. If it goes smoothly, it is uncontested. If the spouses can’t agree for one reason or another, it is contested.
  • Alimony or spousal support: It is common for one spouse to make more money than the other. When divorcing, the higher income earner might be ordered to pay alimony to the other until they can become financially independent.
  • Alternative dispute resolution: To avoid divorce and litigation, some family law disputes can be settled through an alternative dispute resolution (ADR), which often involves a third-party independent mediator working with both parties to find an amicable solution.
  • Child support: To ensure a child of divorce continues to lead a happy, content life, a court will order one parent to pay child support to the other. Usually, the parent who pays child support either makes significantly more income or receives less physical custody rights or parenting time than the other.
  • Paternity and custody rights: Legal and physical custody describe a parent’s right to raise and live with their child, respectively. After a divorce, the court must decide which parent keeps these rights and to what extent. The deciding factor is whatever is best for the child.
  • Post-decree motion: If a court’s order doesn’t sit right, then a post-decree motion can be used to ask for it to be revisited and potentially redecided. These complex cases usually require the help of a family lawyer like ours.
  • Prenuptial agreement: Spouses can pre-decide how to manage a future divorce, just in case it ever happens. We know how to make a prenuptial agreement that satisfied both spouses’ expectations and doesn’t cause any conflict or irritation.
  • Stepparent adoption: When a stepparent wants to adopt their stepchild to make them officially their child under the law, both biological parents must consent, which can lead to some complicated legal situations.
  • Third-party custody: Sometimes a grandparent, uncle, aunt, or another family member wants to gain custody of a child in their family because the child’s parents are unfit for parenthood. This is known as third-party custody.

One Firm for All Family Law Cases

You can count on our Anoka family law attorneys for all aspects of your family law case. Whether you are divorcing or just going through a difficult dispute, you can trust us to handle your case with professionalism and respect.

Call (763) 292-2102 or contact us online now to learn how we can help.

FAQs

  • How much does a divorce cost?

    Because every situation is different, there really is no “average” divorce cost. On the low end, a divorce might cost $3,000 to $5,000. Sometimes, the amount may be closer to $10,000 or more. In some cases, a divorce may even cost upward of $90,000 to $100,000, though this is very uncommon. Different factors that affect the cost of a divorce include individual attorney fees, whether or not the divorce is contested, the relationship between the two spouses, both parties’ expectations, whether there are children involved, the total value of marital assets and debts, and various court fees.

  • Do I need an attorney for a divorce?

    You are not required by law to hire an attorney to get divorced in Minnesota. However, there are many advantages to working with an experienced family lawyer. Even the most amicable of divorces tend to have certain challenges. When two spouses cannot agree on every single aspect of the divorce, these challenges are almost guaranteed to escalate. Having an impartial third party on your side can not only help you navigate these issues but also ensures that your rights will be protected throughout the process. At Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm, our divorce attorneys are entirely committed to protecting the best interests of their clients.

  • What is the difference between legal separation and divorce?

    The main difference between legal separation and divorce is that, with legal separation, you and your spouse are technically still married in the eyes of the law. In Minnesota, legal separations and divorces cost about the same and, generally, have the same effects. Just like in a divorce, two parties entering a legal separation must divide debts, marital assets, and shared properties. They must also decide on issues related to child custody, alimony/spousal support, and child support. Note that a legal separation is not the same as a separation. With a general separation, the two parties typically live apart on a trial basis without court involvement. A legal separation, however, involves many of the same elements as a divorce, including court intervention.

  • Do I need a prenup?

    Prenuptial agreements, or prenups, can be beneficial for married couples from all walks of life. While there is no law requiring you to have a prenup, signing one can do much more than just protect your assets and properties in the event of a legal separation or divorce. A prenup can also be used to protect children from a past marriage or partnership, protect your business, and provide you with peace of mind now and in the future. If you are considering entering into a prenuptial agreement, we recommend that you discuss your options with our prenup attorneys at Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm. We can advise you regarding your rights and best interests as they pertain to your specific situation.

  • Do you offer a free consult?

    Yes, our office offers a free phone consult on family law matters.

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    “I have been extremely pleased with her representation and would, and have, recommended to others.”

    “I strongly recommend Kelly Boyd for representation in a divorce case. I have dealt with good as well as bad attorneys and Kelly did a great job for me.”

    “I was referred to Kelly Boyd’s Law Firm and met with Kelly. I am so thankful for her. She helped me through the hardest time in my life; I can’t imagine life without her.”

    “Her ethics are of the highest standard! If you want an attorney you can count on, not overcharge you and get things resolved Kelly Boyd is the one to go to.”

    “Kelly Boyd is by far the best choice in every way...She was finally able to get me to a point where I feel my case is resolved and if, heaven forbid, I ever need an attorney again, I will happily run straight to her for help.”

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