Anoka Divorce Attorney
Divorce Cases in Minnesota
Divorce law is complicated and unique, so every case must be handled differently. Divorce can also be one of the most stressful and emotional experiences in life. Many decisions must be made, such as those involving finances, real estate, property, and business ownership. When children are involved, additional considerations must be made affecting the dynamic of the family. This is a time when a compassionate divorce attorney can ease your mind and address your questions and concerns.
Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm and our Anoka divorce attorneys would be happy to help you make sense of your divorce. We know that you are going through a lot right now, which is why we are devoted to providing reliable, compassionate legal representation and counsel. Not only can we be your legal guides, but we would also like to be your source of genuine moral support.
Navigating the Divorce Process
In Minnesota, divorce is called dissolution of marriage in some contexts. Cases are heard and decided in family court. Since Minnesota is a no-fault state, you do not need to prove that your spouse caused the breakup or did anything specific to make you want to file for divorce. All that must be proven is that there has been “an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship,” which essentially means that you are ready to move on with your life without maintaining your marriage.
Our Anoka divorce attorneys can gather information to better understand your situation by asking questions such as the following:
- Are there children from the marriage?
- What assets like homes, vehicles, retirement accounts, businesses, and valuable household items are involved?
- Are there debts, such as credit card debts, student loans, mortgages, or vehicle loans?
- What is the employment status of each spouse?
- How are finances arranged? How are bills paid?
- How is everyone getting along?
When Children are Concerned
A primary concern in a dissolution of marriage is the welfare of the couple’s children, as well as which parent will receive custody. Each spouse has the right to decide where the children will live (physical custody or primary residence), how much time the children will spend with each parent (parenting time), how decisions will be made for the children in the future (legal custody), and how each parent will contribute to the children’s financial future (child support). Also, if children were born before the marriage and there has been no adoption order or custody order, the mother will have sole custody until there is a court order changing custody.
Financial Decisions in Divorce
The uncertainty facing one partner who is financially dependent on the other can cause tension in the divorce process. We can guide you through the steps of asset and debt division, and what to expect when seeking spousal maintenance or alimony.
There are two types of spousal maintenance in Minnesota:
- Short-term or temporary spousal maintenance
- Permanent spousal maintenance
Your attorney will help you understand what the best alternative for you may be. After all, that is why we are here, and what we love to do.
Fair Property Division in Divorce
Minnesota law requires the court to make a “just and equitable division of the marital property of the parties without regard to marital misconduct.” This can include homes, cabins, bank accounts, retirement and pension accounts, brokerage accounts, and more. It will also include the allocation of debts such as mortgages, credit cards, and loans. It is important to know that “equitable” means fair, “not equal,” so depending on your individual circumstances your property may be distributed in some other manner than 50/50.
Do All Divorces Go to Court?
Technically, all divorces need to go to court because a judge must review the divorce agreement and approve it. Not all divorces need to go to litigation for a courtroom battle, though, which is also called a “contested divorce.” With the help of our Anoka divorce lawyers, you can try to keep your divorce proceeding amicable or “uncontested,” so it resolves with as little conflict as possible.
Real Legal Guidance When It Matters Most
Our Anoka divorce attorneys are ready to guide you each step of the way during your divorce, including decisions that will need to be made for you and your family and whether you will need to appear in court. Find the thoughtful and knowledgeable counsel you need at Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm.