The dissolution of marriage requires an understanding of the family relationships and financial intricacies that are a vital part of the marital relationship. At Berg, Debele, DeSmidt & Rabuse, P.A., our attorneys are strong legal advocates who can provide attentive counsel for the complex issues of divorce.
'Do I Really Need an Attorney for My Divorce?'
According to the law? No. According to what we have seen transpire in our decades of family law experience? Absolutely. We understand that you may have had bad experiences in the past or otherwise be disillusioned with the legal profession. But as the old proverb goes, "A man who is his own attorney has a fool for a client."
This is not meant to be demeaning, but that proverb has been around a long time for a reason. It is to your benefit to have an attorney because he or she will not be swayed by the emotions of the moment during a difficult time. Your divorce is about more than achieving a solution that works for you today; it is about entering into agreements that will impact your life for decades. Our attorneys have the skills and experience necessary to maintain clarity of thought and execute a successful long-term strategy for you and your family.
Specifics of Minnesota Divorce
Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state. Parties filing for divorce do not have to prove that the other was adulterous, abusive or acted to cause the breakdown of the relationship. A couple does not have to prove one party was at fault or did something that has caused the breakdown of the relationship. However, there are decisions that need to be made regarding various aspects of divorce:
- Division of Assets and Debts: The assets may include real property such as houses, vacation cabins and land, household items like furniture, retirement and bank accounts, closely held businesses, and other personal property including jewelry, antiques and vehicles (such as autos, boats and motorcycles). Debts may include mortgages, loans and credit cards. The assets and debts need to be valued and divided in a manner that is fair and equitable to both parties. We have the resources and knowledge needed to handle even the most complex property division.
- Spousal Maintenance (Alimony): Decisions need to be made regarding spousal maintenance and other financial assistance, especially when one spouse may not have worked outside the home during the marriage and is not in a position to be immediately self-supporting.
- Child Custody: An important determination following a divorce or separation is custody of the children. Almost as important is the establishment of a visitation schedule that meets the needs of both parents and serves the best interests of the children.
- Child Support: It is crucial to make sure that the financial resources necessary for children to be cared for are provided despite parents no longer contributing to the same marital household.
We also understand that divorce may not be the right answer for everyone. For some, separating legally and financially to protect their interests may be a better course of action. Learn more about marital separation agreements.
Our Minneapolis firm also assists with other important matters surrounding divorce, dissolution of marriage and legal separation, including:
- Providing health insurance coverage for the children
- Making decisions about the children's education, including addressing issues of funding higher education
- Religious upbringing
- Business ownership
- Mental health concerns, particularly if a spouse's mental illness will affect his or her ability to parent
- Prior domestic abuse
- Chemical dependency concerns, again, particularly when they will impact the ability to care for the children
Contact a Divorce Lawyer Today
If you need legal representation in a divorce, contact us today to schedule an appointment with a Twin Cities divorce lawyer. We are committed to protecting your interests and the well-being of your children.