Experienced Prior Lake Attorney Guides Clients Through Divorce
Scott County lawyer protects the rights of spouses and children
When your marriage ends, you need an attorney who will stand up for your rights and provide personalized guidance through the divorce process. At Jodi Langhorst See Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC in Prior Lake, we deliver strong counsel so that you can successfully resolve issues such as property distribution, child custody and alimony, also known as spousal maintenance. Attorney Jodi See has more than 30 years of legal experience advising Minnesota clients and helping them to protect their rights as they start a new chapter in their lives.
Dedicated counselor outlines each aspect of Minnesota divorce law
Our firm provides exceptional matrimonial law representation throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul South Metropolitan area, assisting with issues relating to:
- Grounds — Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that a dissolution of marriage is granted because the union is irretrievably broken. However, allegations of marital misconduct might affect decisions on child custody or spousal support. To file for divorce in Minnesota, one of the spouses must have been living in the state for at least 180 days.
- Legal separation — If you wish to live apart from your spouse while remaining legally married, our firm can represent you in a legal separation. The procedure is similar to what divorcing couples experience and includes determinations regarding alimony, child custody and property division.
- Property division — Assets and debts accumulated during the course of a marriage are divided based on what a court determines to be fair after a review of numerous factors. Under equitable distribution, that division is not necessarily an equal split. We will make sure that the judge understands the value of specific assets and any important marital circumstances.
- Uncontested divorce — Spouses who agree on parenting time, child support, alimony and property division can petition for joint dissolution. This helps them avoid much of the time and expense associated with a typical divorce. Our firm uses this process and other dispute resolution methods, such as divorce mediation, to relieve the burden on clients.
- Modification of a previous divorce — When changing circumstances justify an adjustment to parenting time, alimony or other terms in a divorce order, we can petition the court for an appropriate revision.
Starting with a free initial consultation, our firm will assert your rights and take every possible step to secure a positive outcome for you and your children.
Knowledgeable attorney handles parenting time disputes
Disputes regarding the custody of children after their parents break up must be handled with skill and sensitivity. Whenever possible, our firm seeks to reach consensus on any parenting time agreement that maintains strong relationships between children and both parents. If a compromise can’t be worked out, we construct a thorough case to maximize the likelihood of a decision the serves your child’s best interests. We also assist with a full range of child support concerns, including legal actions relating to the enforcement or modifications of existing orders.
Persistent advocate works to establish fair alimony terms
Courts can award spousal maintenance payments to one spouse from the other if the recipient is not able to maintain their pre-divorce standard of living. In Minnesota, spousal maintenance — commonly called alimony — can be ordered on a temporary basis while the divorce is pending as well as after the marriage is dissolved. Various factors can be used to determine whether alimony is given and for how long, including the length of the marriage, the ages of the spouses, and the earning ability of each party. In negotiations and litigation, we prepare a thorough analysis of each party’s contribution to the marriage and economic circumstances to achieve an appropriate result.
Contact a dedicated Minnesota divorce lawyer for a free initial consultation
Jodi Langhorst See Law Office & Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC represents divorcing spouses in the Minneapolis-St. Paul and South Metropolitan region. Please call 952-777-2980 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Prior Lake office.