Bloomington MN Divorce Attorney
Divorce can be a complicated process depending upon the number of contested issues, but it can also be relatively simple. A Bloomington divorce lawyer with our firm can provide guidance. Sometimes couples do not contest the many issues that they are facing, because they simply agree. Even if they disagree, mediation can help them resolve the issues so they can reach a conclusion that satisfies them both.
Child custody is one of the commonly contested issues. While there are some cases in which parents agree on a custody agreement beforehand, there are some cases where an agreement just can’t be created. If that’s the case, a custody evaluation is conducted by someone appointed by the court. This evaluation covers 13 areas of the child’s life to see who would be the best party to have custody of the child. A report is generated from this evaluation and it is that report that the judge bases their decision upon. After the decision, parenting time can be established and will be mandated by court order.
Child support is dependent upon the income of both parties and parenting time. How much support is needed will be determined based upon the custodial parent’s ability to care for the child financially. The non-custodial parent could be required to pay for medical costs, daycare, and any other costs that are deemed appropriate.
Property division is equitable, but it is almost always a 50/50 split. This can be a complicated process, but you can speak with your Bloomington divorce lawyer about your debts and assets and how this process can work for you – if you and your spouse do not agree on how these items are to be divided.
Alimony is awarded based upon a person’s financial need, when they are the party that earns less and has been reliant on the other party’s income to support them. The length of the marriage is a factor, as is the lifestyle lived during the marriage. Incomes are also taken into consideration when determining an appropriate amount to pay.
Attorney’s fees can be paid by one party, if the court requires that person to pay those fees. Attorney’s fees awards occur when one party has dragged out the process by not following the demands of the court, or when there is a financial, need and the court feels that it is best that the person who makes more money pays.
Contact a Bloomington Divorce Lawyer
You need quality representation by your side every step of the way. You should not ever have to feel like you’re alone in divorce. To find out what we can do for you, call us at 763-323-6555 to schedule your free consultation, or complete our free case evaluation form.