Minnetonka Divorce Attorney
There are different ways to dissolve a marriage, but the most common involve a contested divorce, or an uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorce is ideal, because the litigants agree on everything – from the custody of children, to the distribution of the assets and debts of the parties. Other times, however, it isn’t so simple, and we must argue the merits of your situation in the courtroom. Whatever situation you face, you should speak with a Minnetonka divorce lawyer with our firm.
Custody is one of the issues that tends to be contested. Sometimes both parents want sole physical custody, or one wants at least a joint physical custody arrangement. An evaluation will be made, covering 13 criteria, to see what is in the best interest of a minor child. The judge will review the results of this evaluation and, following a trial, make a decision.
A formula is used when child support is needed, so that the amount of support can be calculated. The support guidelines into account the gross incomes of both parents, and the amount of parenting time. Support typically lasts until the child is 18, or high school graduation, whichever is later.
In Minnesota, the Court is to divide the marital property of the parties in an equitable manner. This almost always means equal, but there some exceptions. Non-marital property is typically awarded to the party who brought the asset into the marriage, or who inherited during the marriage.
Alimony is awarded when there is a need for it by the spouse with a lower income. It is important for both parties to be able to support themselves. However, alimony is often temporary, so that the individual receiving it will find a job, work toward finding a better job, or will obtain the proper degree, or training, to have a career. In some situations, spousal maintenance may be permanent.
If one party fails to show up to court, or doesn’t respond to discovery requests, then they may be made to pay the increasing attorney’s fees of the other party. Such awards discourage litigants from purposely lengthening the process. However, there are times when there may also be a need for attorney’s fees to be paid simply because of an inability to pay. The court may order the party with the ability to pay all, or part, of those fees.
Contact a Minnetonka Divorce Attorney
Divorce is difficult. You need a competent, knowledgeable attorney. To find out how we can help you reach a satisfactory conclusion in your divorce, call us at 763-323-6555 for a free consultation. Or, feel free to complete our free case evaluation form.