Richfield Divorce Attorney
Divorce is difficult for the individuals going through it, and for their families. Having a competent Richfield divorce lawyer can help make the process go much smoother.
Custody is determined in one of two ways: through an agreement submitted by the parties, or through a trial following a court ordered custody evaluation. If a custody evaluation is necessary, the evaluator will submit a report to the judge for his or her consideration. In Minnesota, custody is determined based upon what is found to be in the best interest of a child. That could be a sole physical custody arrangement, or a joint custody arrangement.
In determining the appropriate amount of child support, the court looks at the total incomes for both parties, as well as parenting time of the non-custodial parent. The amount can be modified at a later date, if there is a change in financial circumstances.
The division of marital assets and marital debt can be a rather complicated process. Mediation, or an early neutral evaluation, may be conducted, with the hope that the parties will agree upon who gets what. Sometimes, however, the court must decide who gets which assets. This does make the divorce process longer and more expensive, but a trial may be the only way for you to recover your fair share of the marital estate – typically 50%.
There are times in which one party will be awarded alimony in order to sustain themselves financially. Whether or not a party receives spousal maintenance depends upon how long the marriage lasted, and the standard of living enjoyed by the parties. The incomes of both are considered, along with the parties’ age, educational background, work history and health.
Attorney’s fees may be paid by the other side if they prolong the divorce process in bad faith, or if there is a financial hardship that prevents a party from being able to pay their lawyer.
Contact a Richfield Divorce Attorney
You don’t have to go through the divorce process alone. Speak with an experienced, compassionate and aggressive attorney that will help you obtain the result that you need to go on with your life. To find out more about how we can help you, call us at 763-323-6555 to schedule your free consultation, or complete our free case evaluation form.