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Apple Valley Divorce Lawyer

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Even so-called easy divorces are never easy. Between the emotions and all the details, there is so much to process and decide. When you and your spouse have decided to divorce, our experienced attorney can advise you on how to best proceed and work toward the fresh start you seek.

At Meinerts Law Office, P.A., we will treat you compassionately and do everything we can to mitigate the stress that accompanies divorce. Whether your divorce is highly contentious with many points of conflict or is more collaborative, Attorney Merlyn Meinerts will bring his client-centric approach to the unique challenges of your case.

General Divorce Laws in Minnesota

Every state has laws related specifically to divorce that address residency requirements, property division, and more.

Residency Requirements

At least one spouse must live in Minnesota (or be stationed in an armed service in the state) for at least 180 days before filing.

Grounds for Divorce

Minnesota is a no-fault state. There are no fault-based grounds.

Property Division

A few states follow community property rules where marital assets must be split equally. Minnesota, on the other hand, is an equitable-distribution state. The court will divide the property in a manner it sees as fair, which isn’t necessarily 50/50.

Child Support

Minnesota courts rely on prescribed guidelines when determining child support.

Spousal Support/Alimony

Courts have discretion on whether to order spousal support. The length of the marriage, earning capacity, existing debts and assets, child custody arrangements, and more are considered.

Comprehensive Legal Representation for All Aspects of Your Divorce

No matter the character of your relationship with your spouse or the complications of your emotional and financial standing, Attorney Meinerts will advocate for your best interests on matters concerning child custody, property division, spousal support, and other aspects of the divorce agreement. If necessary, he is ready to argue on your behalf in trial.

Learn more about your divorce options and how we can help. Contact us online or by calling (952) 777-8886.

Collaborative Divorce

Hollywood often depicts divorce as a bitter battle like 1989’s black comedy The War of the Roses, but that’s not the reality for many couples choosing to end their marriage. In a collaborative divorce, both spouses wish to amicably end their marriage and agree to not take the case to court. For this approach to work, both parties must also honestly disclose financial and personal information.

This less-adversarial approach can still help settle matters such as:

Not only are collaborative divorces generally less stressful, but they are also less costly, and disputes are settled more quickly than a traditional divorce.

Other advantages of collaborative divorce include:

  • Promotes effective communication between spouses
  • Spouses are more likely to follow agreements when they participated in creating them
  • Helps spouses see the process as meeting everyone’s needs, not just their own
  • Protects the privacy of the spouses when the divorce is not litigated in court

Our Apple Valley divorce lawyer, Attorney Meinerts, is certified by Minnesota’s Supreme Court under the Alternative Dispute Resolution Rule 114.

Contested Divorce

Not all divorces are appropriate for the collaborative process; some need to be litigated in family court. When you believe your divorce might be acrimonious, you will want to hire our thoughtful and skilled lawyer long before you file. He’ll scrutinize tax returns, bank statements, pay stubs, retirement accounts, and other data to have a firm understanding of you and your spouse’s financial condition.

When it is time to initiate the divorce, there are two beginning steps:

  • Summons. This formally notifies the other spouse of legal action and prevents both parties from draining assets or making any other changes. It also sets a time for the other party to respond.
  • Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The petition notifies the other party of issues such as marital property division, child custody, child support and spousal maintenance.

Negotiating Terms

A contested divorce generally begins with a motion for temporary relief where we will seek temporary orders while your divorce is in process. These temporary orders can include child custody, visitation, child support, spousal maintenance, and occupancy of the marital home. After the temporary hearing, a judge will conduct a pretrial hearing with you, your spouse, and both attorneys. If a negotiated divorce agreement is unlikely, the judge will schedule a divorce trial.

Attorney Meinerts has the experience and education that makes him a respected negotiator. If a negotiated settlement is not possible, he is able to logically present your side of each issue during the trial. Other experts, friends, co-workers, and others may be used to fully illustrate your position.

Our Approach to Divorce

We have a motto at Meinerts Law Office, P.A. that governs what we do: Represent. Resolve. Restore.

  • Represent. Attorney Meinerts advocates for clients and understands the emotional and practical complexities of a changing family situation. He will competently act on behalf of you and your loved ones.
  • Resolve. Our highly trained divorce attorney is experienced in resolving the countless details divorce cases involve. He is a problem-solver who can provide creative solutions.
  • Restore. He will fight to give you a fresh start and every opportunity for success on the other side of the divorce.

You can count on our Apple Valley divorce attorney. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call (952) 777-8886.

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