Minnesota Attorneys Focused on Family law and Divorce


Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. is a family law firm in Lakeville, Minnesota. Since opening our doors in 2008, we have demonstrated our commitment to serve local families with experienced and competent legal representation in family law and divorce.

We follow the guiding principles of:

Knowledge — Our attorneys have learned valuable lessons while representing our clients in all areas of family law from both contested and uncontested divorces to third party custody rights to requesting Orders of Protection when things get violent in the home. Our attorneys have represented clients in all areas of family law and have extensive knowledge that can help you through your specific family law matter.
Dedication — Our focus is on family law and we dedicate ourselves to helping our clients resolve their disputes so that they can move on with their lives after divorce.
Experience — We have more than 60 years of combined experience among our attorneys, which gives our clients the confidence to trust that we will get them the results they seek.


Our family law attorneys have developed a reputation for excellence within the Twin Cities metro area, the northern counties of Pine, Isanti, Chisago and Kanabec and throughout the surrounding areas. We are dedicated to our clients, and their best interests guide everything we do. We step into the fray on your behalf and we do our best to get you the results you want.

Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart attorneys are:

Aggressive — We will not back down when it comes to defending our clients’ interests, however, we also know when it makes sense to remove the gloves and come to an amicable solution.
Honest — We don’t sugarcoat bad news for you. It is in your best interest that your attorney is up-front and candid with you even when the situation is not entirely favorable so that you can make the best, most informed decision based on the law and how it applies to the facts of your case.
Responsive — Our clients have our attention. When you hire us to handle your divorce or family law matter, you can be sure that we will be responsive and keep you informed at every turn in your case.
Thorough — We investigate and explore every possible strategy when we are preparing your case in order to obtain the best possible outcome given your situation.



At Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, we offer family law representation in the following practice areas:

Contested Divorce — When divorce becomes adversarial, you need to be confident that you’ve hired a firm that will go toe-to-toe with the other side to defend your rights.
Division of Assets — Dissolving a marriage can mean extricating complicated financial relationships. We have experience with dividing assets equitably between the parties and coming to a fair settlement.
Child Custody — Which parent will have physical custody and which will have visitation can cause a tremendous amount of conflict. Our attorneys understand how to work through the inevitable conflicts that arise when families are trying to sort out parenting time schedules fairly, arranging pick-up and drop-off locations, holiday schedules and all the other issues that come from dividing time with the children.
Spousal Maintenance — With all of the factors involved in the issue of spousal maintenance, working with a knowledgeable divorce attorney can help you work with the court to come to a fair and appropriate arrangement for both parties.
Grandparents' Rights — Grandparents want to continue to have access to their grandchildren with whom they have established a bonded relationship. We support our clients in exercising their rights to be a meaningful part of their grandchildren’s lives.
Third Party Custody — Minnesota law recognizes that someone other than a child's parents can provide a safe, loving and stable living environment that will be in the best interests of the child. Our attorneys can help if you are looking to pursue legal custody of a minor child.

The attorneys at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. can offer guidance in the following areas of family law:

  • Legal Separation
  • Divorce
  • Contested Divorce
  • Relocation
  • Division of Assets
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time / Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Adoption
  • Paternity
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Orders of Protection
  • Harassment Restraining Order
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Child Protection
  • Post-decree Modifications
  • Third Party Custody
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Relative Caregivers Custody
  • Complex Asset Division
  • Division of Debts
  • Alimony / Spousal Maintenance
  • Cohabitation Agreements
Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

Areas Of Practice


    At Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., we understand the rough times families face when divorce, custody battles or other family problems are looming. We take pride in helping people change their circumstances and find stability again. Our no-nonsense approach means we get right to the point without wasting your precious time. We provide answers to your legal questions and guidance through crises, so you can make the right decisions for yourself and your family.


    When your whole world is being disrupted, calm advice from an experienced divorce attorney can help relieve the stress of parting with your spouse. The family law attorneys at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. are responsive to your needs, and they make sure you have realistic expectations about your situation.


    Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. focuses on delivering solid legal representation when you face family-related problems. If you anticipate that your spouse will wage a battle over child custody during or after your divorce, let us review your situation and explain your options. We work hard to achieve the right outcome for you and your children.

Contact an Oakdale family law firm with more than 60 years of combined experience

Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. is located in St. Paul, Minnesota and serves clients in and around Lake Elmo, Willernie, Stillwater, Saint Paul, Bayport, Newport, Lakeland, South Saint Paul, Afton, Dakota County, Ramsey County and Washington County.

Our Attorneys

What Our Clients Have to Say!

  • Tori had a thorough understanding of my situation and made excellent recommendations to resolve my concerns. She was persistent on communication and handled everything in a very timely manner. I would definitely hire her again in the future if needed.

    - M.K.
  • With Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., it is like having a family physician. They are all knowledgeable, thorough, comforting, and the only call I need to make for all my legal needs for many years to come. No matter what the matter, I totally trust their advice and commitment to me and my family.

    - J.N.
  • Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement.

    - Dana C.
  • I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of.

    - Jeff M.
  • Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties. Though, I hope I won’t need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help.

    - Rod S.

Contact the Firm


Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.


20856 Holyoke Avenue,
P.O. Box 369,
Lakeville, Minnesota 55044