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Protecting Yourself as You Prepare for Your Divorce

Whether you have decided to file for divorce or have just learned of your spouse’s intention to do so, here are some steps you can take to protect yourself, your children and your assets: Consult an attorney: Divorce attorneys are knowledgeable on the steps you should take to protect yourself before divorce proceedings begin. Let Read More

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Minimizing the Impact Divorce Has on Your Children

Divorce is difficult on all parties involved. However, young children often have the hardest time dealing with separation and divorce. While the dissolution of your marriage may be unavoidable, the way you go about ending your union can have a significant impact on your child’s emotional and psychological health. You can work to minimize the Read More

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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state. This means that if you would like a divorce, you may only cite that irreconcilable differences led to the breakdown of your marriage. Furthermore, at least you or your spouse must meet the residency requirement — one of you must be a resident of the state for 180 days Read More

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Divorces Among Long-Married Couples Highlight the Need for Thoughtful Planning

In general, as people age, they tend to accumulate assets and receive gradually larger salaries. Couples, too, are often lucky enough to increase their standard of living over the years, and the more years they remain married, the more intertwined their finances become. Now, results from a recent survey of 546 people who divorced after Read More

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Divorcing Your Same-Sex Spouse in Minnesota

According to the U.S. Census, there are 10,200 same-sex couples in Minnesota. The Williams Institute estimates that approximately 5,000 of these couples will marry within the first three years of same-sex legalization. This August marks the one year anniversary of same-sex marriage being legalized in Minnesota. To date, however, 31 states still ban same-sex marriage. Read More

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What Do Parenting Education Classes Cover?

Despite your best efforts, your marriage may come to an end. If you have children, you want what is best for them. And so does the court. In fact, the court recognizes that the impact of divorce on children can be dramatic — and has the power to order divorcing parents who contest a child Read More

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Minnesota Divorce Terminology 101

If you are considering divorce, it is in your best interests to consult with a knowledgeable family law attorney as soon as possible. Understanding the legal process while dealing with the emotional fallout of the marital split can be difficult to say the least. However, you may be able to ease the stress of the Read More

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Why Mediation May Be the Right Solution for Divorcing Parents

Mediation is a tool for resolving disputes between parties. Divorcing parents might consider this alternative dispute resolution viable for equitably dividing assets, deciding custody arrangements, devising parenting plans and calculating child support matters, particularly for child expenses not specifically covered under Minnesota laws. In fact, an attempt at alternative dispute resolution is required in most Read More

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Developing an Effective Divorce Mediation Strategy

Mediation does not mean you give in and give up what is important to you. When approached strategically, the negotiation process improves your chances of getting what you want from your divorce. With your attorney’s help, develop a mediation strategy designed to accomplish your goals. Consider these helpful negotiation tips: Come prepared. Know what assets Read More

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Dividing the Family Home During Divorce

During your dissolution of marriage proceedings, you have a couple options for dividing your home if it has equity, such as: Selling the home and splitting the proceeds One party keeping the home and paying the other spouse a fair amount Dividing the marital home during divorce negotiations is difficult for many reasons. First, you Read More

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  • "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.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.

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