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How to Divide IRAs in a Divorce

When you get a divorce, your retirement plans and accounts are treated like most of your other assets. Part will be yours alone and part you must share with your spouse. The amount of money your spouse gets depends primarily on when you started contributing to your individual retirement account (IRA). Fortunately, the process of Read More

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Using a Quitclaim Deed in a Divorce

One common point of contention during a divorce case is each partner’s responsibility for paying debts such as a mortgage. In some circumstances, the couple might simply choose the best option is to sell off the house and pocket the profits so that they don’t have to worry about untangling the asset. In other cases, Read More

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Answers to Common Questions About Divorce Mediation in Minnesota

As Minnesota divorce attorneys, we regularly receive questions on all aspects of divorce, including the mediation process. Below are a few of the most common questions we receive, along with some brief answers to them. Q: Why should I use mediation for my divorce? Minnesota requires all divorcing couples without a history of domestic violence Read More

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Negotiating a House Buyout as Part of Your Divorce

One way to deal with your family home as part of your divorce is for one of the spouses to buy out the other’s interest in the home. The way the buyout occurs varies depending on the circumstances of the divorce. It could take place over time, with both spouses maintaining an interest in the Read More

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Filing for Divorce When You Live Overseas

If you wish to file for divorce while living outside the United States, you must be prepared for some complicated legal issues that could apply to your case. There is a chance you will need to follow the laws of the jurisdiction in which you live to get your divorce, and if this is the Read More

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Tips for a Productive Divorce Mediation

In recent years, mediation has become an increasingly popular option for couples seeking divorce. In fact, Minnesota courts require mediation or some form of Alternative Dispute Resolution in family law matters, with a few exceptions to that requirement. Although this method is usually cheaper and less contentious, it requires some commitment and cooperation from both Read More

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How Long Does the Divorce Mediation Process Take?

There are a number of advantages to settling your divorce through mediation rather than taking your case to court. It can be significantly less expensive, for one — and in almost every case, it will be faster, as well. In Minnesota, nearly every divorce case will be required to at least attempt mediation prior to Read More

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  • "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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