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Washington County, MN Lawyers Provide Comprehensive Representation in All Kinds of Family Law Cases

Finding solutions for families throughout St. Paul, Stillwater, Dakota County, Burnsville, Eagan and Woodbury, MN

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.

Helping families in a wide variety of cases

We offer intelligent, thorough and effective legal representation in a variety of family law matters:

  • Divorce — If your marriage has reached a point where it can’t be saved, or if your spouse has made that decision for you, we can help. We provide comprehensive divorce representation, whether you are the petitioner or the respondent in an existing case or looking to head off a legal battle. We explain how to avoid costly litigation, while preparing for trial if necessary.
  • Mediation Mediation is a method of resolving disputes out of court. Even if your case has already been filed, you may be able to craft an agreement of your own without leaving your fate and that of your children to a court. Mediation is required in most family law casesand we advocate for our clients through the mediation process.
  • Division of assets  Deciding how to divide marital assets is often a point of impasse for couples. If you can’t come to an agreement about the division of assets, the court will divide them. We have extensive experience in complicated asset division cases. If you or your spouse has a high net worth, you need one of our experienced divorce lawyers on your side to protect your interests.
  • Alimony  Alimony, or spousal support, is a hotly contested issue in many high-net-worth divorces, but it can be a source of conflict for any couple. If you need to pursue or challenge an alimony claim, consult a smart, aggressive divorce attorney to help you build a solid case from the start.
  • Child custody  Your child custody arrangement is likely to be the most important aspect of your divorce. If worrying about who’s going to get custody is keeping you up at night, choose an attorney who can help put your mind at ease. Courts consider a host of factors in determining child custody, and your attorney should prepare the appropriate evidence to support your claim.
  • Child support  Children are entitled to be supported by their parents, and courts typically enforce this right by ordering the noncustodial parent to pay child support to the custodial parent. This is not always the rule, however, in cases of near-equal parenting time or other exceptional factors. A knowledgeable family law attorney can explain the child support laws and help you pursue or challenge a claim for child support.
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements  Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are not just for the wealthy. Anyone who has assets to protect should consider a marital agreement. For example, a business owner who has worked for years to build a company may want to protect it in the event of divorce.
  • Paternity When an unmarried couple has a baby, the father is not automatically deemed to be the father. If the relationship goes south, the father may find that he has no rights in connection with his child without an adjudication of paternity. Similarly, if an unmarried parent is seeking child support, paternity must first be established. If you are seeking child support or being sued for child support, you should contact an experienced lawyer to discuss the issues surrounding paternity.
  • Grandparents’ rights  When your child’s divorce or death cuts off your access to your grandchildren, the impact on both you and the children can be devastating. Minnesota law gives grandparents rights to visitation with their grandchildren in limited circumstances. If you need a court’s help to maintain your relationship with your grandchild, get in touch with one of our family law attorneys.

Contact our Oakdale family law attorneys for a free consultation today

Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. has an office in Oakdale, and serves clients throughout Minnesota, including in the Washington County, Dakota County, Burnsville, Eagan Woodbury, MN areas. Let us help you resolve your family law dispute and find stability. Contact us online, or call us at 651-379-3024. Parking is free, and we offer flexible scheduling.

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Client testimonials
  • "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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