At Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., we believe mediation offers divorcing spouses an opportunity to reduce the financial and emotional toll associated with protracted litigation. Mediation promotes win-win outcomes, as opposed to the typical winners and losers in a court battle. We offer mediation services in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody and visitation, property division and spousal maintenance.
Mediation enables you to retain control over the decisions affecting your family’s future. The mediator does not make decisions and does not represent either party. Instead, the mediator remains neutral, and promotes cooperation through communication and negotiation.
Duringmediation, each party typically is represented by a family law attorney, who provides legal advice. We believe it is never too early or too late for people to work together to arrive at mutually satisfactory agreements.
The goal of mediation is to negotiate mutually agreeable terms of your divorce. Particularly when children are involved, the negotiations address many important issues, including:
Property division — Minnesota law calls for a divorcing couple’s marital assets and debts to be divided equitably. Marital assets include any property acquired during the marriage, with a few exceptions.
Financial support — A divorcing couple can negotiate the amount and duration of spousal maintenance, more commonly known as alimony. In Minnesota, child support is calculated based on state guidelines, and you are not free to negotiate child support payments that fall below the guidelines.
Parenting plan — Subject to court approval, a divorcing couple can work out a parenting plan that addresses such issues as:
If you have children, the parenting plan is the most important part of your divorce, so make sure you seek advice from an experienced family law attorney before signing any agreement.
With offices in Oakdale and Braham, Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. serves clients throughout Minnesota, including in Washington County, Dakota County, Burnsville, Eagan and Woodbury, MN. Let us guide you through your family law disputes. Contact us online, or call us at 651-760-7524. We are committed to protecting your interests.
"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.