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Helping solve problems for families in Stillwater, Dakota County, Burnsville, Eagan and Woodbury, MN

Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. focuses on helping families navigate the legal issues they face. We listen carefully to fully understand your situation, and we give you the information you need to guide your decisions. We won’t sugarcoat the situation or lead you to believe that solving any kind of legal problem is a walk in the park. But with our 50 years ’ combined experience on your side, you can feel confident that we will work hard to help you achieve your goals.

Comprehensive family law representation

Our firm provides high-quality legal representation in a variety of family law matters:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Alimony/spousal support
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Parenting time and visitation
  • Domestic abuse
  • Orders of protection
  • Harassment restraining order
  • Post-decree modifications
  • Grandparents’ rights
  • Division of assets, including complex cases
  • Division of debts
  • Relocation
  • Contested and uncontested divorce
  • Legal separation
  • Adoption
  • Paternity
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Child protection
  • Third-party custody
  • Relative caregiver custody

We understand that you and your family are going through rough times. Whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant in a family law case, we have the knowledge and experience to provide intelligent, thorough representation.

Divorce in Minnesota

A divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, is typically complicated and time-consuming. Our attorneys aim to reduce the stress of your divorce. We assist clients in every divorce situation:

  • Contested divorce
  • Uncontested divorce
  • No-fault divorce
  • High-net-worth divorce
  • Same-sex divorce

At Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., we understand that even though your marriage is over, your relationship with your spouse is likely to continue if you have children. We believe parents, not courts, are in the best position to decide what type of custody and parenting-time arrangement works for your family, so we go the extra mile to pursue a fair agreement with your spouse. We also understand that agreements are not always possible. In that case, we put our extensive courtroom experience to work for you.

Exploring the differences between legal separation and dissolution of marriage

Divorce may not be right for you for personal, religious or cultural reasons. A legal separation is much like a divorce. Both include custody, parenting time, child support and, if appropriate, alimony orders. The parties can also ask the court to issue an order dividing the marital assets and debts. The major difference is that in a legal separation, you remain legally married.

We help you decide which path is right for you. Whether you choose to pursue a legal separation or a final dissolution of marriage, we guide you through the process and help you find stability again.

Call our Oakdale family law attorneys for a free consultation

Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. serves clients throughout the Washington County, Dakota County, Burnsville, Eagan and Woodbury areas, with convenient location in Oakdale Minnesota. We have more than 50 years ’ combined experience. Contact us online, or call us at 651.760.7524.

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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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