Family Law Blog

  • 7th Oct 2015 The $33,000 Divorce Mistake (AKA Default Judgment)

    The $33,000 Divorce Mistake (AKA Default Judgment)

    The $33,000 Divorce Mistake I received a call the other day from a woman who was calling on behalf of her boyfriend (very common!) who said that her boyfriend was divorced about 6 years ago after a marriage of 5 years.  He didn’t hire a lawyer and was too busy to go to court that day and just assumed the court would make sure that what was done was fair. That was a mistake, technically it was a $33,000 mistake. …

  • 21th Jan 2015 Divorce vs. Legal Separation In Minnesota

    Divorce vs. Legal Separation In Minnesota

    UPDATE: 1-21-2015 This is such a common question I thought I would start out the blog by answering it!  My standard quip is as a divorce lawyer I love legal separations because we get to do the same case twice (and charge accordingly!). A quick summary of what a divorce is, a divorce is a dissolution of the marriage where by you divide assets & debts and deal with custody and parenting time for the kids.  Once divorced you can get …

  • 20th Jan 2015 Taxes and Divorce

    Taxes and Divorce

    Taxes and Divorce in Minnesota: a Few Common Questions & Answers One of failings that us divorce lawyers have is that we usually focus on family law instead of on tax law.  In fact, many divorce lawyers actually put a bold  disclaimer into their retainer saying that they don’t give tax advice and for that you need to go to a certified public accountant, this is good advice, but the problem is that most divorcing people don’t have a CPA on speed …

  • 9th Jan 2015 Effects of Divorce On Children

    Effects of Divorce On Children

    The Parents Get A Divorce, the Kids Get…?? Effects of divorce on children If you’re one of the approximately 10 percent of Minnesotans who have been divorced at some point, you know, from personal experience, what the effects of the divorce were as far as you’re concerned.  What’s harder to know is how your kids fared. The effects of divorce on kids can be wide-ranging.  First, there’s the psychological impact.  Research in this area has provided a fairly broad array …

  • 11th Aug 2014 Is Mediation Required In MN Divorce Cases?

    Is Mediation Required In MN Divorce Cases?

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Jason Kohlmeyer

jason_kohlmeyerA former intelligence analyst and infantryman in the U.S. Army Reserves/Minnesota Army National Guard, Jason Kohlmeyer is a skilled litigator and dedicated family man. A former teacher himself, Jason is married to a teacher in District 77 and they have
three children. Jason has been named:

  • “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers 2003-2011
  • “Star of the Quarter” by the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division, 2002
  • One of 10 “up and coming lawyers” by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine, 2002
  • Past Chair of Family Law Section for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Past Board of Governor member for the Minnesota State Bar Assoc. Criminal Law Section

Thomas Hagen

thomas_hagenThomas Hagen is the newest member of our firm. Practicing law since 2007, Thomas focuses on family law and criminal defense matters. He is active in the local community, and he has been a tremendous addition to our firm. From Janesville, he has been a lifelong resident of Southern Minnesota.

  • “Rising Star” by Minnesota Super Lawyers 2012-present
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
  • Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association