How To Choose A Good MN Divorce Lawyer

Divorce Lawyer | Have you ever the heard the phrase, “You get what you pay for”?  We are sure that you have.  Everyone wants a good deal, but what constitutes a good deal when it comes to finding a good Minnesota divorce lawyer?

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Not all divorce lawyers are created equal.  If you are about to dissolve years of  your marriage, you may be tempted to look for the most inexpensive divorce attorney you can find.  You may find a local attorney on who is advertising a $500 flat fee for a divorce in which no children are involved, and $1,500 for a divorce that involves children.  You might even find an attorney who is — gasp — willing to work your case for less.  This is not a good idea.

You  may want to quickly hire the least expensive Minnesota attorney you can find.  Such an attorney might be able to do a decent job for you; then again, maybe not.  Consider all that is involved in a marriage dissolution: property division, debt division, insurance coverage continuance, change of name, spousal support, and, if things are getting unpleasant, maybe an order for protection.  Throw a child or two into the mix, and the issues increase dramatically.  This is a tremendous amount of time and effort, even for an experienced attorney.  If your attorney is going to do a “flat fee” the problem is the only incentive your client has is to do as little work as possible to quickly settle the case. Not what you want of a lawyer handling the most important things in life: your kids and money.

Remember that your marriage dissolution is a court case.  It is not a private agreement; it must be done publicly, in the courts.  If children are involved, the case will stay in the courts until all of the children reach the age of majority (usually 18 in Minnesota).  Is your $1,500 attorney going to be there for you three or four years down the line, when you need modifications to the divorce decree?  Can you call them for questions as they come up in the future?

Find out just how much work you are paying for before you hire a divorce attorney.  To quote an old television commercial for Fram engine oil filters, “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.”  Your best deal will probably come from an attorney who charges a fair amount, enough to give your case the attention it deserves.

For more information please look at our video How To Find A MN Divorce Lawyer

Jason Kohlmeyer
Rosengren, Kohlmeyer & Hagen Law Office Chtd.
Mankato, Minnesota
507-625-5000 | 

Information obtained in may contain knowledgable content about Minnesota Family Law that may be considered beneficial to some; however, in no way should this website or its contents be considered legal advice. Mr. Kohlmeyer is a Minnesota licensed Attorney and cannot provide legal services or guidance to those outside of Minnesota. If you wish to retain Mr. Kohlmeyer as your Attorney in your Family Law matter, contact 507-625-5000.

Jason Kohlmeyer

With over 15 years experience in high conflict family law cases, having received numerous awards, and a frequent lecturer through both Minnesota and the United States on family law issues, Jason has decided to help people through a blog, answering some of the most common questions that people have during divorce and family law. cases. Remember this isn't legal advice. Just blog and attempts to answer general questions, for legal advice you need to hire a lawyer. If you're in Minnesota our firm would be happy to see if we can help you.


  1. i need help finding the best lawyer in the the morris willmar area. i have kids.this is my first divorce and i need help.

  2. I need to find a the best divorce lawyer. i have kids. i appreciaate any help you can give me.i’m from the morris to willmar area

    • Hmmm, I’m afraid I don’t know anyone directly in Willmar who does divorces. I’d suggest going to the web and look for at least two to meet with. Good luck.

  3. This is a GREAT post! I hope you not mind. I published an excerpt on the site and linked back to your own blog for people to read the full version. Thanks for your advice.

  4. I appreciate your article about finding the right attorney. I need a good divorce attorney in minneapolis – can you recommend one? No kids involved – prefer attorney with experience in determination of non-marital versus marital property for inheritance and retirement assets. Thanks, Amy

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