Why You NEED A Divorce Lawyer in Minnesota

Here he goes again… by Jason Kohlmeyer I have dealt with this topic before and said that unless you are in a very unique situation you need a divorce lawyer.  Yes, yes, I know I am a divorce lawyer, so you may think this is a self-serving statement, but in order to explain why a good divorce lawyer is absolutely essential I want to share a story that occurred recently. Recently, a man came to my office and retained me to “fix” some problems that had occurred over the past few years since he was divorced.  Now, he was divorced …

What If You Can’t Afford A Divorce (Lawyer)?

With the economy down lately it’s fairly common I get a several calls during a week from people seeking a divorce, but they say they can’t afford it and just want a few tips. I have to say I always chuckle and think what other profession can you call up and hope to get a few tips, for free? I normally chat for 15 minutes or so and consider it part of my pro bono duty for the week. But, it does lead into a more serious question and that is, what can a person possibly hope to learn in …

Forensic Accountants: A Necessity During Divorce?

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 Forensic Accountants: A Necessity During Divorce?  Though reasons for divorcing may vary, there are several common recurrent topics amid most divorces. Aside from the stress and money involved, there is often the feeling that one person is getting a better deal than the other. Often this feeling stems from financial inequality in the marriage where one person may have earned significantly more than the other. While one partner may have earned less income, s/he may also feel that personal contributions added up significantly during the length of the marriage and that s/he is due some form of compensation for working …

5 Things To Do When Meeting Your Divorce Lawyer For The First Time

So you’ve had enough! You’ve tried marital counseling, perhaps even a trial separation and you feel you have to make the call to a Minnesota Divorce Attorney.  What can you expect? What should do to prepare for it? Well as always, I’m here to help! Here are my top 5 things to do when meeting with your divorce lawyer for the first time: Leave The Kids At Home!Please, take my suggestion on this one, leave the kids at home.  First it’s distracting to you and your lawyer to have little Jimmy running around the office.  If you don’t have day care options …

Why You Should Have A Lawyer During Your Divorce

I was recently asked do I REALLY need a lawyer if I’m getting divorced? Well, the legal answer is no you are not legally required to have an attorney represent you in court for your Minnesota divorce. However, in my 12 years’ experience as a divorce lawyer I will tell you the people who should not at the very least, hire an attorney a document review, are very limited. Here are the people who don’t need to hire a divorce lawyer: You don’t have children with your spouse. You don’t own real estate or a home. The marriage is short-term …

How Can I Save Money On My Divorce? (secret contained below!)

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Divorce On The Cheap In Minnesota Your relationship with your spouse has hit the point of no return, and you know you can’t work it out.  A divorce is looming.   But the last thing you want to spend your hard-earned money on is a divorce!  How can you keep costs down to reduce the negative impact of an already painful time in your life? First, keep in mind that there are good ways to save money during a divorce and bad ways to save money during a divorce.  That is, not all cost-saving is beneficial to you, even if it …

Why Are Divorces So Difficult?

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UPDATED 11 OCT 2013 . common maxim that Family Lawyers say is that a divorce is just a business partnership breaking up, with the one notable difference that the partners used to sleep together. This may help explain why the spouses seem to take terrible and untenable positions, positions that cause immense stress, emotional strain as well as costing tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.  Why? Is It The Divorce Lawyer’s Fault? This article was written by a divorce lawyer, and we generally don’t like to be blamed for things. However, in extremely difficult cases I feel that …

Your Lawyer Is Not The Enemy.

Your lawyer is not the enemy. Today’s blog is about how lawyers and clients interact, that is to say should interact. As much as you might be angry at your lawyer for well…giving you bad news such as that you may have to go jail for drunk driving or that child support is going to cost $1000/month, I would like you to remember something: We didn’t cause your problem, more than likely you did. We didn’t tell you to marry that jerk that is divorcing you and taking your car. We didn’t pour that last round of tequila shooters, the …

Secret To Winning Minnesota Family Law Cases

Pssst, wanna know the secret to winning in a family law case? Ready? Here it is, let the other side think they won… it’s that simple.  If you let the other side think they won, that they pulled one over on you or you gave up, it often ends the conflict and settles the case!  Is it bad to gloat? Well over the years I have had clients or opposing clients do and say silly things that come back to bite them.  Don’t go and parade your new Corvette In front of your ex-spouse or brag to the kids how …

Why Doesn’t Your Ex Follow The Judge’s Order?!

A common question asked is, “Why won’t the judge do anything when the other side doesn’t follow the order?”  Well, the sad truth is that while an order in Minnesota is supposed to be followed and the police are often times supposed to enforce the order, all too often a judge’s signed order is ignored. Who is to blame? Is it the Judge for not doing anything when brought to his or her attention? Is it the lawyer, who despite an ethical obligation to not counsel a client to disobey a court order, does so anyway? Is it the person …