Why Most People Don’t Like Divorce Lawyers

I’m nearing my 100th post here at www.MankatoLawBlog.com and thought rather than the traditional (and I’ll admit sometimes a bit boring) answer to common family law questions, I thought I’d write a little different piece, but one that might still be useful to people going through a divorce. With that said, I’ve put together my list of why people don’t like divorce lawyer! (feel free to post comments to add to it!) Divorce is often the low point in a person’s life:  Often times divorce can lead to mental health issues or even suicide.  This means people can be unreasonable …

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 …

Filing Fees In A Minnesota Divorce

INTRO: I had a client get very irate the other day when he got a bill for “filing fees” in his divorce case, I guess I don’t blame him the local filing fee for Blue Earth County is now $390 plus the $7 law library fee. That’s not a small amount of money anymore. With this as the backdrop I thought I’d discuss what filing fees are in Minnesota divorces. There was a time, long, long ago, when you paid $52 to start a divorce in Minnesota. Then came Governor Pawlenty. While, the facts do show that filing fees did …

Your Spouse Is Cheating…But Does It Matter In A MN Divorce?

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Divorce and bankruptcy together:  sometimes life just isn’t going well.  When these two issues collide, there are extra legal consequences to be aware of.  There are two possibilities to consider here—(a) when the bankruptcy comes first, and then the divorce, and (b) when the divorce comes first, followed by bankruptcy.  If you end up filing for either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 different areas come into play. Bankruptcy followed by divorce: First, what happens when you are already in the process of bankruptcy when you become involved in a divorce?  As you might already know, filing for bankruptcy triggers something …

What State Do I File For Divorce?

The answer may seem obvious; it’s the state you live in! Right? Well, usually yes, but In Minnesota when you decide to file for divorce you do have some options. Minnesota Statute 518.07 generally requires that you live in Minnesota for at least 180 days prior to filing for divorce.  There is no requirement for residency in a legal separation though. So, does this mean if you live in Iowa and your spouse lives in Minnesota you have to file in Minnesota?  Well, the short answer is probably not.  Each state has different legal requirements when you want to get …

7 Things To Do BEFORE You File For Divorce In Minnesota (being proactive!)

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Thinking about getting a divorce? I’m sorry to hear that, but if you do decide to get a divorce here are 7 tips that should help you make the process smoother. 1. Make a plan Where will you live? Taking the kids with you? Who’s moving the furniture?  All basic questions that you should answer before you file or move out.  If you don’t it can make it harder to get what you want later on. Also, your lawyer will ask you what and if you don’t know it can make a divorce more expensive. 2. Prepare a Budget Actually …

My Divorce Cost How Much!?!? The Cost Of Being Unreasonable.

I think that one of the biggest surprises that clients can have in a nasty divorce case is how expensive it is. It simply shocks me how unreasonable people can be about the simplest things in their marriage and then they are even more shocked when the bill comes due. My favorite story is the client who insisted on a birdbath, we filed motion and affidavit , drove to court, argued, submitted a brief for a ….$70 concrete birdbath that my client just didn’t want the ex to have. Total cost in legal fees for that? $2,000. Now, I’m a …