To Settle Or Not To Settle (your divorce) That Is The Question! “Should I take the offer to settle my divorce case?”  This is one of the hardest question that I get, and I get it a lot. The question really boils down to a basic cost benefit analysis of your divorce case.  If it’s only dealing with property, such as a house, retirement and cash accounts, it’s easy to give you an answer.  You put your spouses stuff in one column, yours in the other and add them up.  While they don’t have to be equal they should be close. Valuation […]

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Arbitration | What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “divorce”? For many people, it’s a lawyer. And for good I reason–in most circumstances, it’s in your best interest to have a  lawyer represent you during your divorce. But in some cases, the best method of getting a divorce might not be the traditional lawyers-and-courtroom method. Minnesota offers several types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) available to divorcing couples. Here are some of the pros and cons of each. Divorce Arbitration: Arbitration is, on its face, very similar to a court proceeding. You and your […]

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4 Reasons To Stay Calm During Your Divorce.

I think one of the hardest things a client has to do during a divorce is stay calm.  Emotions are often very high during a divorce.  Your case may have infidelity issues, one side always feels like they are being treated unequally, money might be tight and nearly always one side feels that what is happening is not fair.  After 20 years of being a divorce attorney in Minnesota I’ve learned that there are a few good reasons why you need to stay calm, cool and collected in your divorce no matter what happens. Domestic Abuse/Anger Issues:  If you yell […]

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Many folks think that all divorces must end in a trial, aka Kramer vs. Kramer.  They don’t.  The reality is that well over 99% of cases end without any trial, it ends in settlement.  Typically settlements are either 1) done by just the lawyers and clients or 2) at mediation. To succeed at  a Divorce mediation you first you need to understand what mediation is.  Mediation, in the divorce sense,  is when the clients and the lawyers (usually, but not always) go and try and work out a deal.  It’s not  binding and if mediation doesn’t work it usually means […]

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