St. Paul Family Lawyer
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Providing Experienced Legal Help in Family Law and Divorce Cases Since 1963
Legal disputes involving family can be stressful, overwhelming, and downright painful. Emotions can hinder sound, logical decisions, especially when children are involved. The St. Paul family lawyers at Milavetz Law, P.A. are here to provide the guidance and support you need during this trying time—and to help you identify and achieve the results you deserve.
Since 1963, our top-rated attorneys in Minnesota have been dedicated to helping families find positive, achievable solutions to divorce, child custody, and other family law disputes. Contact our law office in St. Paul, Minnesota to discover why we are the team you want fighting for you. Your first consultation is free, so call now.
What types of cases does a St. Paul family lawyer handle?
At Milavetz Law, P.A., our family law attorneys help clients navigate matters involving marriage, children, adoption, and divorce. We advocate for our clients, protect their rights, and help them work toward equitable and fair family law dispute resolutions.
Divorce is an inherently stressful process, even when spouses agree that it is time to part ways. Most often, spouses don’t see eye to eye about important aspects of a divorce—including child custody, financial support, and the division of marital property. In Minnesota, spouses must agree on these (and other) terms before a divorce can be finalized and they can go their separate ways.
Our St. Paul divorce lawyers will help you file for a divorce and serve your spouse (or respond to papers if you have been served), negotiate the terms of your dissolution of marriage, and get your divorce finalized so you can move forward with your life.
Divorces tend to be more stressful when children are involved. Parents need to be able to set their emotions aside and make rational decisions about their family’s future. That is easier said than done, however. Our St. Paul child custody lawyers will work to keep the peace between you and your spouse and ensure your children’s best interests are front and center during custody negotiations.
In Minnesota, parents have equal rights to legal custody and physical custody of their children. During a divorce, determining physical custody can be a challenge, especially if one parent plans on relocating. Our law firm will help you map out a custody arrangement that fits your family’s needs and helps your children stay in contact with both parents—if that is safest and best for them.
When parents cannot agree on custody, mediation is a useful tool. Our law firm encourages parents to enter mediation voluntarily, without a court order. Through mediation, a neutral third party can help parents find common ground and compromise on a parenting plan that works for everyone.
Parents in Minnesota share the responsibility of providing for their children. Often, the noncustodial parent (the parent who spends less physical time with the children) may be asked to pay child support. Child support can be used to cover the costs of housing, education, health care, and other expenses necessary to support a child.
In accordance with Minnesota Statute 518A.35, child support is calculated using each parent’s gross income or ability to pay, child custody timeshare, and other important factors. Each parent needs to be transparent and forthcoming about their income. After all, the money is used to benefit their children and ensure their needs are met. Our St. Paul child support attorneys can help you petition for support, request a modification to an existing child support order, or fight to recover unpaid child support from the child’s other parent.
Many times, spouses don’t have the same income. This is not usually a problem during marriage because they simply pool their resources. Things can become complicated when spouses divorce and one earns substantially less than the other, however. That is where spousal support—or alimony—can be beneficial.
Alimony is paid to ensure that a lesser earning spouse has financial stability after a divorce. No set formula exists for calculating spousal support in Minnesota. Instead, several factors are taken into consideration. This includes the spouse’s earning capacity, the standard of living they came to enjoy during the marriage, sacrifices to their education or career during the marriage, and how long the couple was married.
Our St. Paul spousal support lawyers will advocate for you whether you are requesting alimony or fighting it. We will work to ensure that all income is disclosed and the circumstances of the marriage are fully understood, which will open the door to clear and transparent negotiations.
When couples get divorced, they must figure out how to divide their marital property. As stated by Minnesota Statute 518.58, Minnesota is an equitable distribution state that divides assets (and debts) fairly between the spouses in a divorce. This doesn’t necessarily mean that assets are split evenly. Instead, each spouse is entitled to their fair share of things.
Since property is not split down the middle, there is a lot of room for disagreement about what is fair and who will get what property (or the proceeds from it).
Our St. Paul property division lawyers will work to identify all your marital assets—you will get to keep anything that was yours before you got married—and assign a value. We will also pinpoint any debts, like credit card bills or a mortgage, accrued during your marriage; these have to be divided up as well. We will bring in forensic accountants, appraisers, and other financial specialists to ensure every detail is covered.
Once your marital property is identified, including items like savings accounts, wages, pensions and retirement benefits, cars, art and jewelry, and business interests, our team will help you prioritize your wishlist and determine where you are most willing to compromise.
Minnesota appreciates the important role grandparents can play in a child’s life, which is why it encourages visitation for grandparents in many situations. This is particularly true in cases involving the death of one or both parents and domestic violence. Many of our St. Paul family law attorneys are grandparents and parents, so we are particularly passionate about helping our clients preserve these critical relationships.
Adoption can be a great way to grow a family and provide a home for a child in need. However, the adoption process can be quite complicated. Our St. Paul family lawyers have been helping adoptive families in Minnesota for more than 60 years.
We know the adoption process well and have helped families navigate adoption after the death of a parent and during stepchildren adoptions, agency adoptions, grandparent adoptions, and more. We are ready to take charge of your adoption plan so you can focus on the pending arrival of your new baby, child, or teen.
Signing a prenuptial agreement is not standard in every marriage, but it can be incredibly helpful when couples get a divorce. With a prenup, spouses can sidestep Minnesota’s property division requirements.
Essentially a private contract between soon-to-be spouses, a prenup dictates how pieces of property and assets will be handled in a divorce. According to Minnesota Statute 519.11, prenups can also be executed after a couple gets married, which are called postnuptial agreements. These can be particularly helpful when one spouse enters a marriage with a large estate or great wealth.
Our St. Paul family lawyers can help you put together a prenup or postnuptial agreement that is fair, legally binding, and most importantly, reflects your interests.
If you or your child has been the victim of domestic violence in St. Paul, Minnesota, you have the power to seek legal protection to keep you safe. You can leave an abusive relationship and file a restraining order to prevent any future acts of violence. Our attorneys can help you get a protective order, file for a divorce, and use the evidence of abuse to ensure your future and safety.
How Milavetz Law, P.A. Can Help You Navigate Your Family Law Dispute in St. Paul
You deserve to work with a family law attorney in St. Paul who will not only fight for you, but also genuinely care about your case. At Milavetz Law, P.A., we have spent more than six decades advocating for clients in all types of family law matters, from separation to divorce, custody battles, and beyond.
We genuinely care about our clients. To us, they are like family. Our hard work and dedication to our clients have gained us national recognition, top awards in the legal industry, and superior ratings and reviews from families we have helped.
Now that you are faced with one of the most difficult situations in your life, our St. Paul family lawyers are here to help you. Contact our St. Paul law office to learn more. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation and stand by to provide the guidance you deserve.
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275 East 4th Street, Suite 458
St. Paul, MN 55101