Minneapolis Contested Divorce Lawyer

A divorce is a lawsuit, just like any other dispute in court. It can either be settled, or it can be litigated and ultimately resolved in a trial. The vast majority of all Minnesota divorce cases are settled without a trial.  While we strongly encourage the parties to cooperate and reach an amicable agreement, that is not always possible. In such cases, our family law attorneys will aggressively pursue the litigation on your behalf.

Preliminary Case Workup

At the outset, we must ask a lot of you.  We will need all of the information and documentation necessary for us to effectively represent you, including income information for both parties, bank statements, credit card statements, property documents and titles, and other information. All of our clients complete a thorough dissolution questionnaire. Once we have this information, we discuss your wishes and options and then draft the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, or an Answer and Counter-Petition in cases where you have already been served with a Petition.

Discovery and Temporary Matters

Once we have all of the information you are able to provide us, we demand a lot from the other side.  The parties to a lawsuit are required to provide relevant information to the other side upon request, and parties to a divorce have an affirmative duty to disclose all relevant information, particularly information regarding income and assets.  This process is called “discovery.” We will work hard to ensure that your spouse discloses all the information we need to protect your interests.

Meanwhile, there may be issues that cannot wait for settlement or trial.  When necessary, we will protect your interests while the case is pending by asking the court to order “temporary relief.” The court may issue a temporary order regarding custody, spousal maintenance (alimony), use and possession of the home, and many other issues that may need temporary resolution while the case is pending.

Contested Divorce Settlement in MN

Once all information has been exchanged, we will try to settle your case. We might enlist the aid of a mediator or just negotiate directly with opposing counsel. If we reach a settlement, our family law attorneys will prepare a “marital termination agreement,” which sets forth in detail all of the terms of the agreement, and then submit the agreement to the court for final approval. Sooner or later, the great majority of cases are resolved this way.

Preparing for Divorce Trial

Those few cases that aren’t settled go to trial. Trials are emotionally draining and very expensive—a single day in court costs several thousands dollars on each side.  Unfortunately, sometimes the parties can’t resolve their differences any other way.  If your case goes to trial, our family law attorneys will aggressively present your position and fight to ensure your rights are protected.

How We Can Help

If you are facing a divorce or need representation in any family matter, or even if youhave questions, contact our office to speak with one of our attorneys. We have the legal knowledge and experience to help you get through this difficult time and move forward with your life. Choose the Minnesota family law firm that always puts you first – contact Myles A. Schneider & Associates. Ltd. at 763-315-1100.  If you wish, you may dial our family law attorneys directly:

Twin Cities Divorce Lawyers and Family Law Attorney

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