Divorce is difficult. People are forced to make complex decisions regarding their future at a time when they feel that all they care for is vulnerable to being lost, including their children.
When it comes to custody, the question that jumps to mind is “Who Gets The Kids?” Because custody is difficult and explosive, people going through a divorce with children often seek experienced legal counsel to advise them on these complex issues and to advocate on their behalf in negotiations and in the courtroom.
Navigating the divorce process requires an appreciation for childhood development, parent-child relationships, recognition of financial complexities involved in single-parent households, and an understanding of the Minnesota laws and case decisions that govern custody outcomes.
The attorneys and staff of Atticus Family Law will help you identify your priorities, show you how they are related to one another, and develop an action plan. We operate with a ‘big picture’ perspective so that your overall plan takes into account what is best for you, your children, and your financial security, both during the divorce and in the long run. Family law is what we have chosen to do, to help clients like you through these important life transitions.
Before a divorce can be granted, several decisions must be made regarding various aspects of the marriage and the marital estate. These decisions may include:
If you need legal representation in a divorce, contact us at Atticus Family Law. We are committed to helping you develop a plan that values your priorities as well as protecting your interests in negotiations and in court.
In 2013, Atticus Family Law was hired to represent the husband/father in a Hennepin County divorce with children. Let’s call him Cameron*. The parties had been married for 13 years and had three wonderful children. Cameron was the owner of a small business that while successful, nevertheless required daily attention to keep its customers happy and to be able to provide for the family. His wife Ashley, on the other hand, was not employed full time, no longer interested in being married, and in many regards did not know what she wanted. While she had moved out of the home, the separation still had a lot in the balance.
Our client had a lot to juggle. As the only parent at home with them, Cameron had to care for the children and make sure that all their daily needs were being met while also needing to manage the business actively. He had to make their income go even further as his wife’s independent living expenses exceeded the money she earned.
There was consistent conflict trying to make joint decisions with Ashley as to when she would see the children, when she wouldn’t see the children, when she should be seeing the children, her financial needs; not knowing what she wanted, Ashley would oscillate between positions and contradict herself. Cameron tried earnestly to breathe new life into the marriage; ultimately, he called it. At that point, Cameron retained our services and we served her with divorce papers.
Ashley initially had retained an attorney who was productive. Then she stopped paying him, and all momentum was lost.
She then failed to show up for the initial hearing; it was rescheduled with the judge’s warning that her absence would result in a default divorce. While Ashley showed for the next hearing, there was more start and stop by her as her life was chaos. Ultimately, the court ordered a moderated settlement conference with a moderator who was a former judge. After a long day we were able to negotiate a global settlement. And because we used a binding agreement, Ashley could not back out of it if she continued to oscillate & change her mind!
We secured for Cameron sole physical custody of the children with an opportunity for Ashley to see the children if she was stable. The agreement provided limited support for her with a clear end date, and it swiftly addressed the division of property and debt so that the parties’ lives could be fully dissected.
I had the fortune of talking with Cameron recently. The kids are happy and well adjusted. They see their mom on occasion. Otherwise, the stress, anxiety, chaos, and friction that was their lives prior to and during the divorce has been over for years. These are the types of outcomes that we like to create.
If I was asked to rank Atticus Family Law on a 10 scale, I would give them an 11. Choosing to end my marriage was a difficult and personal decision, and Atticus made the process seamless from beginning
110% Recommend Matt and his team! They were all so great to work with and easy to get a hold of. Each one responded quickly and answered all my questions. Thank you for all your hard work Matt,
Best service in the Twin City area!
Atticus went greatly to bat for us. We were so impressed by their efforts and personal service--imagine that, attorneys who actually treat you like human beings! Most HIGHLY recommended.
After interviewing four different attorneys, I had no doubt that not only did I want Matt to represent me in court, but also to work with me through the divorce process. I require a little more time to
Mr. Ludt and his team at Atticus Family Law were very professional, extremely helpful and were always available to answer any questions I had.
Very helpful when I needed a lawyer to help me with my legal issues. Great job! Thank you.
Matt was very helpful in advising our family when our mother passed away without a Will. He explained the process and worked at our pace to get the estate settled. Now my father recently passed away up in
I hired Atticus Family Law after I could not get my case moving forward. This was the best decision I could have made. Once Alexandra Reynolds was put on my case, she worked consistently and aggressively on ensuring
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