Divorce is difficult. It is perhaps the most difficult transition that a person will ever experience. People are forced to make complex decisions regarding their future at a time when they feel emotional and vulnerable. Navigating the divorce process requires an appreciation for family relationships, particularly when there are children involved, recognition of financial complexities, and an understanding of the laws and research that govern legal outcomes. Consequently, people going through a divorce often seek experienced legal counsel to advise them on these complex issues and to advocate on their behalf in negotiations and in the courtroom.
Matt Ludt, 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.
Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state. This means that in order to pursue a divorce, a person does not have to prove that their partner was adulterous, abusive or neglectful, only that there has been an irretrievable breakdown in the marital relationship.
Before a divorce can be granted, decisions regarding the various aspects of the marriage and the marital estate must be made. These decisions may include:
A decision must be reached by the parties, or decided by the court, as to who will have physical custody of minor children. Decisions must also be made for the non-custodial parent regarding parenting time for weekdays, weekends, holidays and summer time. These decisions need to serve the best interests of the children and must take into account the realities of both parents, including any mental health, chemical dependency, and domestic abuse concerns.
The important decisions of children’s lives, including medical care, religious upbringing, and schooling, typically need to be made by both parties. In some cases, the parties or the court decide to award this decision-making authority to just one parent.
accounts for the costs of the everyday living needs of the children, including medical insurance support and childcare costs. Further decisions need to be made about how to divide uninsured expenses such as co-pays and braces.
Decisions need to be made regarding the award of financial assistance, popularly referred to as “alimony,” from one party to the other, especially when one spouse may not have worked outside the home during the marriage and is not in a position to be immediately self-supporting.
If you need legal representation in a divorce, contact Matt Ludt at Atticus Family Law, in Stillwater, Minnesota. We are committed to helping you develop a plan that values your priorities as well as protecting your interests in negotiations and in court.
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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