Minnesota is a "no-fault" divorce state, and has been since the mid 1970's. Typical issues involved in a divorce include custody, child support, property division and spousal maintenance. While some divorces come to conclusion following a trial, the vast majority of cases resolve outside of the courtroom.

The stakes are high in divorce cases. The stress of the proceeding is heightened by the fact that there are, with rare exception, no “do-overs” in family court.

Unnecessary errors can be made that may result in an unjust outcome – or put you at risk.

Here are the top ten mistakes I see litigants

Many divorce litigants are accused of “dissipating” marital assets by their spouse or opposing counsel. Quite often, however, that term is misapplied. Those who have “dissipated” assets stand to have a credit assigned to them for the value of lost property. If you’ve been accused of dissipating marital assets, we can help.

“Dissipation,” just like

The total fees and costs associated with a divorce in Minnesota can vary widely. Most reputable divorce attorneys charge hourly for their services. It logically follows that the longer the case, the more time the divorce lawyer must dedicate to the file – resulting in higher costs.

Still, we can offer guidance:

Divorce cases tend

We’re often asked how much it will cost to get divorced. The answer varies widely, as the time dedicated to your file correlates directly with the total expense. If your matter is resolved with little controversy, it will cost less (a lot less) than a divorce requiring a trial.

Here are a few tips help

Divorces can be complex and difficult to navigate. They can vary in length based on the judicial process parties decide to take. To begin a divorce proceeding, a Summons and a Petition for Dissolution must be properly served upon the opposing party. What happens after the initial pleadings are served and filed with the court?

Engagement rings and wedding bands can be very sentimental and valuable items. It is estimated that most couples spend around $6,000 on an engagement ring. The question arises if the parties split-up: who gets the rings?

Engagement Ring

In Minnesota, an engagement ring is considered to be a “conditional” gift. This means the gift is

Depending on value and equity, the marital homestead is generally one of the largest assets to divide between parties in a Minnesota divorce. Amicable parties may consider selling their home before they are divorced. In general, when selling a joint home, the sale proceeds are divided. The mortgage will be paid-off, real estate or closing