Helping Divorce Clients As A Compassionate Attorney
Divorce is very much a quality-of-life issue, and the decisions you make about ending your marriage can be the most profound life choices you will ever face. But there are many other issues to be decided along the way: What do we do with the kids? What do I do after divorce? Who gets the house? How do we split the property? Who pays the bills? I have been helping families with such issues throughout Minnesota for over 30 years.
Going to court is rarely a pleasant experience for anyone. In my years of practice, I have discovered that there are definitely things you can do to minimize the time, the anguish and, of course, the financial consequences of ending your marriage. Most divorces settle prior to trial, but starting the divorce process can be intimidating and overwhelming. You don’t have to go through it alone, however. Contact my Ramsey County office to see how I can help.
Property Division Is Important To Your Future
The division of the assets that you and your spouse worked together to acquire and maintain has a very direct effect on your standard of living after the divorce. It is critical that you have an experienced and knowledgeable guide to help you through the process. Minnesota is an equitable division state, meaning that the court will seek to divide assets in a way that is fair, which may not be a 50-50 split.
In general, a couple must decide how to split assets such as:
- The home
- Financial accounts and investments
- Personal property
- Retirement funds
In addition, you will have to divide the marital debts, which may include your mortgage, vehicle loans and credit card bills. This can also have a big impact on your future. The best way to understand how Minnesota’s divorce laws will affect your situation is to sit down with an experienced family law attorney.
Who Will Receive Spousal Maintenance?
Spousal maintenance (alimony) may be granted on a temporary or permanent basis. One party may receive temporary spousal maintenance while the divorce is in progress and/or for some time after that so they can acquire the means necessary to be able to support themselves. In longer marriages, support may be for a lengthy period of time or it may be permanent. Whether you are the party seeking or contesting spousal maintenance, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced lawyer who can protect your rights.
Don’t Wait – Call Today
It’s important to understand that the actions you take now can affect the rest of your life. As your attorney, I will help you make important legal and financial decisions for the best possible outcome. Knowledge, combined with the ability to understand you and your objectives, can help make the entire process a little easier. For quality divorce representation, call James D. Capra Inc. at 651-337-9613 for a free initial consultation.