Divorce, like any other major life change, is a difficult transition that requires careful thought and consideration. How you handle this transition will impact the future of you and your loved ones. With so many complex issues to worry about it can be difficult to remain focused on life. The thought of resolving the legal issues associated with a divorce, such as property division, spousal maintenance, child custody, parenting time, and child support, often leads to stressful uncertainty. At Arnold, Rodman & O’Keefe PA we understand the challenges you may be facing, and we seek to use our vast experience and resources to help you move forward with confidence.
Skilled, Knowledgeable, & Experienced Minneapolis Divorce Attorneys
The partners of the Minneapolis-based law firm Arnold, Rodman & O'Keefe PA are certified as Qualified Neutrals by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve as mediators and they encourage the use of a wide range of dispute resolution options including mediation, early neutral evaluations, and cooperative law to resolve cases in a cost-effective and client-focused manner. However, as experienced trial and appellate attorneys, the attorneys at Arnold & Rodman are also able to provide skilled advocacy if your case proceeds to trial or appeal.
Uncontested Divorce Vs. Contested Divorce in Minnesota
In Minneapolis and the surrounding Minnesota area divorce cases can be resolved by settlement at any time.
In uncontested divorce cases, where the parties are in agreement as to how to resolve the issues of property division, spousal maintenance, child custody, parenting time, and child support, the divorce action can be filed as a Joint Petition, which incorporates the initiating documents and settlement terms of the case easily through one document.
If the parties are not in agreement on how to resolve the issues in their divorce, there are many options to move towards resolution. Contested divorce cases may be resolved by using mediation, direct negotiation between parties and counsel, early neutral evaluations, and as a last resort, trial. The attorneys at Arnold, Rodman & O'Keefe PA can assist you in determining which dispute resolution method may be the best and most cost-effective option for your case.
In most cases, a divorce or dissolution of marriage action is commenced by personally serving a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The receiving party then has thirty (30) days to respond to the Summons and Petition with an Answer. If you are considering a Minnesota divorce or are already in the process, the divorce attorneys at Arnold, Rodman & O'Keefe PA can assist you in responding to or pursuing legal action today.