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The very prospect of divorce creates an array of daunting questions and emotions. Questions about finances, the childrens' future and how to divide assets accumulated over years of marriage require can be intimidating and make it difficult to take the first steps.

Lisa Amundson is an experienced and effective divorce lawyer who can help you understand how the law applies to your unique situation. I will work with you to develop a plan that addresses the priorities and needs of both you and your children. From your initial consultation through to finalizing the divorce, Lisa will work to preserve your best interests every step of the way.

Focusing on Results and Moving Forward

Even in an emotionally charged situation, it is crucial to have a lawyer who focuses on securing your future and takes a sound approach to legal decision-making. At Amundson Law Office LLC, we understand that going through a divorce is not easy. That is why we strive to advocate for your best interests in the legal proceedings so you can focus on establishing your new life. Our principle attorney, Lisa Amundson, will work with you to understand your situation, be available to answer any questions you may have, and keep you updated on the status of your case.

Getting Started - Your Free Consultation

Taking the first step is often the most difficult part of the entire divorce process. While there are hundreds of lawyers to choose from who will take your divorce case, knowing how to select the best fit for your situation can be challenging. That is why Amundson Law Office offers a free initial consultation to any new client who is facing a divorce or other family law issue. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions and see if you feel like our law office is a good fit for you. If you decide you would like to proceed, I will walk you through what to expect in terms of process, timeline, and how much you can expect to pay in legal fees.

Call today to take advantage of a free initial consultation with an experienced and effective divorce lawyer. I serve the entire Twin Cities metro from my offices in Minneapolis or bloomington, or at a convenient location in the Eagan, Burnsville or Apple Valley area for you.

The Divorce Process

When you are going through a divorce, it’s critical to be aware of where you are in the process and what is happening next. Our legal team aims to keep you informed at every step. Here is a brief overview of the divorce process and what to expect if you are facing a divorce. We have also included common questions which you can click on to display the answer.

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"Filing" for Divorce

The process starts when you send or receive the paperwork to petition the court for a divorce.

It’s never too early to contact an attorney to help you get prepared for the divorce process. Developing a plan to handle the financial issues and shared custody of any minor children takes time. While we can work with you at any point in the process, we do not suggest you file your own paperwork for divorce. There are several potential pitfalls that can affect the rest of the process if not done correctly.

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Temporary Custody / Support

Filing for temporary support and custody puts some structure in place while you are working through the divorce process.

Every situation is unique, but if one spouse does not have an income that spouse will typically be granted some temporary financial support. Custody is determined on a case by case basis where the best interest of the children is taken into consideration.

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Discovery Process

The discovery process allows both parties equal access to documentation for mortgages, retirement accounts and other key financial information.

It’s common for one spouse to handle all of the financial mattes in a household, which can leave the other spouse with little to no information or access to important financial documents like the home mortgage, credit card balances, retirement accounts and other bank information. It’s also common for your soon-to-be ex-spouse to avoid, delay or even deny you access to that important information. That is why there is a “discovery process” where we can make a formal request of any and all information needed to proceed in the process.

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Custody / Financial Issues

Custody and finances are typically the driver behind most disagreements. Attorney Lisa Amundson will protect your rights and pursue the best possible outcome for you and your family.

The Minnesota family law courts will favor an agreement where both parents are playing some role in the child’s life. While one parent may play a primary role in the children’s lives the other parent will be able to have visitation or shared custody in most cases. There are some cases involving substance abuse or physical violence where supervised visitation may be needed.

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Negotiations

Knowing when to keep fighting and when to settle on a good compromise takes experience and a solid understanding of the law.

It’s common for one spouse to handle all of the financial mattes in a household, which can leave the other spouse with little to no information or access to important financial documents like the home mortgage, credit card balances, retirement accounts and other bank information. It’s also common for your soon-to-be ex-spouse to avoid, delay or even deny you access to that important information. That is why there is a “discovery process” where we can make a formal request of any and all information needed to proceed in the process.

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Settlement / Trial

Once we have settled all major issues, we submit the agreement to the family law court for approval. If we are unable to reach a settlement, we initiate the trial process.

When you are working with an experienced attorney, many disagreements and issues can be resolved throughout the divorce process. If you can reach a settlement for custody and the major financial issues, it typically is a better outcome for both spouses than going to trial. Trial is expensive, takes a lot of time and typically gives the divorcing spouses less control over the outcome.

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