Howard Family Law, LLC represents residents of Burnsville in family law cases involving divorce, child custody/support, parenting time, spousal maintenance, property division and more. At Howard Family Law, LLC, your family is our one and only priority.

Divorce

Divorce is the process of dissolving a marriage. It often encompasses a wide variety of legal disputes including, but not limited to, custody, parenting time, property division and spousal maintenance. If you are currently considering filing for divorce, call the committed attorneys at Howard Family Law, LLC today.

Child Custody

Child custody is one of the most contentious areas of family law. Custody disputes can arise in both divorce cases and paternity cases, and often engender great anxiety, confusion and tension among parents. It is important that you understand the rights and responsibilities that come with different custody labels in order to make informed decisions about what, if anything, to contest, and whether you can negotiate amicable custody resolutions.

Child Support

Prior to January, 2007, Minnesota calculated child support based on the non-custodial parent’s net income. Since January 2007, Minnesota has been utilizing what is called an income-shares model for calculating child support, in which both parents’ gross incomes are included in the calculation of child support. Call Howard Family Law, LLC to learn more.

Parenting Time

Parenting time is a schedule by which a non-custodial parent is given time to spend with his or her children. The Minnesota court system has moved away from calling it “visitation” due to the terminology’s negative connotation — i.e. no parent wants to have “visitation time” with their children. It is important to understand that the focus of any custody dispute should ultimately focus on a schedule that works best for all involved.

Paternity

Paternity actions can be necessary in cases of unmarried parents wherein the birth father has signed neither the birth certificate nor a Recognition of Parentage. Paternity actions may need to be pursued by unmarried birth fathers in order to establish custody and/or parenting time rights. Keep in mind that paternity may also be necessary for unmarried mothers.

Spousal Maintenance

Determining whether you require spousal maintenance (also known as alimony) is often difficult and confusing. Indeed, there is simply no hard and fast rule for determining how much (and for how long) spousal maintenance should be paid. Your best bet is to speak with a compassionate family law attorney.

Post-Decree & Modification Issues

Cases involving post decrees and/or modifications are brought after an initial order has been determined by the court and one party wishes to alter the order in any way. Post-decree & modification issues can entail anything from modification of custody and parenting time, to modification of child support and/or spousal maintenance.

Adoption

Adoption cases are often the most pleasant type of family law cases to deal with because at the end of the day, everyone is thrilled. There are several different types of adoptions available: step-parent adoptions, domestic and international adoptions, adult adoptions, family-related adoptions and direct placement adoptions. Each type of adoption carries with it varying rules and procedures, so it is imperative that you seek out legal advice if or when you consider adopting a child.

Antenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

Antenuptial agreements (also known as prenuptial agreements) are contracts that parties enter into prior to getting married. These agreements establish certain provisions that each partner agrees to follow in the event of a future dissolution. Similarly, postnuptial agreements are agreements that married persons enter into during their marriage, setting forth certain agreements and provisions that they agree to follow in the event of a future dissolution.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse protective orders generally take the form of an Order for Protection. An Order for Protection can have a significant impact on child custody disputes, so it is imperative that both parties be educated on how their actions may affect the future of their family.

Property Division

In a dissolution action, assets and debts must be divided. Assets typically include real property, retirement assets, bank accounts, credit card debts and/or tangible personal property. Minnesota Courts allow for a “fair and equitable” division of marital assets and debts. Call Howard Family Law, LLC today to learn more.

Guardianships & Conservatorships

Guardianships and Conservatorships are necessary in cases wherein a person becomes unable to make decisions for themselves. Guardianships are related to the “person” and decisions related to the “body of a person” (i.e.: health care, residence and medications), whereas Conservatorships are related to the “property” of a person and decisions related to their finances and property (i.e.: ownership interests, income and asset preservation). These types of cases are typically used with elderly individuals who may be suffering from various debilitating ailments, though they are also employed in cases involving minors and/or individuals suffering from physical and/or mental disabilities.

Howard Family Law, LLC provides folks throughout Burnsville and Dakota County with effective, reliable divorce and family law services. Call (952) 224-9410 now to schedule your free consultation.