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Over 30 Years Helping Minnesota Families Through Divorce
If you are seeking a divorce, finding the legal support you need is often a frustrating experience. At my law firm, Susan Thurston, P.A., I work to understand my clients’ legal issues, explain the legal process and work through a successful resolution of their legal matters.
If you are looking for an attorney to work in partnership with you through your legal proceeding, I have the experience and compassion to listen to your goals and help ensure you and your family have a smooth path forward.
Comprehensive Legal Representation For All Family Law Needs
I can help Minnesota families and individuals with a range of legal matters, including:
- Marital property division: If you are getting divorced and are faced with the task of dividing your marital estate, an attorney’s knowledge regarding asset valuation and tax ramifications will become very valuable to you. I will help you negotiate the property division that is fair and equitable.
- Child support: The child support laws have been updated. Child support is determined through a formula that considers the gross income of each parent, the number of joint minor children and the parenting time schedule. If a parent has minor children from another relationship, those children, as well as other child support obligations, are also factored into the calculation. I can help you determine the amount of child support that should be paid under your particular financial circumstances.
- Custody and Parenting Time: Divorce impacts your children. A custodial and parenting time arrangement for your children should provide continuity and stability in their routine and should always focus on what is in their best interest. Children need both parents to continue to be involved in their lives. Creating a parenting time schedule that allows both parents to continue to participate in their lives and parent them in a meaningful way, will reduce the possible negative impact of the divorce.
- Spousal support, spousal maintenance and alimony: If you are unable to support yourself financially, you may qualify for an award of spousal maintenance. I carefully analyze the law along with my clients’ circumstances to determine whether or not an award of spousal maintenance is appropriate.
- Modifications of custody, parenting time, child support and spousal maintenance: A substantial change in circumstances may require modification of certain provisions contained within your divorce decree. Don’t hesitate to contact me to determine whether or not a modification of certain terms within your divorce decree is warranted.
Life Changes — So Should Your Court Orders
Life circumstances change and sometimes certain aspects of a divorce decree must change as well. A modification to an existing decree may be necessary due to a variety of reasons including the age of the child or employment changes. Retroactively reducing child support or spousal maintenance is not possible, so to avoid accruing support arrears, contact an attorney immediately if your situation changes.