Consult a Divorce Lawyer

Do I need to consult with a divorce attorney?

It’s vital to consult with a divorce attorney before pursuing a divorce. Divorce is one of the most life-altering moments in life for those who experience it. Failing to be prepared means losing an opportunity to fairly and equitably divide assets and debts and to determine a parent’s legal rights involving child custody and parenting time. Most attorneys charge a consultation fee for a 30- to 60-minute appointment. It’s a wise investment in the short term as well as the long term.

Can I sign a divorce agreement without a lawyer?

Absolutely. There’s no law requiring attorney representation and consultation. Minnesota law requires a judge to enforce a divorce agreement signed by both spouses. That makes sense. What good is an agreement if it’s not enforced. But agreements that are unclear, that misstate the parties’ intentions or that fail to consider issues also are enforced by judges. Having a divorce attorney during negotiations or mediation eliminates these errors, which can cause expensive and time-consuming follow-up litigation.

Does it matter who files for divorce first?

No. Minnesota law does not favor the party that started the divorce over the party served with divorce paperwork. Both spouses are treated equally and have identical legal rights in a divorce.

How can a family attorney help me?

A family law attorney helps in lots of ways. First, we explain Minnesota divorce law and how it applies to our client. That helps the client draft a strategy for best outcomes. Second, we advocate for the client with the judge and the opposing attorney, if there is one. Third, we prepare our client for the steps leading to divorce, including mediation and trial. Finally, we listen to our client’s wishes and needs so we can emphasize them during the divorce.

If you would like to consult with Jessica Sterle about divorce, please schedule an initial consultation appointment online and complete the Consultation Intake Form.

Where does family attorney, Jessica Practice?

Jessica helps people on the Iron Range and in the Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, Cloquet, and surrounding communities.