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Seasoned Family Law Attorney Protects Your Rights in Minnesota

Skilled legal aid for divorce, adoption, child custody, and child support in the Twin Cities

As an experienced attorney, I know that family law cases come in all shapes and sizes. At Joan Miller Law, I carefully review your situation as well as your goals for the future before helping you devise a carefully planned strategy. I seek to minimize the heartache you and your family experience by providing you with dependable legal advice. Throughout the southern metro area of Minneapolis–St. Paul, I am known for delivering empathetic counsel to clients in divorce, adoption, child custody, child support, and other family law issues.

Dedicated representation for divorce

Because Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state, you can’t file for divorce based on the alleged wrongdoing of your spouse. Instead, most divorcing spouses cite that irreconcilable differences have led to the breakdown of their marriage.

To meet the state’s residency requirement, you or your spouse must have lived in Minnesota for at least six months prior to filing. If you and your spouse want to take a nonconfrontational approach to dissolving your marriage, I can represent you in divorce mediation. Through mediation, you might be able to amicably resolve ancillary issues such as maintenance and equitable distribution. However, if you and your spouse are unable to reach a marital settlement through negotiations or mediation, I can fight on your behalf in court.

Passionate advocacy for child custody, support, and visitation

I can safeguard your parental rights as well as your children’s welfare in the following family law matters:

  • Child custody — When determining child custody, the court always does what is deemed in the child’s best interests. In most cases, where both parents are fit and engaged in their children’s lives, this means ordering some type of joint custody arrangement.
  • Visitation — A noncustodial parent typically has the right to spend time with his or her child. However, the court may suspend visitation or order supervised visitation if a parent has a history of abuse, criminal activity, or any other behavior that would be harmful to the child.
  • Child support — Child support is calculated based on many factors including the income of both parents, the number of children, the time each parent spends with the child, and the needs of the child.

Whether you need help settling a child custody dispute, creating a comprehensive parenting time schedule, or modifying a child support order, I can provide your family with considerate and skilled representation.

Knowledgeable advice on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

These days anyone can benefit from a sound prenuptial or postnuptial agreement — not just the super wealthy. I can help you draft a marital agreement that clearly designates which property is separate and which is to become part of the marital estate. Couples may create marital agreements prior to or after the date of their marriage. Depending on your unique circumstances, your agreement may contain provisions regarding the division of property, spousal maintenance, and/or other affairs.

Experienced assistance for Minnesota adoptions

Choosing to adopt is one of the most exciting decisions you can make for your family. I have extensive experience representing relatives, stepparents, and foster parents seeking to adopt. If you’re considering an interstate, international, agency, or private placement adoption, I am here to provide you with understanding guidance throughout each step of the process — from filing to welcoming the newest addition to your family with open arms.

Contact a compassionate family law attorney

Joan Miller Law helps Twin Cities families resolve divorce, child custody, visitation, child support, and adoption issues with care and consideration. Please call 952-467-8657 or contact my firm online to arrange a free initial consultation with me at my Shakopee office.