Family Matters

Family Law Attorneys

Marriage dissolution, paternity actions, custody modification, child support issues, even adoption can take their toll on parties. The Family Law attorneys at Melchert Hubert Sjodin understand what a difficult time this is in your life and will help you manage the emotional and financial stress and work toward positive results.

We assist our clients in what can sometimes be a frustrating communication and negotiation process, seeking to avoid what could otherwise be a drawn out and difficult experience for your family. Our goal is to zealously represent you to achieve the best outcome for you and what is in the best interests of the children.

We help our clients with all family legal issues that may arise, such as:

  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Prenuptial / Antenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Same Sex Marriage
  • Divorce
    • Legal separation
    • Annulment of marriage (civil)
    • Marriage dissolution
    • Marital property division; complex financial issues and asset valuation
    • Spousal maintenance (alimony)
  • Child Support
    • Child support establishment
    • Child support modifications
    • Child support enforcement
  • Child Custody
    • Custody determinations
    • Third-party custody
    • Custody modifications
    • Relocation of a child with an out of state parent
  • Visitation
    • Parenting access
    • Parenting time establishment
    • Parenting time modifications
    • Grandparent visitation
    • Other third-party visitation
  • Domestic Abuse
    • Orders for Protection (OFP)
    • Harassment Restraining Orders (HRO)
  • Estate Planning Changes
  • Post Dissolution Services
  • Enforcement of Existing Orders
    • Contempt of Court
    • Order to Show Cause
  • Juvenile Court (CHIPS) cases
  • Termination of Parental Rights (TPR)
  • Paternity actions
  • Step-Parent Adoption
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

The end of an intimate relationship, with or without children, can be emotionally and financially overwhelming.  Even if the other side seems to speak a different language, or if your goals feel out of reach, our team provides constructive guidance on the legal options that fit your situation. We will  explain the pros and cons in each phase of your case to help you make informed, logical decisions that will help you move on to the next stage of your life. Our goal is to help you achieve a fair and expeditious resolution.

We have decades of experience with family law issues. In an emotionally intense time, you can count on us to be diligent with the details, to bring calm and balance, and to serve as your ally as you create a new future. To discuss your personal situation and your rights, contact a Melchert Hubert Sjodin Family Law attorney at 952-442-7700.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Family Law attorneys will be able to answer all of your questions, such as:

      • What is the process for dissolution of marriage?
      • I was served with a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. What am I supposed to do?
      • Does it matter who files first?
      • Should I move out of our house or stay until the divorce is finalized?
      • Can I get temporary child support or spousal maintenance while my divorce is pending?
      • What is an ICMC?
      • What is an Early Neutral Evaluation?
      • My spouse says they are going to take everything and that I will never see my children. Can that happen?
      • A girl I know is pregnant and she says the baby is mine. What can I do?
      • What is the difference between legal and physical custody? Is joint custody something I can expect?
      • How is child support calculated?
      • What is spousal maintenance? Will I have to pay that to my spouse? Does spousal maintenance still apply today? If so, how does it work?
      • What are the benefits of mediation? Is mediation the same as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)?
      • When is the right time to move forward with a step parent adoption?
      • Can I modify my parenting time/child support/spousal maintenance?  How?

We have decades of experience with family law issues. In an emotionally intense time, you can count on us to be diligent with the details, to bring calm and balance, and to serve as your ally as you create a new future. To discuss your personal situation and your rights, contact a Melchert Hubert Sjodin Family Law attorney at 952-442-7700.