Located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, attorneys Randall A. Smith and Amber C. Bretl of Lake Harriet Law Office provide exceptional legal representation exclusively in the areas of Divorce and Family Law.
We represent clients across the Twin Cities in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Parenting Time (Visitation), Property and Asset Division, Spousal Maintenance (Alimony), Complex Family Law Cases and Family Law Appeals.
In Divorce cases, financial expertise is essential, including the ability to properly value Assets as of the valuation date (such as Retirement Accounts, Brokerage Accounts, Real Estate, Pensions, Stocks and Businesses), to accurately identify and trace Non-Marital Property (when applicable) and to prepare a precise Balance Sheet identifying the parties Assets and Debts.
Minnesota law requires an "equitable division" of assets (and the same applies to debts). The division is quite often something other than 50:50, and there is no statutory requirement that the division be precisely equal (although in many cases the parties stipulate to a division that is roughly equal). A spouse is not necessarily guaranteed to "half" of the marital estate.
In some Divorce cases, it is beneficial to work with an expert such as a CPA, ASA, Actuary or Neutral Real Estate Appraiser in order to provide valuations of various assets, such as a 401k, 403b or other Qualified Plan, IRA, Brokerage Account, Pension, Business or Real Estate.
In contested cases involving Child Custody or Parenting Time, a Custody Evaluation may be conducted to determine what is in the best interests of the minor child or children; the use of a Therapist, Social Worker, Psychologist or related professional is common in High Conflict cases.
We also provide Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options for Family Law clients including Family Mediation, Social Early Neutral Evaluations and Financial Early Neutral Evaluations.
Lake Harriet Law Office represents Divorce and Family Law clients in Minneapolis, Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie, Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Plymouth, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Scott County, Washington County and Wright County.