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Amber C. Bretl joins Lake Harriet Law Office as Associate Attorney

Amber C. Bretl joined Lake Harriet Law Office as Associate Attorney in November of 2014.  Ms. Bretl earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  She is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association and is a Qualified Family Law Mediator under Minnesota Rule 114.  Amber represents clients in Family Law matters including Divorce, Chi… Read More
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Attorney Amber C. Bretl Joins Lake Harriet Law Office

Amber C. Bretl joined Lake Harriet Law Office as Associate Attorney in November of 2014.  Ms. Bretl earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  She is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association and is a Qualified Family Law Mediator under Minnesota Rule 114. Amber represents clients exclusively i… Read More
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Top Minnesota Divorce Issues - Spousal Maintenance, Cash Flow and Vocational Assessments

In Minnesota Family Law cases, an award of Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) is based upon need. Contrary to what some lawyers might profess, equalizing "cash flow" or available income is not required by Minnesota Statue 518.552. Court in Minnesota have judicial discretion in awarding spousal maintenance, and the decision whether to award spousal maintenance is permissive. Read More
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Top Minnesota Divorce Questions - What is the Initial Case Management Conference (ICMC)?

In Minnesota Divorce cases, the Initial Case Management Conference (ICMC) is typically the first court appearance with a Judge or Referee.  The ICMC is an informal hearing that generally takes place within 30 days of the case filing. The ICMC provides the parties with an opportunity to discuss important topics such as whether a Social and/or Financial Early Neutral Evaluation process would be app… Read More
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Top Minnesota Divorce Issues - How are Assets and Debts Divided During A Divorce?

In Minnesota Divorce cases, the division of Assets and Debts does not need to be mathematically equal, and you are not entitled, under Minnesota law, to “half of your half.”  Minnesota Statute 518.58, subd. 1, states that the District Court is required to make a “just and equitable” division of assets (the same rule applies to the division of marital debts).  See also Lyn… Read More
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Top Questions In Minnesota Divorce - Property Division

In Minnesota Divorce cases, the division of assets and debts is a process that requires financial expertise and attention to detail; the division of assets does not need to be mathematically equal, and you are not necessarily entitled, under Minnesota law, to one-half of the marital assets.  In many Divorce cases, the parties agree to divide the property and assets equally; however, the division… Read More
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Top Issues - Minnesota Divorce and Spousal Maintenance

Spousal Maintenance (also referred to as “Alimony”) is an area that is frequently misunderstood, and is often litigated.  Equalizing “cash flow” or available income is not required by Minnesota Statue 518.552, as an award of Spousal Maintenance is based on need.   Spousal Maintenance, unlike Child Support, does not provide the parties with a basic formula – or calcu… Read More
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Minnesota Divorce - Top Questions Regarding Asset and Property Division

The division of assets, property and debts during a Minnesota Divorce is a process that requires financial acumen and precise attention to detail. The division does not need to be mathematically equal, only equitable.  Frequently, the parties agree to divide the assets on the balance sheet in a manner that is approximately “equal.”  The use of a CPA, ASA, CDFA,  Actuary or Neutral… Read More
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Minnesota Divorce and Property Division

During a Minnesota Divorce case, the division of assets, property and debts requires financial acumen and attention to detail.  The division of assets during a Divorce does not need to be mathematically equal, only equitable.  In many cases, the parties agree to divide the assets on the balance sheet in a manner that is roughly equal.    When interviewing and choosing a Divorce lawyer, you sho… Read More
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Minnesota Divorce and the Division Of Property - What Are You Entitled To?

During a Minnesota Divorce case, parties frequently have issues regarding the division (and proper valuation) of property and assets.  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 requirement that the division be precisely equal.  In many cases, the parties simply ag… Read More
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