Eden Prairie Divorce Attorneys

Located in the historic Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Lake Harriet Law Office provides exceptional legal representation exclusively in the areas of Divorce and Family Law.

Attorneys Randall A. Smith and Amber C. Bretl represent clients in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Parenting Time, Property Division, Spousal Maintenance (Alimony), Complex Cases and Family Law Appeals.

Each Divorce case is unique and the legal approach taken will vary depending on the facts of the case and the needs and interests of the client.  Financial issues such as property division, asset valuation, retirement account analysis and tax and financial planning are vital components of any Divorce case.

Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) and Divorce

Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) is based upon need.  Contrary to what some lawyers might state, equalizing cash flow (or available income) is not required by Minnesota Statue 518.552.  Judges in Minnesota have discretion in awarding spousal maintenance, and the decision whether to award spousal maintenance is permissive.  A vocational assessment of the spouse requesting spousal maintenance has become much more prominent as a result of the 2011 decision in Passolt v. Passolt.

We Represent Clients in Divorce

Lake Harriet Law Office represents clients in Minneapolis, Edina, Bloomington, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Eden Prairie, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, St. Paul, Wright County, Anoka County and Scott County.

Please call 612-750-4843, or complete the Contact Us form to schedule a consultation.

Attorney Randall A. Smith   612-750-4843

Attorney Amber C. Bretl      612-223-8925

From our Eden Prairie Minnesota Family Law Blog:

Hennepin County ENE Process in Divorce Cases

During Divorce and Family Law cases, there are two types of Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) processes that are used by Family Court.

Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) relates to child custody and parenting time.  SENE cases in Hennepin County are handled by a Court Services team consisting of one male and one female evaluator, both of whom have specialized training as a social worker, mental health professional or in another area that provides them with proper insight regarding the best interest standard used by the Court.

The second type of ENE process is Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE).  FENE cases are generally handled by one evaluator (either a lawyer or a CPA) who has a substantial understanding of financial issues involved in divorce and family law matters.  Hennepin County has a roster, that is usually updated on a yearly basis, that provides names of FENE evaluators for Hennepin County Divorce cases.