Legal Representation

Marriage Dissolution – Divorce – Separation

A marriage dissolution or divorce in Minnesota can consist of many complex issues, including, but not limited to, child custody, child support, property divisions and spousal maintenance. We possess the skills necessary to educate and counsel our clients regarding these issues, along with being a strong advocate throughout the divorce process. Further, we strive to gain an understanding of our clients’ cares and concerns, so that we may best protect the interests that are most important to them.

Post-Decree: Parenting Time, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance / Alimony

Sometimes changes need to be made to a parenting time schedule, a custody arrangement, child support or spousal maintenance after the divorce or paternity matter is final (post-decree). The key to post-divorce modifications is to show that a change of circumstances has occurred. We listen to and assess our clients’ needs and will advocate for their best interests. We understand the anxiety that comes with continuing family disputes and will work efficiently to meet our clients’ demands.

Third Party Custody or Parenting Time

Sometimes it is appropriate for custody or parenting time to be granted to someone other than a child’s parents. We have the experience to represent relatives or non-relatives who feel that this arrangement may be in the child’s best interests. We understand that this is an emotionally trying process for all involved. Through commitment and work, we are able to explore and evaluate a variety of options, which will lead to a parenting plan that is in the child’s best interests.

Paternity

A paternity proceeding establishes the legal relationship between a child and his/her biological father. Establishing paternity is important for the well-being of the child and also benefits the parents by structuring their future interactions concerning parenting and child support. Indeed, in Minnesota a father has no legal right to have access to the child until the adjudication of paternity and the establishment of custody and parenting time. We have considerable experience handling paternity cases, which can be initiated by a mother who desires her child to have a legal father, or a father attempting to establish a legal relationship with his child. We help our clients obtain an adjudication of paternity, in addition to helping construct appropriate child custody, parenting time, and financial support arrangements.

Neutral Services

Mediation

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which the parties discuss and negotiate the various issues attendant to their family law matter, with help from a neutral facilitator (the mediator). The mediator assists the parties by structuring the discussion process, and also by suggesting various settlement options for the parties’ consideration. At its best, mediation is a non-confrontational, non-adversarial process in which the parties maintain control over the outcome of their family law matter.

At Grandchamp & Guyette, we have the requisite training and experience to mediate your family law matter. If you have already chosen a mediator, we can help you prepare for mediation by identifying key issues, generating various settlement options, and by educating you as to the advantages and disadvantages of various settlement proposals. We can also attend mediation with you, if desired, to make sure your interests are effectively advocated.

Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) Social (SENE), and Financial (FENE)

The Minnesota Court website defines Early Neutral Evaluations as follows:

Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) strives to move families through court efficiently and inexpensively by working with them early on to reach agreements that will foster the best interests of their families. ENE helps parties focus on the critical issues they face in a confidential, non-confrontational, and settlement-oriented alternative dispute resolution program.

In ENE, parties and their attorneys attend an ENE session with experienced evaluator(s). Each side presents its view. The evaluator(s) discuss the case alone and then share their perspective on the merits of each position. Evaluator(s) identify the key issues and predict how the case is most likely to conclude. The parties are always able to confer with their attorneys and discuss settlement. Sometimes additional meetings are scheduled.

Issues related to custody or parenting time take part in Social ENE (SENE).  In those cases a two person male/female team of evaluators will work on the case. If the issues relate to financial issues, then a Financial ENE (FENE) with a single evaluator, is used. In either type of ENE, evaluators are highly experienced professionals who have also been formally trained to help resolve cases in the ENE program.

Over half of the cases settle during the first session and over three-fourths reach at least some agreement. Absent full resolution, the team advises the assigned judge about areas of agreement, additional needed services and how to focus future assistance on the most relevant issues.

Parenting Consulting

Parenting consulting is a service offered to parents who are experiencing difficulties co-parenting their children. With all the parties committed to working together, a positive relationship between the parents and their children can occur. By establishing a comfortable environment, founded on open communications, we are able to identify and help resolve the issues between the parents or issues between the parents and their child.

Divorce Coaching

Divorce Coaching

There is no reason you must just get through the divorce process. Rather than floundering through each step alone, a divorce coach will walk with you to efficiently manage your divorce, identify and achieve your goals, grow through this difficult season, and aim toward the future.