Minnesota Same Sex Divorce Attorneys
Since the state of Minnesota began recognizing and issuing marriage licenses for same sex marriage in 2013, Julius and Shaughnessy has been assisting same sex couples throughout the divorce process. We support all walks of life, and believe that everyone deserves the best opportunity at achieving their goals through divorce. Our Prior Lake, Minnesota same sex divorce attorneys are highly skilled negotiators and trial lawyers, and we will fight for you no matter what route we need to take.
Minnesota is a “no-fault” state, which means that neither party has to prove reason for divorce. Just citing irreconcilable differences as your cause is is enough for the courts. We know that divorce is a highly emotional event, so here at Julius and Shaughnessy we strive to make the process as successful and straightforward as it possibly can be. Our goal is to learn your needs and goals, which allows us to devise strong case strategy that is unique to your specific end-goals.
A Trial May Not be Necessary
There are a few routes to take when it comes to same sex divorce in Minnesota, and at Julius and Shaughnessy, we want you to have total understanding of how the divorce process works. In Minnesota, legal separation prior to officially filing for divorce is not required. The state does require a “financial early neutral evaluation” (FENE) of the entire marital estate for every impending divorce, as well as the requirement of a “social early neutral evaluation” (SENE) provided there are children involved. The outcomes of these evaluations are not concrete, but they absolutely can be considered in the court. Additionally, mediation is always required in any contested divorces.
Mediation and third-party evaluations can provide a strong opportunity to resolve your divorce case without the necessity of a trial. These allow families to reach agreements without the additional stress of a trial–which is essentially leaving the fate of you, your children and your assets to strangers. Typically, family law judges prefer to finalize agreements that have been drafted by the parties involved, rather than make a ruling in a case with only little bits of information on the family involved.
At Julius and Shaughnessy, we are committed to representing you throughout every legal step in your same sex divorce, and our attorneys will help ensure the protection of your rights in all matters.