At Maxim Smith, we help individuals resolve their most complex general family law disputes. Located in St. Paul, our firm represents individuals and families in the Twin Cities metro area and the surrounding suburbs. International family lawyer St.paul MN also serve clients throughout the United States and around the world.
Lawyer Allison Maxim: Providing Experienced, Effective Family Law Representation
When family disputes rise to the level where legal intervention is necessary, it is important to hire an experienced, knowledgeable divorce attorney to protect your interests and your family.
Attorney Allison Maxim has both legal and practical knowledge and understanding of family law. In addition to being a lawyer, Ms. Maxim also holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology. This experience is important to the way we build legal strategies. We consider the impact interpersonal relationships and family structure have on the entire family unit. Based on this information, we build legal solutions that not only resolve our client’s legal issues but also provide the framework for a healthier, happier future.
At family law attorney St.paul MN – Maxim Smith, we care about our clients and their families. Together, we will resolve your family law dispute, preserve your parental rights and protect the best interests of your children.
Divorce and Family Law
- How are assets and liabilities divided in a divorce?
- How does our debt get divided in the property settlement?
- Must I include a mutual fund I acquired before we got married as part of the property settlement?
- In what situations might I have to pay spousal maintenance?
- What can I do if my spouse doesn’t pay the spousal maintenance provided for in the divorce decree?
- Can the original decree be changed if my ex has been given a big promotion?
- How is child support calculated?
- Are there rules about how I must use (or spend) child support payments?
- What can I do if my spouse doesn’t pay the child support provided for in the divorce decree?
- What is legal custody?
- What is physical custody?
- How does the fact that my spouse is an alcoholic factor into custody and support issues?
- My ex has anger management issues. I’m afraid the kids might get hurt with my ex. What can I do?
- How can my spouse’s postings on social media be used in custody decisions?
- Can I modify our original child support order to compel my ex to help pay for our daughter’s braces?
- Is there a way to change the parenting time in our divorce decree so I can see my kids more often?
- What is a parenting plan?
Looking for a Simple Solution? Consider Friendly Divorce.
For several years Allison Maxim has been assisting clients who want to amicably divorce by preparing the documents that incorporate their agreement and guiding them through the court process to finalize their divorce. No fuss. No fights. Allison developed Friendly Divorce to make an amicable uncoupling streamlined and accessible. Learn more about Friendly Divorce >
Dakota County Divorce Attorney Representing Clients Throughout The Twin Cities
At Maxim Smith, we help individuals rebuild their lives after divorce.
When two people decide to divorce, one life must be divided into two. During that process many important decisions regarding property division, child custody and spousal and child support must be made. These decisions have a great impact not only on parent-child relationships and family structure, but also on each spouse’s financial health for years to come.
During a divorce, marital assets and debts must be divided. At Maxim Smith, we understand that important and lasting financial implications can result from dividing assets and dividing debt. When high net worth assets are involved, property division decisions become even more important. At Maxim Smith, we thoroughly evaluate all of our clients’ assets, and their spouses’ assets, to ensure that property is fairly divided.
We also help individuals modify their child custody and support orders to better reflect the realities of current living and financial situations. Sometimes trial courts will make mistakes in dividing property or determining support.Ms. Maxim has experience representing clients in the Minnesota Court of Appeals on these matters.
Domestic violence and abuse impact many Minnesota families. There is help. At Maxim Smith, attorney Allison Maxim assists clients in obtaining or defending against Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders with the goal of assisting clients in protecting themselves, their interests, and their children and preventing additional abuse or allegations of abuse from occurring in the future. Learn more >
Family law cases are emotionally trying and legally complicated. When you’re dealing with a divorce or child custody case, it is important to hire an experienced, knowledgeable divorce attorney to protect your interests and your family. You deserve to feel supported by a professional who knows what you’re going through and how to overcome it.
You do have the power to determine how your children are parented even after your divorce, but you must reach an agreement with your ex first. If you choose to pursue a Friendly Divorce or a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse can come to an agreement about how to co-parent your children. You will then present that agreement to the court and it will be made official. If you aren’t able to reach an agreement with your spouse, a judge will decide your custody arrangement. Generally Minnesota judges will try to give both parents adequate time with their children each week.
You should look for an attorney who is experienced in cases like yours. If you are going through a high asset divorce, for example, look for an attorney who focuses on that kind of divorce. If you want a quick and easy no contest divorce, look for attorneys who offer Friendly Divorce. You can also consider reviews from past clients and colleagues. Finally, schedule a free consultation to get a feel for the attorney’s personality and professional approach.
Child support is determined based on several factors. It depends on both parents’ income and the needs of the child, and it’s calculated based on the percentage of time the child is with both parents. It’s not possible to know how much child support you will receive, if any, without having the details of your particular situation. If you’d like a rough estimate of the child support you may receive each month, consult our family law attorneys in St. Paul.
Our highly-skilled attorneys and paralegals have years of experience handling even the most difficult family law cases in Minnesota. We’ll treat you with the utmost respect while creating an action plan that will work for you and their family. In addition, our holistic approach to family law means we’ll remain empathetic throughout the process, even when your family law case brings up difficult emotions.
A divorce attorney will help during every step of your divorce. If you want a Friendly Divorce, we’ll fill out and file all the paperwork so you can be sure it’s done right. If you’ve chosen collaborative divorce, we’ll verify that any agreement you reach with your ex is fair and benefits you long term. And for those cases where the divorce makes it all the way to court, we’ll serve as your advocate before the judge.
First, you should bring a list of questions you have for the attorney about what sets them apart and how they can help you. It’s also a good idea to bring financial documents that give the attorney a better idea of how your divorce may shake out. You should also plan to bring legal paperwork, including your social security card, your child’s birth certificate, documents from prior legal proceedings, your prenuptial agreement, etc.
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