Divorce

Divorce

Divorce.  The word can unearth a variety of emotions in different people.  For some, it may be scary, sad, or intimidating.  For others, it may bring relief or a sense of finality.  Divorce always carries a degree of uncertainty.  For some people, that uncertainty arises from concerns about finding happiness as a single person, starting a new career, or going back to school. For others, there is a question of how to continue to live as a family, now that the parents no longer live in the same house.  For everyone involved, divorce marks the end of one chapter of life and the beginning of a new one.  At Toepfer at Law, we try our best to help our clients navigate their sea of emotion so they can discover what they really want--and need--out of a marital dissolution.  

The Beginning

If you are contemplating a divorce, or have recently been served with papers, the odds are good that you have a lot of questions.  At your initial consultation, we'll take some time to get to know you and your situation. We will also take the time to explain the process--both from a legal and practical standpoint--so you can have the clearest possible idea of what to expect going forward.  We will talk you through the divorce filing process (if applicable), information gathering, how often you can expect to appear in court (if at all), what court appearances will be like, and about alternative dispute resolution options.  If you choose to have Toepfer at Law represent you, you can expect frequent communication regarding your case and guidance throughout the entire process.

Note that if you have been served with divorce papers, you have a short window of time in which to protect your interests.  Do not hesitate to seek legal help at this point.  We recognize that being served can be an intimidating and scary process, and that the complaint itself can be a very frightening document.  We will explain in plain English exactly what the language in the complaint means, and what your choices are.

Getting to Yes

Toepfer at Law recognizes that a divorce has no winning or losing side; we specialize in achieving reasonable and amicable agreements between parties to a divorce.  The fact is, the vast majority (reportedly about 95%) of divorce cases will end in settlement sometime before trial.  The process most commonly involves heavy negotiation and both sides working together to achieve an acceptable resolution.  Anthony Toepfer is a skilled negotiator, and is adept at recognizing others' interests and needs--even when not outwardly stated--and shaping offers to appeal to the interests of the other side, while protecting his client's interests.  He is experienced in both mediation and arbitration, and will work closely with you and the opposing party to ensure a fair result.

In the unlikely event an agreement cannot be reached through mediation, Mr. Toepfer is prepared to represent you through trial proceedings.

Now What?

Whether an agreement is reached through negotiation or mediation, or decision is reached through trial, Toepfer at Law will walk you through the post-divorce logistics.  Cases may involve real property, personal property, child custody and support, debt and asset allocation, and other real-world factors to be considered after the legal process is completed. We can help you with changing title to homes and vehicles, setting appropriate parenting time schedules, and adjusting existing estate plans to reflect your new reality.  

In the end, every divorce, and every client's situation, is unique.  Toepfer at Law will apply their knowledge of the law and the process to help you achieve a desirable outcome and to start that new chapter of your life on a positive note.  Call (320) 497-4416 or e-mail anthony.toepfer@atonyatlaw.com today to schedule your consultation.

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Attorney Anthony (Tony) Toepfer began his legal career in the area of business and technology law. While successful in that field, he felt there was something missing. He turned down opportunities, because, as he says, “I wanted to see the face…

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