Compassionate Divorce Guidance, Expertly Delivered

Guiding You Through The Complexities Of Divorce With Compassion And Legal Excellence

The family law attorneys at Bowden Cyr, PLLC, assist clients in all aspects of divorce with the goal of helping clients peaceably resolve potentially contentious issues. Our experience includes representing high net worth clients in complex mediation and litigation proceedings involving significant assets.

Providing Families With Innovative Divorce Solutions

The matters involved in divorce and family law are often difficult and life-altering. The St. Paul family law attorneys at Bowden Cyr, PLLC, understand this and provide aggressive representation that is solution-oriented without the unnecessary escalation of conflict. Whether we employ the use of litigation, mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution, our attention is always focused first and foremost on the needs of our clients. We resolve and finalize all legal matters in a mindful manner representative of our integrity and compassion.

We represent clients in all aspects of family law, including:

  • Divorce: Our firm offers our full support as we guide you through the entire divorce process. We ensure that our clients’ interests are always protected. No matter the situation, we will listen closely to your questions and worries. You can rest assured in making wise decisions for your family and your future.
  • Child custody: The most complex issues in any divorce are easily child custody and parenting time. We help parents create custody arrangements and parenting time schedules that suit their children’s best interests and fit the family’s dynamic and goals.
  • Child support: In Minnesota, both parents’ incomes are considered when courts determine child support amounts. We represent parents seeking to obtain a maximum child support award, as well as parents seeking to minimize the amount of child support they are ordered to pay.
  • Spousal maintenance: In determining whether either spouse will be required to pay spousal support (alimony) during or after divorce, courts look at factors such as income disparity and the length of the marriage. We help our clients reach fair and appropriate spousal maintenance arrangements.
  • Property division: Minnesota is an equitable distribution state, which means marital property is to be divided equitably, but not necessarily equally, upon divorce. Courts will look at many factors to determine what is equitable in a given situation.
  • Paternity: Establishing paternity gives a father certain rights and responsibilities in regard to his child, and also enables a child to receive benefits or inheritance from his or her father. We can help clients assert or challenge paternity depending on their needs.

Divorce FAQ For Minnesota Families

If you are facing divorce or have another legal concern involving your family, you likely have many questions during this difficult time. Here, we address some common concerns people have when they come to our office.

What Happens When I Hire You As My Lawyer?

Once you hire an attorney, the attorney can file documents on your behalf and serve the other party with legal documents your legal documents. When you hire us, the steps we take for you will vary depending on the details of your circumstances. After we speak with you in an initial consultation, we can determine which strategies are right for you. Please see our family law overview for more information about our services and approach to divorce representation.

How Long Does A Divorce Take?

There is no easy answer to this query. Generally, from the time a divorce matter is filed with the Court, it may take 12 to 18 months to resolve depending on the number of contested issues and complexities in the case.  A divorce may resolve much sooner where the parties are able to reach agreement on the issues.  In those cases, the divorce can be concluded in a few months.  At Bowden Cyr, PLLC, our attorneys strive to efficiently secure optimal results for our clients.

How Is Child Support Determined In Minnesota?

In Minnesota, the incomes of both parents and the parenting time schedule are considered in determining guideline child support. The court, however, has discretion in issuing a child support order that is more or less than the indicated guideline amount depending on the circumstances of the case.

How Does The State Determine Parenting Time?

If parents can agree on a parenting schedule, the court is likely to accept the parents’ agreement; however, if parents cannot reach a compromise on parenting time, then the court will determine a parenting schedule that it finds is in the best interests of the child following a trial on the issue.

Speak With Our Knowledgeable Attorneys To Learn More

If you have questions about divorce, child custody, spousal maintenance or another family law matter, call 651-288-2844 or please contact us online. We offer a free initial consultation at our Woodbury office to discuss your concerns and determine how we may help you.

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