The best way to get clear and accurate answers to any questions you might have regarding your legal situation is to call our office. We will gladly make time to speak with you and help you to determine the best course of action in your case.
We have also provided a few answers to commonly asked questions here to give you a better idea of the services that we can provide.
Divorce & Family Law FAQ’s
How does a court decide what kind of settlement to order in a divorce?
There are many variables that a family law judge uses to determine what they consider to be a fair settlement in a divorce. Some of these variables may include the length of time that a couple has been together as well as their respective incomes. Generally, the longer that a couple has been married, the more evenly a judge will divide their assets between them. Contact our office to speak with a dedicated family law attorney for more information on what you might expect in a divorce settlement.
How can I make sure that my ex-spouse or ex-partner is held financially accountable for the costs associated with raising our child?
A knowledgeable Minnesota family law attorney can help you ensure that the respective financial situations of you and your spouse are accurately reflected in family court and assist you in obtaining a child support order that requires each parent to pay their due share of the cost of a child’s upbringing.
What is a parenting plan?
Parents are required to submit a parenting plan to the court to determine the time each will spend with a minor child and other visitation parameters. As Minnesota custody lawyers, we can help you submit the needed plan for parenting time.
If I share custody with my spouse, do we both pay child support?
Child Support is determined by calculating the gross monthly income of each parent and other expenses related to the child such as medical costs and childcare expenses. The amount of time each parent spends with the child is also a factor. These factors will determine the amount each parent will pay. Call us today to talk with an experienced child support lawyer.
Can I modify my existing custody orders?
A parenting plan can be modified as long as it reflects the best interests of the minor child. Major changes in a custody order however require you to show that the child’s environment is unsuitable or dangerous.
Criminal Defense FAQ’s
Do I need to hire a criminal defense lawyer if I have been arrested?
Although you can legally represent yourself at your arraignment and trial or allow a public defender to do so, you stand a much better chance of being found innocent or having your charges thrown out of court if you have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
What should I expect from a criminal defense attorney?
You should expect to be clearly informed about any charges that you are facing, possible defenses and the different avenues for resolving your case. You should also expect a thorough understanding of Minnesota law. At Vermeulen Law Offices, P.A., we have over 23 years of experience protecting the rights of those accused of a crime. We can help you.
What will happen to me if I am convicted?
The specific consequences of a conviction depend on many factors including the severity of the crime and your previous criminal history. However, jail sentences, expensive fines, mandatory community service, and being required to pay victims’ restitution are all common consequences of a conviction.
I’m only being charged with a misdemeanor. Shouldn’t I just plead guilty?
Even a misdemeanor charge can cause damage to your record. By taking a look at your alternatives with a qualified criminal defense lawyer and misdemeanor attorney, you may be able to reduce the charges or have them dismissed altogether, keeping your record clean.
What is a plea bargain?
A plea bargain involves the arrested individual pleading guilty to a lesser offense. This avoids a trial but still often brings with it jail time and expensive fines. Sometimes it makes sense to accept a plea bargain, but you should speak to a dedicated criminal defense lawyer before doing so.