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Family law issues are among the most emotionally charged and stressful situations that you can go through in your lifetime. When dealing with a family law issue, it is easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed, especially if this is your first experience with the legal system. Family law is much more than a legal process—it has life-changing consequences for you and your family.

The attorneys at Knoll Leibel LLP understand this.  We are dedicated to helping you navigate the legal process and protect your rights, whether your family law issue involves divorce, property division, child support, domestic abuse, adoption, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, or all of the above.   Sometimes this means aggressively protecting your rights through trial. Sometimes this means helping you find a middle ground to minimize the conflict.  We will adapt our representation to meet your goals and get the best outcome for your family.

You do not have to go through a family law issue alone.  To schedule a consultation contact us today at 701-255-2010.

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Attorneys Dedicated To North Dakota Families

With over 40 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Knoll Leibel LLP have successfully represented the rights of many North Dakotans involved in family law matters, from complicated divorces involving farming and ranching interests to calculating child support involving mineral royalties, to presenting the division of property with both large and small businesses.

We are seasoned negotiators and trial lawyers who understand family law, and we will use that knowledge to help you with even the most difficult case—whether your individual case is resolved by a settlement agreement or the North Dakota Supreme Court.  An experienced family law attorney knows that compassion and commitment matter.  At Knoll Leibel LLP, we go the distance for our clients to achieve the best possible outcome specifically tailored to our client’s situation.

We know that many family law clients have a lot of worries and concerns about the future of their families and are unsure about how to proceed with their cases. From our very first consultation, we will do our best to make sure that you are informed, prepared, and comfortable with what to expect through the process.

Contact Knoll Leibel LLP, today at 701-255-2010 to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys. Let us help you put your mind at ease.

Legal Advocacy For Your Peace Of Mind

Family law covers a broad range of legal matters, which means that no two cases are ever exactly the same. No matter what kind of family law issue you may have, you need to know your options. At Knoll Leibel LLP, we assist clients with the following types of family law matters and more:

Divorces: Our experienced attorneys at Knoll Leibel LLP understand the emotional and financial impact that comes with a divorce. The divorce process can be intimidating without having a skilled and knowledgeable attorney by your side to assist in navigating the complex legal process of a divorce. When your financial and legal rights are at stake, our dedicated, reliable, and compassionate attorneys are ready to represent you. Here at Knoll Leibel LLP we strive to provide you with effective representation for even the most complicated divorce cases. We specialize in high-asset divorces and divorces with children.

Residential Responsibility (“Custody”):  Many family law disputes necessarily involve the care and custody of children. When it comes to your children, you want an attorney who understands the legal process, is compassionate to your specific situation and is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

In North Dakota, “custody” is referred to as residential responsibility, which means a parent’s responsibility to provide a home for the child. There are several options for parents when deciding on residential responsibility issues; all of which take the best interest of the children into account. The first option is for one parent to have more than 50% of the residential responsibility for the children. When a parent has more than fifty percent of the residential responsibility that parent is considered to have primary residential responsibility with the other parent having reasonable visitation under the specific circumstances of each case.

Another option for parents is to share equally in the residential responsibility of their children, which means that each parent has an equal amount of time (as close to 50/50 as possible) with their children. Finally, when there is more than one child at issue in the case, parents have the option of splitting residential responsibility; meaning that one parent has primary residential responsibility of one child while the other parent has primary residential responsibility of another child. When making these decisions, it is important to have an experienced attorney to guide you so that you can achieve an outcome that is in the best interests of your family.

Parental Rights and Duties: When children are involved, parents need to make a number of decisions pertaining to how to co-parent in the best interest of their children. In North Dakota, “decision-making responsibility” refers to each parent’s responsibility to make decisions concerning their children. This includes determining who is responsible for making day-to-day decisions for a child while in that parent’s care as well as major decisions that involve the approval of both parents.

Here at Knoll Leibel LLP, we assist our clients in making informed decisions regarding their children so that the divorce process is the least disruptive for the children as possible. We understand the emotional toll a divorce can have on children, and we strive to work with our clients to achieve reasonable solutions in the best interest of the children. In achieving this goal, we work with our clients to ensure that both parents are able to communicate with their children when they are not in their care. We also ensure that each parent is entitled to information regarding their children’s lives. This includes, but is not limited to, information about the health care, education, and extracurricular activities of their children.

Child Support and Spousal Support (Alimony): In North Dakota, both parents have a duty to support their children to the best of their ability. The court may order that one or both parents make child support payments in amounts that the court will determine pursuant to the child support guidelines. The attorneys and staff at Knoll Leibel LLP are well versed in the area of child support and are dedicated to assisting you in understanding the ins and outs of child support in North Dakota.

Under certain circumstances, a party may be entitled to an award of spousal support.  Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to the other during a divorce (temporary support) and/or for a period after the divorce is finalized (rehabilitative support).

The goal of temporary support is to ensure that neither spouse is financially destitute nor relying on public resources to get by while going through a divorce. Conversely, rehabilitative support is intended to help the supported spouse acquire an education, training, or work experience that will enable the spouse to become self-supporting after the divorce. On rare occasions, permanent spousal support may be ordered by the court in cases where a financially dependent spouse is unable to become self-supporting due to significant circumstances such as advanced age, lengthy absence from the job market, or physical or mental disability.

The attorneys at Knoll Leibel LLP are available to guide you in understanding spousal support in North Dakota. Please contact us for a consultation today.

Adoptions:  Knoll Leibel LLP, the attorneys enjoy assisting clients in adoptions, especially stepparent adoptions. Courtrooms can be unpleasant and contentious in some circumstances.  However, adoptions are emotional for all the right reasons. We would love to assist you through this amazing and life-changing legal process.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: A “Prenuptial Agreement” or “Premarital Agreement” is a contract between two people who plan to get married but would like to address specific marital rights and obligations prior to marrying. Here at Knoll Leibel LLP, we specifically tailor the Prenuptial Agreement to meet the needs of our clients prior to marriage in order to minimize potential legal issues and costs that may result at the end of a marriage.

Prenuptial Agreements can cover a wide variety of topics, but most commonly prenuptial agreements address the distribution of assets and debts, financial or educational support, retirement, and inheritance in the event of a divorce. Prenuptial Agreements can be especially helpful for people bringing significant wealth or assets into a marriage or for those who have been previously married and have children born to them in the prior marriage.

Postnuptial Agreements are similar to Prenuptial Agreements in that they commonly deal with the same issues such as the distribution of assets and debts of the parties.  The main difference is that a Postnuptial Agreement is executed after the parties are married. Postnuptial Agreement can be an effective tool to promote harmony during a marriage.

If you believe that a Pre or Postnuptial Agreement would be beneficial to you, please call Knoll Leibel LLP for a consultation at 701-255-2010.

Legal name changes: Local laws allow people to change their name for any reason, with a few exceptions. If you need help with a name change, contact Knoll Leibel LLP today to speak with our skilled family law attorneys.

If you have a family law matter that needs to be addressed, contact the attorneys at Knoll Leibel LLP, to discuss your situation and get your legal advice from a reputable, knowledgeable and skilled attorney. No matter what area of family law you are seeking help with, our family law attorneys can help you.

Managing family law issues on your own can be overwhelming, complicated, and messy – it may very well be one of the most difficult things you have ever had to go through. But here’s the good news: You do not have to go through it alone, and you do not have to feel powerless. Take control over your future and ensure your peace of mind by allowing a legal professional to guide you through this challenging process.

We Care About You And Your Loved Ones

At Knoll Leibel LLP, we care about our clients. Ours is a trusted Bismarck law firm ready to protect you and your rights so that you can focus on your new future. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys. Call 701-255-2010 or fill out our online form.