Family Law

We Help With Adoption, Divorce, Custody, Paternity, And More

Steven H. Snyder & Associates handles family and divorce-related matters throughout Minnesota. A qualified St. Paul family lawyer is skilled at handling all aspects of a divorce, including issues that affect the rights of minor children and of both parents. We also have extensive experience drafting legal separation agreements and marital property agreements, and we are known statewide, nationally and internationally for our work with surrogacy, egg donation, embryo donation/adoption, infertility assistance and adoption proceedings.

We assist clients in all areas of family law, including:

  • Surrogacy. Surrogacy allows intended parents where the woman cannot carry a baby to term to have a child genetically related to one or both of them. When one or both of the parents is not genetically related to a child because of surrogacy or egg donation, our firm arranges for the non-related parent to adopt the child, if necessary.
  • Ovum (Egg) Donation. Egg donation allows a woman to carry and deliver her husband's child even when her body cannot produce ova.
  • Embryo Donation/Adoption. When it is not physically or economically possible for intended parents to create their own embryos, we assist with the legal donation of other parents' embryos to the intended parents for their own use.
  • Divorce. Divorce is not easy, but it is common. Close to 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Our divorce lawyers help you navigate the process as efficiently as possible.
  • Child Support. Either parent may be required to contribute to the support of his or her children. Support contributions are based on the income of both parents, the number of children in the household, the amount of parenting time and other considerations. We make sure that the calculations are fair and in the best interests of the children.
  • Custody and Parenting Time. Custody refers to where children live and for how long. It also describes the decision-making authority of each parent. Parenting time, also known as visitation,details the contact the child has with each parent. Minnesota law allowsmany variations in custody and visitation. Our family law attorneys can develop proposals that work for you and your children.
  • Spousal Maintenance. Also referred to as alimony, either husband or wife can be required to pay spousal maintenance.
  • Property Division. As part of a divorce, any property acquired by either party during the marriage must be divided equitably, or fairly. We make sure our clients' interests are properly represented during this process. Property division is accomplished either by an agreement between the parties or a court order.
  • Ante-Nuptial Agreements. Ante-nuptial agreements, also called prenuptial agreements, allow couples to determine what will happen in the event of death, divorce or separation. A prenuptial agreement can cover almost anything.
  • Adoption. We assist people in all of the ways that individuals and couples can become parents through adoption. Whether you want to adopt through an agency or directly from a birth mother, whether domestic or international, we can assist you in the legal aspects of building your family through adoption.
  • Post-Judgment Modification. When your circumstances or those of your ex-spouse change after divorce, you may be able to obtain a modification of a child support or spousal maintenance order.
  • Paternity. Paternity actions determine whether a man is the father of a child. Either parent can use a paternity action to challenge or deny support, custody or visitation.
  • Arbitration and Mediation. Many family law issues can be resolved through arbitration or mediation. These forms of alternative dispute resolution are usually less expensive, less time consuming and less stressful.

We support our clients by effectively representing their legal interests and making sure they receive the emotional support they need during a difficult time. We always try to find the most efficient and cost-effective form of resolution for each client. The issues within family law can be complex. Our goal is to make the legal part as easy as possible.

If you have a question about these matters, please contact a St. Paul & Minneapolis family attorney at 612-504-6499 to discuss the ways in which we can help.

We will charge you at our initial conference at our hourly rate. If you hire us after the initial office conference, we will credit forward the amount paid for the first half hour toward future services. If you do not hire us, we keep the fees paid so we are reasonably compensated for the time and advice provided.