Family Law

Family Law 2018-05-09T07:29:04+00:00

WE CAN HELP YOU OVERCOME FAMILY LAW CHALLENGES

Thesenvitz & Mickelson, LLP, is located in Sioux Falls and serves the entire surrounding areas in family law. Our experienced lawyer, Rick Mickelson will use his knowledge to achieve a favorable outcome for your situation. In addition to family law matters, our practice is devoted to meeting the needs of individuals in bankruptcy, probate and estate planning, and business law matters.We assist families throughout South Dakota in matters including:

  • Divorce: We help select clients with equitable division and other aspects of a divorce such as alimony (spousal support). Our attorneys strive to achieve the best results on your behalf in the most efficient manner.
  • Child support: In a divorce, we represent clients in matters involving child support. If your family’s needs change over time, we can provide legal assistance for support modification matters.
  • Child custody: We represent clients in custody matters. We will look out for your child’s best interests throughout the entire legal process, and we will work to make the negative impact of the divorce as minimal as possible.
  • Paternity: We assist unwed parents in challenging and establishing paternity. No matter what your situation calls for, we are prepared to advocate for your best interests.
  • Adoption: Our Sioux Falls family law attorneys represent clients in all types of adoption matters, including stepparent and private adoptions.

CONTACT THESENVITZ & MICKELSON, LLP, TODAY

Our law firm is located directly across from the courthouse in The 300 Building. Contact our firm at 605-334-9448 or toll free at 877-334-9448 to speak directly with a lawyer.

Family Law:

PROTECTING YOUR INTERESTS IN DIVORCE

Facing the reality of a divorce can spark many emotions. It can be overwhelming or frustrating, or maybe it can give you a sense of relief. No matter what emotions you may endure, you can be assured that an attorney at our firm will help you through the process.At Thesenvitz & Mickelson, LLP, we strive to meet the legal needs our clients in every way possible. Our Sioux Falls divorce lawyers serve people throughout the surrounding communities in all areas of family law. We are fully committed to providing personalized legal services that are tailored to meet your needs.

Our attorneys, Doug Thesenvitz and Rick Mickelson, have extensive experience handling divorce cases. We have handled complex and high-asset cases, and are knowledgeable of the skills needed to achieve the best results on your behalf.

WHAT IS EQUITABLE DIVISION?

South Dakota is an equitable division (all property) state, meaning that all assets and properties that a couple owns during the course of the marriage are typically subject to division. Depending on your situation, division of assets can be complex — so it is important to seek guidance from a knowledgeable attorney. Our firm handles all aspects of divorce, including:

  • Spousal support (alimony)
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Visitation

We encourage our clients to try alternate dispute resolutions, such as mediation and arbitration, to achieve positive resolutions. Many times, reaching a settlement through alternate dispute resolutions is beneficial for both parties. A few of the benefits include saving money on attorney’s fees and time in the courtroom. We often tell clients that they will forever remember the painful day or days they spend in a divorce trial. The day they come to a reasonable resolution will often be forgotten and seldom painful memory.

FEES IN DIVORCE CASES

Divorces are expensive. For all the pain, anger and other feelings you are processing, your attorney needs to pull apart a legal relationship involving adults, children and property. Each of those categories carries its own complexities. The cost of a divorce will be driven by three primary factors: First you, your needs and behavior will be the first driving factor in attorney fees. The second will be the spouse you are divorcing. The third is the other attorney. As your attorneys we can often have some input on the decisions you make to help keep fees down. We have no influence on your spouse or the other attorney.

SPEAK TO A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY AT THESENVITZ & MICKELSON, LLP

We understand that your needs are unique to your situation. This is why we cater our legal services to meet your needs. Please contact our firm online or by calling 605-34-9448 or 877-334-9448 to schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys. We look forward to speaking with you.

HELPING FAMILIES RESOLVE CHILD SUPPORT DISPUTES

Are you concerned about your child’s welfare after a divorce? Do you need guidance from knowledgeable lawyers in South Dakota? Are you looking for representation from a lawyer who is honest and compassionate? Then we can assist you with your needs.We are the Sioux Falls law firm of Thesenvitz & Mickelson, LLP. Led by Doug Thesenvitz and Rick Mickelson, our firm is dedicated to providing individualized family law services for people throughout Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas.

Our attorneys listen to your needs, and formulate a legal strategy that looks out for your family’s best interests. When you work with us, you can always expect honest, direct contact with your attorney throughout the entire legal process of your case.

CHILD SUPPORT IN SOUTH DAKOTA

In South Dakota, child support is calculated by a mathematical formula. If one parent is granted child custody, then typically the other parent will have child support payments. Determining child support can be complex, especially if one parent is self-employed or both parents are wage earners. Because this process is complex, it is important you work with a lawyer who is experienced and knowledgeable of law.

If your family’s needs change after time, you may be able to make child support modifications. Circumstances that may constitute a child support modification can include:

  • If one parent is promoted
  • If one parent loses a job
  • When the child’s needs drastically change — due to medical or other special circumstances
  • As day care or health care costs change
  • When one parent relocates

TALK TO OUR SIOUX FALLS CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEYS ABOUT YOUR SITUATION

Do you have questions or concerns? Contact our attorney at your convenience to schedule a consultation. We can be reached online or via phone at 605-334-9448 or 877-334-9448.

WE ADVOCATE FOR YOUR FAMILY

When kids are involved in a divorce, their well-being is vital. You want to make certain their lives are affected as minimally as possible. For this reason, it is critical you work with an experienced and compassionate lawyer who understands how to keep your family’s best interests in the foreground at all times.Thesenvitz & Mickelson, LLP, is a trusted and experienced legal source that serves Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas of South Dakota in family law matters. For more than 20 years, we have provided honest and professional legal solutions for those in need. We pride our firm on our integrity and high level of personal commitment to our clients’ situations. Our attorneys always work to achieve the best results on your behalf.

LOOKING OUT FOR YOUR CHILD’S BEST INTERESTS

Both parents have an equal opportunity to earn custody of minor children, and the courts look to find an arrangement that is in the child’s best interests. If one parent is granted custodial rights, many times the noncustodial parent can have just as much say in the decision-making processes for the child. We will answer the important questions you may have, such as:

  • Who will decide my child’s religious upbringing?
  • Will I have a say over where my child attends school?
  • Can I participate in the medical decisions?
  • Will I be able to decide what sports my child plays?

We can also handle matters including child relocation, custody modifications, child support and adoption. If you value legal advice from knowledgeable attorneys, work with Thesenvitz & Mickelson, LLP.

CONTACT OUR SIOUX FALLS CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEYS

Please contact our firm online or by calling 605-334-9448 or 877-334-9448 to schedule a meeting with one of our attorneys. We look forward to speaking with you.

ESTABLISHING PATERNITY IN SOUTH DAKOTA: ATTORNEYS UPHOLDING YOUR RIGHTS

A man who has fathered a child outside of marriage must take legal action to make certain that his rights are protected. Many times the steps to secure your rights are simple, and by speaking to a lawyer at our firm, you can ensure your rights are asserted.For more than 20 years, our Sioux Falls law firm has assisted fathers and mothers throughout the surrounding areas in a broad range of family law and paternity matters. Doug Thesenvitz and Rick Mickelson provide clients with honest and professional legal representation that fully meets their needs. Our lawyers pride themselves on their competency and level of integrity, along with the high level of personal service they provide for clients.

CHALLENGING PATERNITY IN SOUTH DAKOTA

In South Dakota, if a parent wants to challenge paternity, in most cases it must be done within 60 days of the birth of a child. We can file a paternity action and order a DNA test. We are ready and able to advocate for both mothers and fathers. It is in your family’s best interests to take action and speak to a lawyer. Speaking to a lawyer will ensure that your parental rights are protected.

Our Sioux Falls paternity attorneys are prepared to vigorously advocate for your best interests and assist with legal actions to establish or challenge paternity, seek child support payments, or assert or challenge a parent’s visitation rights. Call our firm at 605-610-4524 to schedule an appointment with an attorney about your situation.

SPEAK WITH A LAWYER ABOUT YOUR SITUATION

Connect with Thesenvitz & Mickelson, LLP, today by calling 605-334-9448 or 877-334-9448 or by filling out our short contact form. We look forward to speaking with you.

EXPERIENCED AND SKILLED ADOPTION LAWYERS

The decision to adopt is a critical one. Bringing a child into your family will have a significant impact on your future, and a lawyer at our firm can help complete the journey of bringing a child into your family.We are the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, law firm of Thesenvitz & Mickelson, LLP. For more than two decades, we have served the surrounding areas in family law and adoption matters. Our experienced attorneys are committed to providing compassionate, personal and professional legal services. We work to meet your legal needs in an effective and timely manner.

LEGAL GUIDANCE TAILORED TO MEET YOUR FAMILY’S NEEDS

We understand that every person’s situation is unique, and we recognize the importance of providing individualized services. At our firm, you can always expect one-on-one attention from your lawyer. We will sit down and thoroughly discuss your situation, and take time to outline your goals. Once we fully understand your objectives, we will provide the best possible legal advice that leaves you equipped to make an informed decision.

Our Sioux Falls adoption attorneys have worked with families in a variety of situations. We have helped stepparents adopt, parents adopt children from foster care, and others. In some situations, attorney fees for adoption may even be tax deductible. Contact a lawyer at our firm at 605-334-9448 or 877-334-9448 to find out if this is possible for your situation. Our adoption experience includes:

  • Foster child adoption
  • Contested adoption trials
  • Private adoptions
  • Stepparent adoptions

CONTACT THESENVITZ & MICKELSON, LLP, TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Contact our firm at 605-334-9448 or toll free at 877-334-9448 to speak directly with a lawyer. We are located directly across from the courthouse in The 300 Building.