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Making the decision to file for divorce, commence a child custody case, or leave an abusive partner is both difficult and emotional. Sykes Family Law is dedicated to providing affordable, competent legal representation to individuals and families facing these decisions, and will work with you to resolve these problems in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
With a family-centered approach to problem solving, our goal is to minimize the impact litigation will have on your life. Principal attorney Cathleen A. Sykes has broad experience working with high conflict families and understands that individuals need an attorney who appreciates the emotional needs of families facing divorce or separation. Cathleen is dedicated to providing strong, no-nonsense advocacy for the needs of her clients and their children.
Sykes Family Law is an ardent advocate for equality for all individuals, and opposes efforts to discriminate against same-sex couples and their families.
Despite having celebrated marriage equality here in Minnesota and across the United States, there are still many questions that same-sex couples may have should they face divorce or separation from long-term relationships. For example, how is joint property acquired by the parties prior to their marriage treated during a divorce? Are children born to married same-sex couples treated the same under the law as the children of opposite-sex married couples? As laws evolve and adapt to coincide with the changing landscape of modern family structures, it is important that you seek appropriate legal advice regarding these and other questions specific to your family’s dynamics.
Immigration laws are complex and the procedures are difficult to navigate. Sykes Family Law has a broad understanding of how the immigration status of anyone in a family may be affected by divorce, child custody and support, and international parenting time issues. Whether you enter the family court system as a lawful permanent resident, a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or as an undocumented immigrant it is important that your attorney understand how your immigration status will interplay with your court case.