Your family’s legal issues are unique. At Gislason & Hunter, we strive to develop customized strategies for your family’s particular legal needs and will help you prioritize your goals to efficiently achieve a favorable outcome. You will receive the full range of legal experience and expertise offered by a large, full-service law firm along with individualized attention to guide you through what for most is the most difficult time of your life and move your life forward.
Our methods are proven and our attorneys are established and respected leaders in southern Minnesota, with offices in Mankato, New Ulm and Minneapolis.
Areas of Expertise
Our accomplished attorneys bring substantial expertise to Family Law to deliver the very best in service and results.
Cases & Clients
Andrew Tatge represented dentist in marriage without children; secured stipulated resolution without mediation allowing client to retain all interests in practice and avoid spousal maintenance.
Andrew Tatge represented husband in long-term marriage with minor children; secured property settlement allowing husband to retain family farm with property settlement payout to wife over time.
Andrew Tatge represented husband, a shareholder in several family-owned businesses, in divorce involving minor children. Secured significant parenting time, waiver of spousal maintenance by spouse, and requested disposition of assets, including marital and non-marital assets.
Farm Divorce and Farm Family Law Practice
Andrew Tatge’s experience representing clients in farm divorces is too extensive to list. In addition to teaching other attorneys throughout the country how to handle farm divorces, Andrew’s family law practice is significantly devoted to representing clients whose assets include farms, farm property, and other agricultural businesses ranging in value from a few hundred thousand dollars to over one hundred million dollars. Andrew has represented grain farmers, livestock producers, and owners of other agriculture-related entities (or their spouses) in arriving at a fair and equitable division of marital property, as well as drafting antenuptial agreements to avoid the potential for disputes later in the marriage. Many of his farm divorce cases have involved significant nonmarital tracing claims, spousal maintenance claims, and complex tax or other issues. When appropriate, Andrew has devised and utilized unique and novel ways to keep farm operations intact post-divorce so that both parties can move on with life and the farm can be handed down to the next generation. Andrew has also successfully represented numerous clients in child custody, parenting time and child support disputes involving farms and farm families.
Andrew Tatge secured temporary order for wife of business owner including no-contact order granting wife homestead, custody and requiring husband to pay for all expenses of wife on an ongoing basis.
Family Law and Divorce Appeals
Andrew Tatge has successfully argued before both the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Supreme Court. In several matters, he has successfully negotiated a settlement while appeals were pending.
High Net Worth Divorces
Divorces involving significant net worth sometimes require a team approach and the inclusion of additional lawyers and others with various expertise. If handled the right way, many of these cases can settle with the parties never having to set foot in a courtroom. Andrew Tatge has handled dozens of high net worth divorces and quarterbacks his team of Gislason & Hunter attorneys in other practice areas—such as real estate, banking and finance, agricultural law, and estate planning—to quickly and efficiently resolve divorce and ancillary issues.
Farmer Child Custody Dispute
Andrew Tatge secured primary custody for father (a farmer) after two-day court trial where farm lifestyle and alleged dangers of farming were claimed by urban-dwelling mother.
Post-Decree Divorce Disputes
Represented clients in a variety of post-divorce disputes including enforcing property distribution terms, parenting time disputes and change of custody actions.
Spousal Maintenance and Spousal Maintenance Modification
Spousal maintenance is one of the most complicated family law issues in Minnesota. Andrew Tatge has handled dozens of maintenance cases—both initial determination matters and modification of previously court-ordered or agreed upon awards. Andrew is one of only a handful of attorneys in Minnesota to have successfully argued a spousal maintenance case to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Adoptive and Intended Parents
Represented adoptive and intended parents.
Andrew Tatge represented wife in long-term marriage; matter resolved at mediation with wife receiving spousal maintenance, significant cash payment, and all requested assets. Matter involved valuation of farm land, machinery and livestock and disagreement over non-marital assets
Antenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, and Cohabitation Agreements
Andrew Tatge regularly assists clients in negotiating and drafting antenuptial and postnuptial agreements to protect pre-marital assets and assist in providing greater certainty for married parties in the event of divorce or upon a spouse’s death. Although still relatively rare in Minnesota, Andrew has experience drafting and negotiating cohabitation agreements, including agreements involving substantial assets, interstate and jurisdictional issues, and unique maintenance and payout-related agreements.
Business and Professional Practice Divorce
Andrew Tatge has represented owners of various businesses and professional practices in divorce and family law matters. Andrew has represented manufacturing company owners, dentists, doctors, accountants, bankers, pharmacists, chiropractors, engineers, lawyers, tech entrepreneurs, real estate professionals, construction company owners, insurance agents, investment advisors, and has handled divorces involving a number of other privately owned businesses. Andrew’s experience in finance, accounting, and business valuation principles assists in guiding clients through the process quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively. In many cases, he assists clients in reaching agreements without the need for expensive expert witness assistance. Andrew is acutely aware of a business owner’s need to maintain the confidentiality of their business and financial affairs and works to protect the public disclosure of sensitive information.
Andrew Tatge represented farmer and business owner with pre-marriage assets of $1 million protecting assets, inheritance and securing waiver of future spousal maintenance.
Andrew Tatge represented wife in long-term marriage; matter resolved at mediation with wife receiving spousal maintenance, requested disposition of assets and significant cash payment.
Succession Planning for Family Farms
Worked with farm families throughout southern Minnesota in planning for the future transfer of the family farm from generation to generation. Special planning was needed to ensure that older generations can continue to earn a livelihood and be financially supported while transitioning ownership of the farm, and to provide for non-farming children as well as the children who wish to continue to the family business.
Andrew Tatge represented farmer with over $5 million in pre-marriage assets, preserving non-marital characteristic of assets and any increase in value, including through active appreciation and secured waiver of future spousal maintenance.
- New Tax Law Substantially Modifies Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) in Minnesota
- A Prenuptial Agreement for You and Your Medical Practice
- When Farm Income Declines: How to Address Child Support and Spousal Maintenance
- Proving a Non-Marital Claim May Not Be As Hard As You Think
- Valuation and Division of Growing Crops in a Minnesota Farm Divorce
- Buy-Sell Agreements Help Businesses Survive Divorce
- In Calculating a Business Owner’s Child Support, The Facts Are Important
- Modifying Parenting Time & The Primary Residence Designation
- Divorce Business Valuation: What is Goodwill and Who Gets It?
- Keep in Mind Trust Assets When Getting Divorced in Minnesota
- Divorce and The Family Farm: “The times they are a-changin”
- Served With (Or Serving) Divorce Papers? Time To Review Your Estate Plan.
- Living With Your Significant Other? Think About a Cohabitation Agreement.
- The Lautenberg Amendment
- Retirement Assets in Divorce
- Dividing the Farm: Using Options to Rent and Options to Buy When Farmland Has to be Transferred
- Spousal Maintenance and the Minnesota High Net Worth Divorce
- What Part of Your Asset is Protected by an Antenuptial Agreement?
- Minnesota Supreme Court Weighs in on Child Support Calculation for Self-Employed Parents
- A New Frontier in Minnesota Family Law—Deciphering Minnesota’s Marriage Equality Bill
- In Divorce Decrees, The Devil is in the Details
- Really? The Judge Can Sell My Home?
- The Value of Expert Witness in Divorce
- Buying the Farm: Things to Look for in Negotiating a Farm Divorce Settlement
- Dramatic Changes to Adoption Tax Credit for 2013
- Assisted Reproductive Technology & Divorce: “Custody” Battles Over the Kids You Don’t Have (Yet?)
- Keeping the Minnesota Family Farm After Divorce
- Going Nowhere Fast, Part II: Using PassPort Controls to Insure Your Child Stays in the U.S.
- Going Nowhere Fast, Part I: Using PassPort Controls to Insure Your Child Stays in the U.S.
- My Friend Didn’t Have to Pay Spousal Maintenance, So Why Do I?
- Breaking Up Really Is Hard To Do: Protect Your Business From Divorce With Buy-Sell Agreements & Antenuptial Agreements