Family, Custody, & Divorce

Family, Custody, & Divorce

Family law governs our most important relationships. Whether it is divorce, child custody, parenting time, paternity, or child support, we have the experience to achieve your goals. Hiring a lawyer who knows family law in Minnesota to assist you in your case does not mean you are looking for conflict. To the contrary, having the assistance of a skilled practitioner is essential for reaching a cooperative resolution to your family matter. We have experience in negotiating complex cases, which meet the short term and long-term goals of the parties.

When cooperation cannot be achieved, you need a skilled litigator on your side. We have experience litigating most every type of family matter before the court. As with all our cases, we work closely with you to develop a plan tailored to you and your family’s needs. Your plan includes an ongoing analysis of the financial cost and projected benefits, so you have the tools to make sound financial decisions while achieving your goals.

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We have experience litigating most every type of family matter before the court.

Highly-rated Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota

Messick Law’s experienced and dedicated family lawyers serve clients across Minnesota. We’ll help you make sound decisions to meet your goals.

Families are among the most important and intimate relationships you can form. However, this also makes them some of the most complicated to maintain and change. Family law exists to help govern these relationships, whether it’s ending them or altering them in a meaningful way. Without the help of an experienced litigator to guide you, these proceedings can be grueling.

Attorney Jacquelyn Lutz Is On Your Side

Jacquelyn is a top-rated attorney focusing her practice exclusively in family law. She represents fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, grandparents, and other stakeholders in family law cases. Jacquelyn is dedicated to counseling her clients through the deeply personal – and often complex – issues involved in family practice. She is solution-focused rather than problem-oriented and works closely with her clients to develop creative resolutions that fit their unique family situation. As a family lawyer in MN, Jaquelyn has been selected as Rising Star by SuperLawyers since 2019.

Family Law Cases We Handle

If you are dealing with any of the following facets of family law, don’t worry. As family lawyers in MN, we have a wealth of experience in providing solutions to all of them and more, all while making sure we are always taking extra care with these delicate matters.


Dissolution of marriage can be complex, especially when a divorce involves the ownership of assets or involves a request for spousal maintenance (alimony). Often, parties attempt to proceed without an attorney. Doing so can result in unintended personal and financial hardships now and in the future. You need the services of an experienced family law attorney in every divorce to ensure your rights are protected.

Child Custody & Parenting Time

The care and custody of children is the most important issue in family law. It can also be the most contentious. An experienced family law attorney is necessary to support and guide you from the beginning of your case to the end.

Child Support

Support of minor children is mandatory in Minnesota. While the statutes layout a guideline for support amounts, there are many factors that must be considered in establishing or modifying support. Messick law has extensive experience in establishment and modification of support orders.


Adopting a child is one of the bravest and most selfless things a person can do, but it is a very technical process. Messick Law can help make this process easier by guiding you through each step of the way.

Orders for Protection

Messick law has experience both initiating and defending against Orders for Protection, in both the District Court and at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

And many more scenarios:

  • Divorces involving businesses, farms, and significant assets
  • Divorces for marriages of all durations
  • Cooperative divorces, including joint petitions and stipulations
  • Private termination of parental rights
  • Third party custody
  • Establishment and modification of parenting time
  • Reduction or elimination of parenting time
  • Establishment and modification of spousal maintenance
  • Reduction or elimination of spousal maintenance

About Messick Law

Messick Law was founded by Steven Messick, a highly respected civil litigation lawyer in the State of Minnesota. Steven currently serves as a council member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He has an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Super Lawyers® has further recognized Steven as a Rising Star since 2019. As an experienced family law attorney he is also a counselor and mediator who provides practical solutions to complex legal problems.

Skilled Family Law Litigator for Every Family Matter

Messick Law represents clients across Minnesota on every family matter. We have the experience and resources to litigate your case in court or advocate for you during complex negotiations. Through a systematic approach, we develop a plan that maximizes opportunities for favorable outcomes.