Hines Law Group for your Divorce:

Experienced Negotiator

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Nicole M. Hines
Specializing in Divorce Law

Nicole Hines is a Southeastern Minnesota divorce attorney who helps you meet your goals as you move through a difficult period in your life. Whether you are ending a marriage or want to revise a divorce decree, you need sound advice and a specialist in Family Law.

Exclusively focused on Family Law, Nicole leads you through the emotional and stressful process of divorce by:

  • Listening to the details of your unique situation
  • Strongly advocating for your needs
  • Helping you put your children's best interests first
  • Skillfully navigating the complicated legal and financial aspects of divorce

Concern about legal costs, how money and property will get distributed, and child custody issues all add to the stress of the divorce process. Nicole is practical and cost-conscious with a strong financial background. She is trained in mediation, and has a Master's of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. Her considerable training and real-world experience mean that Nicole knows how to effectively manage high stress meetings and negotiations.

Divorce Strategist

Seasoned Negotiator

Nicole Hines skillfully guides you through the legal aspects of divorce, making sure that your needs are addressed and that the legal fees are kept to the minimum needed to serve you best.

An able negotiator who knows the details of Minnesota Family Law, Nicole works to keep you out of an expensive court trial while helping you reach the agreement you need. Furthermore, by staying out of a trial, Nicole keeps power in your hands rather than leaving the outcome of your case to a judge.

Better options to going into a court trial for your divorce proceeding are to have Hines Law Group:

  • Formulate a strategic plan to help you keep costs down and protect your children's best interests
  • Negotiate directly with your spouse’s lawyer or
  • Represent you in mediation

Family Law Practice

Rochester, MN

Divorce can bring up a number of financial and personal issues. Hines Law Group covers the full spectrum of needs in Family Law including:

  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)
  • Property Settlement

“Nicole Hines of Hines Law Group is whip-smart, knows Family Law inside and out, and is creative, caring, and compassionate. She's the best!”

— B.A., Rochester MN

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Quick Tip #1

Have You Been Served?

If you have been served with a Summons and Petition from your spouse or your spouse’s attorney, there are a few important things for you to know:

  1. You have 30 days to provide an answer, or you could face a default judgement which would not be favorable to you.
  2. Your lawyer may ask for an extension to provide an answer, which would need to be agreed upon by your spouse’s lawyer.
  3. Once you file your answer, the court calls you and your spouse to appear, typically within 30 days, at an informal hearing called an initial case management conference or ICMC.
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Helpful Reading

Divorce Information

The Divorce Process Choosing An Attorney

Divorce Questions

Fight or Compromise?
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Quick Tip #2

What are Grounds for Divorce in MN?

Minnesota is a “no fault” state in marriage dissolution proceedings (divorce cases). This means that there does not need to be proof or even allegation that a spouse was at fault, or otherwise did something wrong. Either spouse can start the divorce proceedings by stating that there has been “an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage relationship,” which simply means that a spouse believes the relationship is broken and it can not be fixed.