Firm Overview

Guiding clients through their most difficult times
Although all legal issues have complications, the area of family law is perhaps the most difficult for people to face. Whether they involve a painful divorce or child custody matters, these cases are always packed with plenty of emotion and stress. However, attorney Karen L. Ives in Minneapolis, Minnesota can get a resolution of your case that will bring you closure and will enable you to move on with your life. Serving clients throughout the state, Karen L. Ives has more than 30 years of experience in the area of family law, and she knows how to get results.

Bringing knowledge and compassionate to family law cases
When choosing a family law attorney, it is important to hire someone who has extensive knowledge of the law and also understands the emotional aspects of these cases. Attorney Ives takes great pride in her practice. Her thorough knowledge of Minnesota family law and her genuine compassion for the people she represents give her an edge over other attorneys in the area. When you come to Karen L. Ives for assistance with your case, you receive the benefit of her:
Acclaimed legal mind In addition to receiving the praise of the clients she has served during her more than 30 years of practice, Attorney Ives has also earned the respect of her colleagues in the legal profession. She is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for her professionalism and ethics.
Personal communication skills An attorney-client relationship hinges on the communication between both parties. Attorney Ives makes a point of having open, honest dialogue with everyone who comes to her for help.
Focus on family law Attorney Ives focuses on the complex nature of family law, so she stays current on changes to the law and constantly hones her skills.

Areas of practice
Attorney Karen L. Ives is handles cases throughout Minnesota in the areas of:
Family law
Child custody

Contact Attorney Karen L. Ives today
If you are in need of an experienced family law attorney in Minneapolis, call Karen L. Ives today at 612-339-1660 or contact her online to schedule your initial consultation.

Main Office

Main Office
150 South State St.
Ste. 2860
Minneapolis MN 56402




Office Information


Minnesota Family Law

Full-service family law firm in Minneapolis
Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption, experiencing the pain of marital conflict, or facing another legal issue close to home, Karen L. Ives will listen to your needs, understand your concerns and help you reach solutions to your legal problems.

Attorney Ives has served families in Minneapolis for more than 30 years years, and she provides legal services across a wide spectrum of areas, including:
Divorce, including all related issues
Alimony and spousal maintenance
Child support
Child support modification and enforcement
Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
Wills and estates
Guardianships and conservatorships

Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but when something goes wrong, there is a chance of substantial heartache. Attorney Ives assists families with the complex legal process of adoption, so you can feel secure about your child's future well-being.

Divorce is difficult, but it should not lead to a financial crisis. Attorney Ives helps you establish fair and equitable spousal support so that you can continue to live as comfortably as you did before your marriage ended.

Child support
Both parents share the responsibility of raising a child, and attorney Ives will help ensure that your child receives the financial support required for a healthy, happy upbringing.

Child support modification and enforcement
Child support payments remain the same unless and until the court modifies the child support order. If either parent experiences a significant change in financial circumstances, attorney Ives can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments, accordingly.

Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
When Minnesota authorities interfere with your parental rights, you need a compassionate advocate who understands the bureaucratic red tape. Karen L. Ives is skilled at maneuvering through the complex laws of Minnesota to protect your parental rights.

Mediation puts the decisions in your hands, and it can often provide more expedient, predictable results than a trial can. Using mediation, Attorney Ives can help you obtain the most favorable divorce settlement.

Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
When you marry your beloved, you may not foresee the potential problems that can eventually lead to divorce. Attorney Ives expects the unexpected. She drafts premarital agreements that protect both spouses' interests and which can alleviate some of the stress should you ever divorce.

Contact Karen L. Ives today
To schedule a consultation today, call the office of Karen L. Ives at 612-339-1660 or contact her online.

Child Custody

Karen Ives

Karen L. Ives

Karen L. Ives specializes in family law matters, including marriage dissolution, legal separation, child custody, child support, property division, spousal maintenance, paternity actions, prenuptial contracts and simple wills. Ms. Ives is experienced in juvenile law, representing both parents and children in a variety of proceedings, including adoptions. Ms. Ives has a background in mediation and in alternative dispute resolution, and she is currently offering her services as a collaborative attorney in appropriate cases.

Ms. Ives was admitted to practice law in the State of Minnesota in 1980, after graduating from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. She did her undergraduate work at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota. She established her private law practice in 1982, after first serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Allen Oleisky, Judge of Hennepin County District Court.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Ives has been involved significantly in the community, with participation as a board member for Loring-Nicollet Bethlehem Center, Working Opportunities for Women, and attorney advisory volunteer for Chrysalis. She is currently neighborhood development chair of her local community organization and is a participant in Restorative Justice Community Action.

Ms. Ives continues her professional association with the Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, and the Collaborative Family Law Institute, and she is a qualified neutral mediator.


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