With extensive experience in all aspects of marital dissolutions, Kathleen has handled many complex divorces, including cases with closely held business interests, professional practices and high net worth cases. Her clients appreciate her listening skills and quick assessment of complex issues. She helps her clients organize a strategy to accomplish their goals in resolving the issues in their divorces.
Focusing her practice on clients whose business and financial interests require sophisticated counsel for discovery, negotiation and court representation, Kathleen is adept at legal strategies which keep her cases moving forward toward an appropriate conclusion. Throughout her representation, she assertively pursues her clients’ interests even for issues that evolve after the divorce. Kathleen’s experience includes complex cases, including divorces that involve closely held corporations, professional practices and complex custody matters including parental alienation.
When children are involved, Kathleen sets herself apart through her strong advocacy of custody and parenting agreements that focus on the best interests of the child. Kathleen has a particular emphasis on cases where parental alienation is an issue.
Kathleen is Board-Certified as a Family Law Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. She is also a skilled mediator, approved for inclusion in the Minnesota ADR Statewide Neutrals Roster in all categories of Family Neutrals and is on the Minnesota Supreme Courts list of Appellate mediators.
Minnesota Law & Politics has consistently listed Kathleen as a Super Lawyer and named her among the Top 40 Super Lawyers for Family Law. She was also named among the Top 100 Women Super Lawyers by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine. Since 1993, Kathleen has been named every year to the Best Lawyers in America (Family Law). She is also a Fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
As part of her development of a successful legal practice, Kathleen was trained at the internationally renowned Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara as a certified Life Coach. This training allows her to support her clients through the divorce process.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Kathleen Newman is expanding her practice to include the following services:
- Divorce Coaching
- Parent Coaching
- Parenting Consulting
- Representing clients in Mediation
- Acting as a mediator or arbitrator in divorce, custody and parenting matters
Kathleen trained as a life coach with the prestigious Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She is a certified life coach.
Many people want guidance about whether or not a divorce is appropriate for their circumstances, or need guidance and emotional support during a divorce, even when they are represented by an attorney. Kathleen can provide that guidance as your divorce coach.
When custody or parenting time is an issue during a divorce or after your divorce decree has been entered, attorney’s or custody evaluators often ask parents to engage a parenting coach, either individually or as co-parents. Kathleen has substantial experience in providing guidance on custody and parenting time issues.
A parenting Consultant (PC) is a person, usually an attorney or a mental health professional, who is agreed upon by the parties and then appointed by the court. A PC can be designated to make decisions when the parties cannot agree on joint legal custody decisions relating to health, education or religious training, r parenting time decisions. The decision of a PC is usually final, although a parent has the right to ask the court to review the PC’s decisions within 14 days of the PC making the decision. Courts usually follow the PC’s decisions if they are well reasoned and follow the law. Parents can access their PC for help and decision making much more quickly and they are trained to assess and act in children’s best interests. Usually, parents work with the OC without involving their attorneys, saving them significant attorney fee costs. A PC is usually appointed for terms of 2 years, with the option to renew the PC contact thereafter.
Kathleen has represented people in mediation for over 20 years. She also acts as a mediator in divorce, custody and parenting time matters, and is on the Appellate Mediation panel for the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Certified Legal Specialties
Articles and Presentations:
- Women in Law – Kathleen M. Newman and Barbara J. Seibel Taking Their Practice to New Heights, Attorney at Law Magazine Minnesota, December 2018
- The High Stakes of Divorce for Business Owners, Attorney at Law Magazine, February 2017
- Key Considerations in Spousal Maintenance Cases Attorney at Law Magazine, January 2017
- Avoid the Pitfalls in a Physician’s Divorce MD News Magazine, December 2016
- What Ever Happened to Temporary Motions? Attorney at Law Magazine, December 2016
- 2016 Women in Law: The Space & Dignity to Choose Attorney at Law Magazine, November 2016
- Prenuptial Agreements: What to Know Before You Tie the Knot Attorney at Law Magazine, October 2016
- Antenuptial Agreements in Minnesota Divorces: Not a Vote of ‘No Confidence’, Attorney At Law Magazine, September 2016
- Divorce Coaches: Providing Support for Attorneys and Their Clients, Attorney at Law Magazine, August 2016
- Understanding How Personality Disorders Can Impact Divorce Cases, Attorney at Law Magazine, July 2016
- The Art and Science of Building a Lifestyle Budget, Attorney at Law Magazine, June 2016
- Parenting Consultants: A Contractual Model for Resolving Parenting Disputes, Attorney at Law Magazine, May 2016
- New Questions for Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota, Attorney at Law Magazine, April 2016
- Lowering Conflict in Paying for Higher Education: How Divorce Impacts the College-Bound Child, Attorney at Law Magazine, March 2016
- In the Best Interests of a Teenager: How Child Centered Mediation Can Help Keep the Peace, Attorney at Law Magazine, February 2016
- Hide and Seek: Determining an Accurate Value of a Business in a Divorce, Attorney at Law Magazine, January 2016
- Plenty of Gray Area: Divorce Among the 55-Plus Population, Attorney at Law Magazine, December 2015
- Helpful or Hurtful: Cooperative Private Divorce as a New Option for Dissolving a Marriage, Attorney at Law Magazine, November 2015
- Is the Role of Non-Working Parents Being Undervalued by the Courts? Maintaining Fairness for Stay-At-Home Parents, Attorney at Law Magazine, October 2015
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Splitting Assets, Attorney at Law Magazine, September 2015
- A Team Approach to Divorce, Attorney at Law Magazine, August 2015
- The High Stakes of High Asset Divorce, Attorney at Law Magazine, June 2015
- Preparing to Tie a New Kind of Knot, Attorney at Law Magazine, May 2015
- Cohabitation and Its Impact on Spousal Maintenance, Attorney at Law Magazine, April 2015
- How Splitting Marital and Nonmarital Assets Works in Divorce, Expert Beacon, February 2015
- Your Law Practice: A Marital Asset in Divorce, Attorney at Law Magazine, January 2015
- Preparation is Key to Protecting Yourself in a High-Asset Divorce, ExpertBeacon.com, December 2014
- Collecting Your Legal Fees in a Divorce, Attorney at Law Magazine, November 2014
- Navigating Prenuptial Agreements for Same-Sex Couples Getting Married, ExpertBeacon.com, October 2014
- I Need a Divorce Lawyer!: Referring Clients, Attorney at Law Magazine, September 2014
- Attorney of the Month, Kathleen Newman, Attorney at Law Magazine, July 2014