Glen Norton | Minnetonka Divorce Lawyer

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Glen A. Norton

Divorce and Child Custody Attorney

Divorce & Family Law, Collaborative Law, Domestic Violence & Neglect, Paternity

www.glenanorton.com

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We take the time to care about our clients. Family law cases are difficult because they relate to our most emotional issues of children and relationships. In times of high emotion, we give the client the help and advice he or she needs that acknowledges the upsetting facts without being blinded by them. We believe our faith directs us not to be judgmental about your situation.
We work in the Collaborative Process, in mediation or traditional family court litigation. Specifically, we help people who have divorce, child custody, domestic violence, spousal maintenance, child support, and other family law cases anywhere in Minnesota. We have appeared in 35 of the 87 counties in Minnesota. With over 30 years’ experience we focus upon cases in Hennepin County, Anoka County, Wright County, and Sherburne County.
Sometimes when people are going into a divorce or child custody case they feel they only need a little help, while others know they will need a lot of help. We offer a flat fee Preliminary Case Analysis for $275.00. In that meeting, which lasts 1.5 hours, we look at all the papers there are so far, and we look at all the apparent issues. We discuss family court procedure, strategy and what we can do to help you. Custody cases can be surprisingly complicated. The right result is very important for your children. We will tell you if we think you should attempt representing yourself, and if so, how to do that well. After the meeting, if you want to hire us for more than the analysis, you can sign the fee agreement, pay a retainer and we will be on your case.  If you decide to do it yourself, you can do that too. We also offer a Free Initial half hour Consultation. In this meeting we introduce ourselves, go over the big issues and the basics of the law relating to your case. We will exchange less information, but we will both come away from the meeting knowing if we could work together or not. We do not take every potential client. Sometimes we have too many complex matters to undertake another, sometimes we do not feel we are a fit as a team or financially. Sometimes we won’t take a case because we do not want the court to be apprehensive when our next client after that comes into court with us. We seek to represent diverse people and an equal number of men and women for similar reasons. Ultimately, if we can’t settle, we are selling your idea of a fair solution to a judicial officer. We do all we can not to have the decision maker have any reason to doubt our clients’ positions.
We are conveniently located in Minnetonka by the intersection of highways 394 and 494 and our parking ramp is free. Our mailing address indicates we are in Hopkins, but Plymouth and Wayzata are closer to our actual office. We are an easy drive from Eden Prairie, Medina, Orono, Excelsior, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and the entire Lake Minnetonka area. We are also easily accessible by public transportation with a bus stop in front of our building. Our building and attached parking ramp are safe and secure.
Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyLaw Office of Glen A. Norton2014 - Present
AttorneyHenningson & Snoxell Ltd.2012 - 2014
AttorneyLaw Office of Glen A. Norton PLLC2007 - 2012
AttorneyJensen & Sondrall2002 - 2007
PartnerRoss & Norton PLLP1995 - 2002
School Degree Major Graduation
Hamline University School of LawJ.D. Law School1985  
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeBAEnglish1981
Minnetonka High SchoolDiploma1977
State / Court Date
United States Supreme Court2013
Federal District Court1986
United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals1986
Minnesota1986
  • Christian Legal Society of Minnesota | Member, Twin Cities Christian Legal Aid Volunteer
    Christian Legal Society | Member
    International Academy of Collaborative Professionals | Member
    Association of Family and Conciliation Courts | Member
    Minnesota Association For Justice | Member
    Anoka County Bar Association | Member
    Hennepin County Bar Association | Member
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Domestic Abuse Committee | Member
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section | Executive Committee | 2008 - 2011
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Legislative Committee | Vice-Chair | 2007 - 2008
  • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Attorneys | 2016 - Present
    Top 100 Minnesota Attorneys | The National Advocates | 2016 - Present
    Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota | American Society of Legal Advocates | 2016 - Present
    Top 100 Family Law Attorney in Minnesota | American Society of Legal Advocates | 2015 - Present
    A+ Rating | Better Business Bureau | 2015 - Present
  • We recently had a case where the parties were sophisticated business people. Their issues were child custody with parenting time and complex finances. Finances were complicated because one of their businesses was owning rental real estate. The economy has rebounded since it crashed in 2008 but their business was crippled during the crash and limped along for several years. Therefore, the financial discussions were long, detailed and very painful for people who are used to good success. Luckily their other jobs allowed them to support themselves and their children, but how do you divide a financial nightmare? We used the collaborative process and we had the attorneys and the parties talking together right away without arguing so we could plan how to come out of the situation in a way that was best for everyone, including the kids. A traditional case could have encouraged the parents to try to blame the other for the business losses, and try to come out of the case as the person primarily caring for the kids and also in a financially stable position. That would have meant the other parent was stuck sinking in financial quicksand with no relief in sight for many years. Our solution in the collaborative process was to hire a financial neutral with deep credentials. He met with the parties, without the lawyers present, and saved them the cost of the billings from the attorneys as finance was sorted out. Everyone could trust and completely disclose to the neutral who could help them as a family in transition. The neutral found a way for them to leverage the equity in their homestead, while still using the home, and also let the person not living in the homestead not be on that mortgage note. This made it possible for the person not in the homestead to take more of the business liability and resolve it, and then begin rebuilding assets. Both will have a homestead much sooner than if we litigated over marital homestead, debt, and custody. The special arrangements that we could only negotiate by working together, made it possible to not lose the homestead. The family saved attorneys' fees. They came through the process with respect for each other, and the efforts they each have contributed to the family survival. They are able to co-parent, sharing time with the kids as a functional team. They are without the anger and hatred for each other that would come from fighting out a blame game. The kids do not have to walk on eggshells when talking to either parent. I have had this very same kind of facts in a case that went through the traditional system. The parties are still at odds years later. They hate each other for what happened. They came out of that process nearly bankrupt. The kids are still on edge when talking to one of the parents. It is true they are two separate unique families, but the case facts are very close to alike, while the results were opposites. This may not forecast how your unique case will go, but I do encourage all parties who can be reasonable with one-another, even though they are no longer a couple, to consider the collaborative process, and to work together to get out of a mess they made together. Sometimes that is impossible for one of the parties to be reasonable, and it is those impossible cases that fare better in the traditional system. Some case facts herein may be conflated to protect client identities.

  • Cases
    Recently we had a case where one party was an aggressive litigator. She refused to respond to requests for information necessary to complete the case. The parties were disputing child custody, child support and parenting time. Both parties had their proposals declined by the other during settlement efforts. The court limited what information needed to be shared and ordered a response on all of the other material requested. One party still failed and refused to answer, despite our full answers to their requested information. We brought a motion to the court to preclude opposing party from presenting anything for evidence or argument at all in trial. The court responded that the judge was instead considering how long that party would spend in jail for violating the discovery order. The case settled that day, on favorable terms much like what our client proposed in the settlement negotiations by the attorneys. The other party avoided jail. Ultimately, that party had to reimburse our client over ten thousand dollars of the fees spent in order to force the disclosure of the necessary information. We can't promise that your case will result in this large a reimbursement of your litigation expenses with a difficult opposing party, although there are several theories upon which such a claim may advance. We will always seek justice for you in whatever form is appropriate. Some case facts herein may be conflated or changed to protect client identities.

  • Advanced Family Law | Non-Traditional Families & Violence in the Home | 2011
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(1985) Juris Doctorate, Hamline University School of Law. Verified with DegreeVerify.November 02, 2017
(1986) Licensed as Attorney in Minnesota. Verified with Minnesota Judicial Branch.October 31, 2017

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Minnetonka, MN 55305
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  • We help people who have divorce, child custody, domestic violence and other family law cases anywhere in Minnesota and have appeared in 35 of the 87 counties in Minnesota. With over 30 years’ experience we focus upon cases in Hennepin County, Anoka County, Wright County, and Sherburne County. When travelling to other counties, except Ramsey County, we may charge a reduced hourly rate for driving time. We are conveniently located in Minnetonka by the intersection of highways 394 and 494 and our parking ramp is free. Our mailing address indicates we are in Hopkins, but Plymouth and Wayzata are closer to our actual office. We are an easy drive from Eden Prairie, Medina, Orono, Excelsior, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and the entire Lake Minnetonka area. We are also easily accessible by public transportation with a bus stop in front of our building. Our building and attached parking ramp are safe and secure.

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