Minnesota Divorce, Attorney Fees

Minnesota case law summary by Attorney Richard Clem: divorce, attorney fees.

In re the Marriage of: Sharon Marie Sanvik, Becky Toevs Rooney, Appellant, v. Charles W. Sanvik. MN divorce, attorney fees

In this appeal from Wright County, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held:

1. When a party's motion for attorney fees under Minn. Stat. 518.14 is pending upon dismissal of a divorce action, that party’s right to seek contribution for attorney fees from the opposing parties continues, and may be asserted by the attorney.

2. Minn. Stat. 518.14 does not permit a court to award conduct-based attorney fees against an attorney for a party in a divorce proceeding.

No. A13-1875 (Minn. Ct. App. July 14, 2014)

Please see the original opinion for the court's exact language.


Richard P. Clem is an attorney and continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Minnesota. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He has a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State, 468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).

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