(651) 438-8975


Protecting your interests
   Promoting your family
      ​Guiding you through the legal system

Gerlach Law Firm handles the following matters:


  • Divorce
  • Paternity / Fathers' Rights
  • Child Custody (Interstate and International (UCCJEA)
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support / Alimony
  • Modifications
  • Domestic Abuse
    • Emergency (Ex Parte) Orders for Protection
    • Orders for Protection
  • Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Contempt
  • Adoption
  • Child Protection
  • Parenting Time / Visitation


  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Directives
  • Trusts


  • Guardianship / Conservatorship


Divorce, paternity, and child custody proceedings are life-impacting experiences, and we help guide our clients through the process.

Family law issues are usually difficult.  Often they involve significant emotional conflict and economic uncertainty. Our goal is to help you through this difficult time as quickly and effectively as possible. We anticipate issues and keep up-to-date on changes in the law that are important for you and your situation.

Gerlach Law Firm can ease the stress of your divorce, paternity, custody, or support case in two ways:

        First, we strive to get you a fair result.  A fair result means that your assets are equitably divided, support is set at the right amount based upon all relevant facts, and your relationship with your children is preserved.  Ideally, these results can be negotiated, but if the other side is unreasonable, your Gerlach Law Firm attorneys are tough advocates who won't back down.

        Second, we try to keep your legal costs reasonable by doing things right the first time, moving your case forward until completion, and considering at all times if the likely results will justify the amount of money spent to achieve the result.  

Gerlach Law Firm handles all kinds of cases: from the most amicable, uncontested case in which we represent one of the parties without resorting to trial; to more complicated cases, such as those that require financial and/or mental health expert involvement.

Studies show that children of high conflict custody proceedings have higher rates of depression, academic and behavior issues. A difficult custody proceeding may have a devastating impact on a couple’s children. The team at Gerlach Law Firm guides clients through this life-impacting process with an eye toward the best short and long-term interests of our clients and their family.

To set up a free initial consultation, contact Gerlach Law Firm today, or call us at (651) 438-8975.  We are conveniently located in Hastings, Minnesota.  We serve Dakota, Goodhue, Ramsey, Washington, Hennepin, Rice, Scott, Olmsted, and other Greater Minnesota Counties.  We also practice in Wisconsin, serving Pierce, St. Croix, Dunn, and other counties in Western Wisconsin. ​

Disclaimer: This website is intended for general information only, and nothing contained herein constitutes legal advice.  Use of this website shall not create an attorney-client relationship.  An attorney-client relationship with Gerlach Law Firm may be established only after:

  1. We have determined that representing you does not create a conflict of interest with any of our existing or former clients;
  2. We have agreed to represent your interest and have clearly conveyed that agreement to you; and
  3. Satisfactory payment arrangements have been made for the representation.