Minnesota Family Law Attorney
Serving Clients in Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, Excelsior, and Medina
With nearly 20 years of high profile experience as a family law attorney, today Beth W. Barbosa focuses her practice on complex cases of high marital assets that draw on her ability to engage authorities with specialized talent and expertise such as financial neutrals, independent business appraisers, real estate authorities and others with specialized knowledge. She does this to both protect and advance her client’s interests.
“Regardless of the particulars of a specific case,” Beth explains, “my goal is to ensure that each spouse moves forward with dignity and grace after the proceeding has concluded.”
Beyond complex property division and spousal maintenance matters, Beth represents clients across a broad range of family law issues such as custody, parenting time, child support, pre-nuptial agreements and post-decree actions.
“Clients count on me for more than my experience in family law,” she notes. “Divorce is often a period of deep, personal upheaval and I strive to provide clients with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that I’ll be there whenever they need me.”
The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) also counts on Beth. In addition to serving on the Hennepin County Bar Association’s Fourth District Ethics Committee, she was appointed to the Family Law Form Committee where she was the main contributor to revising the forms used by other family law attorneys in Minnesota. Beth also presents on emerging family law issues at Continuing Legal Education events and speaks once a month at a program in suburban St. Paul that focuses on the financial aspects of divorce.
One of the reasons she is such an accomplished family law attorney is that, beyond being an accomplished litigator, Beth is a skilled negotiator having been trained at the Harvard Negotiation Institute. This skill often comes into play in her role as a credentialed Parenting Time Expeditor.
Beth W. Barbosa earned her J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1998. She completed her undergraduate studies at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she studied Political Science.
MEMBERSHIPS AND BAR ADMISSIONS
- Admitted to the Minnesota Bar Association, 2002
- Admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, 2011
- Admitted to the Connecticut Bar Association, 1999
- Member of the Minnesota Bar Association
- Member of Hennepin County Bar Association Fourth District Ethics Committee
- Member of the Ramsey County Bar Association
- Member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Graduate of the Harvard Negotiation Institute, 2012
- Certified as a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice
- Trained Parenting Time Expeditor
- Member, Family Law Form Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association
- Board Member, Walking Shadow Theater Company, a Minneapolis-based company producing smart, exciting, and savvy entertainment
- “Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish”, presented to National Business Institute, November, 29 2017.
- “Tax Reform: Cutting Deduction for Spousal Maintenance will Hurt Children”, Star Tribune, November 2017.
- “Managing a Dissolution Case with Confidence and Efficiency,” Minnesota State Bar Association, October 2017.
- “Dividing Assets in Divorce: The Ultimate Guide” CLE webinar, presented to attorneys and paralegals from all over the U.S., October 2017.
Physician – I represented a physician in his divorce and as part of the process, worked with other professionals to estimate the value of his practice as it had the potential to affect his spousal maintenance obligation. I retained a neutral appraiser to value the business side of his practice, and a financial neutral to provide a three-year spending analysis. These showed that the wife’s request for spousal maintenance was too high, which resulted in us negotiating a maintenance buyout and property settlement. This allowed the physician to maintain his business without interference from his ex-spouse.
Chief Executive Officer – I represented the CEO of a land development business in his divorce where a major sticking point was the value of his business. I retained an appraiser knowledgeable in land development who found that the business as it existed at the time had little to no value. We also retained a financial neutral. As a result of this collaboration, we negotiated a settlement in which my client paid no maintenance to his former spouse.
Physician – We represented a doctor in a divorce matter where there was a potential claim for spousal maintenance. The wife had supported my client through medical school and his residency period and was requesting spousal maintenance. We negotiated a settlement where my client did not pay ongoing spousal maintenance.
Business Partner – In this case, I represented the wife of the owner of a closely held business. At issue was the need to establish a fair buyout price of the business as well as a determination of ongoing spousal maintenance. We retained a business appraiser to determine the value of the company as well as a financial neutral who performed a cash flow analysis. As a result, we were able to engage in mediation, successfully negotiating a buyout of the business and an award of spousal maintenance.
Corporate Vice President – A retired corporate vice president retained me in a divorce matter where he faced potential exposure to on ongoing spousal maintenance obligation. I negotiated a multimillion dollar property settlement that eliminated the need for my client to pay ongoing spousal maintenance to his ex-wife.
Nurse Anesthetist – I represented a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, whose husband was claiming spousal maintenance and a division of his outstanding university loans. We engaged in a mediation process that resulted in no spousal maintenance being owed to the husband and his agreement to take on the full obligation of his student loans. The couple agreed to an equal division of marital debts.
Chief Executive Officer –In representing a financial industry CEO, spousal maintenance and stock ownership were key issues. I retained a financial neutral to value the stock and perform a cash flow analysis for spousal maintenance. As a result of the process we initiated, a lower maintenance obligation was awarded than was requested originally.
Attorney – An attorney going through a divorce retained me to deal with potential spousal maintenance issues, an equal allocation of debt, division of non-marital property and the spouse’s potential interest in my client’s law practice. An attempt at mediation failed so the case went to trial. The court denied the wife any spousal maintenance, awarded my client all of his non-marital property, and determined there would be an equal allocation of marital debt. Finally, my client was awarded his entire interest in his law practice.
I have been working with Beth Barbosa for almost a year. When things get tough, she works harder. She has helped me immensely! Her knowledge, work ethic, and determination has guided me in the right direction. Not only is she a good lawyer, but she is down to earth and personable. I would highly recommend her.
Ms. Barbosa’s expertise and knowledge in family law combined with her strong advocacy skills, compassion, understanding and superb responsiveness helped me reach a timely, fair and equitable settlement. [Her] collaborative and practical approach allowed me to navigate the extremely emotional and difficult process of divorce. Ms. Barbosa is a true professional and I would highly recommend her to anyone needing legal counsel in family law.
You are always willing to go above and beyond to do the best for your clients. You tell the truth no matter what to insure your clients don’t get their hopes up. If I left a message, you answered or called back ASAP and if I was really upset you were right there to talk me through it. You are a very compassionate soul and loving person. You are driven and work hard to get it done right.
I was very fortunate to have Beth Barbosa accept my divorce case that had already been in process for nearly 8 months. She was exceptional in getting up to speed in a very heated complex divorce that was going to full trial. Beth is superior in her professionalism, knowledge and ability to know when, what and how to present and argue facts in the case. Though I have to admit at times it was tough, I quickly learned to trust her and the outcome could not have been any better. I don’t know how I would have made it through without her knowledge, support and dedication 24/7 to my case from start to finish. There are no words to express my gratitude, Beth. THANK YOU for everything you have done for me and always being available day, night or weekend over the last almost 3 years!
I really appreciate the way you were so available to my questions even before we were officially under retainer. In my case, this was a several-month process given I had the bankruptcy case to navigate first. This really built a feeling of trust that you were working in my best interest. I also appreciated the fact that you laid out a very realistic view of how the outcome of this process would look. […] Finally, while maintaining professionalism, I also felt you talked to and respected me like a friend. In a process that at times felt as lonely as a divorce, this was a nice and welcome part of our attorney/client relationship.