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Valerie Ann Downing Arnold

also known as Valerie Arnold

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Family, Appeals, Alimony

About Me

Valerie Arnold is a founding partner of Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PLLC. Ms. Arnold practices in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, property division, spousal maintenance, antenuptial agreements, child support as well as interstate and international divorce and child custody.  Ms. Arnold is experienced in representing clients in divorce and child custody proceedings, Hague Convention parental child abductions, non-Hague parental child abductions, parental child abduction prevention, third-party custody and visitation, mediations, and in family law appeals.  Ms. Arnold is a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) and has published numerous articles on interstate and international family law including authoring the "Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues" chapter for the Minnesota State Bar Association's Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook.  Ms. Arnold has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on family law issues. Ms. Arnold served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Chapter of AFCC, serves on the Committee on Hague Conventions for the USA Chapter of the IAML, is a member of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, and volunteers for the Chrysalis LAW Program and the Ramsey County Pro Se Clinic. Ms. Arnold is fluent in French.


 

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Languages Spoken: French

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Divorce & Separation: 35%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Appeals: 15%
    16 years
  4. Family: 15%
    16 years
  5. Alimony: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Jeffrey Robert Arrigoni

    I endorse this lawyer. She is sensitive to her clients needs and very experienced and hard working to serve her clients in family law and divorce.

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    Jeffrey Arrigoni Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Jill I Frieders

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    Jill Frieders Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PLLC

2626 East 82nd Street, Suite 355
Minneapolis, MN, 55425-1381

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MNAuthorized to practice199704/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
"Rising Star" AttorneyMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2008
"Rising Star" AttorneyMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2006
"Rising Star" AttorneyMinnesota Law and Leading Attorneys2004
"Rising Star" AttorneyMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerArnold, Rodman & Kretchmer PLLC2010 - Present
PartnerTuft & Arnold, PLLC2005 - 2010
AssociateThomas Tuft Law Offices1999 - 2004

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts - MN ChapterBoard Member2009 - 2013
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (U.S. chapter)Fellow2008 - Present
Warren E. Burger Inn of CourtN/A2000 - Present
Minnesota Women LawyersN/A1997 - Present
Ramsey County Bar AssociationN/A1997 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/AN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarChild Custody Procedures: Form By Form; Discovery, Pre-Trial & Trial2013
National Business Institute SeminarLegal Guide to Interstate Divorce Proceedings2012
Minnesota CLEFamily Law 50: Interstate and International2012
National Business Institute SeminarComplex Child Custody and Support Issues in Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA2012
Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law ForumInnovations in Resolving International Family Law Cases in Tough Economic Times2011
National Business Institute SeminarChild Custody and Support in Interstate Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA2011
National Business Institute SeminarEvidence Tactics in Divorce: Witness Testimony2011
Minnesota State Bar AssociationInterstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues2011
National Business Institute SeminarThe Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction2010
Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law ForumInterstate & International Civil and Criminal Remedies to Parents of Children Who Have Been Kidnapped2008
Minnesota Child Custody and Support DeskbookInterstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues2006
Bench & Bar of MinnesotaInternational Parental Child Abduction2004
Ramsey County Bar Association BarristerInterpreting and the Law2003
Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law ForumInternational Custody Jurisdiction: The Hague Convention2002
Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law ForumPreventing Parental Kidnapping: Jurisdictional and Enforcement Issues2002
Bench & Bar of MinnesotaDeterming Child Custody Across Jurisdictions1999

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJuris Doctor1997
University of MinnesotaFrenchM.A.1992
Universite de Savoie, FranceFrench linguisticsMaitrise de Lettres Modernes: certificat en linguistique1990
University of MinnesotaFrench (Minor in Linguistics)B.A.1988

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
National WebcastChild Custody Procedures: Form By Form; Discovery, Pre-Trial & Trial2013
Family Law InstituteFamily Law 50: Interstate and International2013
National WebcastComplex Child Custody and Support Issues in Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA2012
National WebcastLegal Guide to Interstate Divorce Proceedings2012
Hague SymposiumRole of the Lawyer: Representing the Left-Behind Parent2012
Family Law 50Interstate and International2012
National WebcastChild Custody Jurisdiction under the UCCJEA: Navigating the Complexities2011
National TeleconferenceChild Custody and Support in Interstate Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA2011
National TeleconferenceEvidence Tactics in Divorce: Witness Testimony2011
Minnesota CLEInterstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues2011
Tubman Family Alliance - LSC TrainingInterstate Child Custody and the UCCJEA2010
National TeleconferenceHague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction2010
IAML AGM Conference Queenstown, New ZealandDefenses to Hague Convention Cases in the United States: Current Trends2010
Anoka County Bar Association CLEThe UCCJEA: Navigating Family Law Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Issues2010
International Leadership Visitor ProgramInternational Parental Child Abduction2009
Family Law InstituteInterstate and International Parental Child Abduction2009
Dakota County Law Library CLEInternational Divorce and Child Custody2009
Minnesota State Bar AssociationInterstate and International Relocation2008
Washington County Bar Association, CLEThird Party Custody2007
Minnesota CLEInterstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues2006
University of Minnesota Department of Translating and InterpretingAmerican Law for Interpreters2005
Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationThird-Party Custody and Visitation2005
Lorman Education ServicesCustody Issues: An Overview of Child Custody Law in Minnesota2002
Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationInterstate Enforcement of Child Support and Child Custody Orders2000
Lorman Education ServicesChildren's Records Law in Minnesota: Medical and Mental Health Records2000
University of Minnesota Institute of International StudiesTopics in European Studies: An Introduction to Human Rights1998