Valerie A. Arnold

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Minneapolis, MN

Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer P.A.
 | 2626 East 82nd Street, Suite 355
Minneapolis, MN 55425
Phone: 952-955-8008
Fax: 952-955-8009
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2004, 2006, 2008
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (90%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Valerie A. Arnold is an attorney and shareholder at Arnold, Rodman & Kretchmer P.A., located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Ms. Arnold practices in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody disputes, third-party custody and visitation cases as well as international family law including Hague Convention matters.

Ms. Arnold is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, an international organization composed of family law attorneys known for their knowledge and experience with international family law matters. Ms. Arnold has authored numerous publications on international and interstate family law. 

In addition to her law practice, lecturing, writing and participating in professional organizations, Ms. Arnold also serves as a volunteer for the Ramsey County Family Court Pro Se Clinic and Tubman Family Alliance. 

 
Practice Areas
  • 90%Family Law
  • 10%Appellate
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law, Appeals

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2004, 2006, 2008

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About Valerie Arnold

Admitted: 1997, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.minneapolisdivorceattorneys.us/valerie-arnold-esq...

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL)
  • Warren E. Burger Inn of Court
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2004
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Supreme Court, 1997
  • Member, The Committee on Hague Conventions (USA Chapter of IAML)
  • Co-Chair, Ramsey County Bar Association CLE Oversight Committee, St. Paul, MN (August 2002 – May 2006)
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Attorney, Chrysalis Center for Women (2003 to present)Volunteer Attorney, Ramsey County Pro Se Clinic (2004 to present)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, Lorman Education Services, Bloomington, Minnesota (March 2001 & March 2002) "Custody Issues: An Overview of Child Custody Law in Minnesota"  
  • "Interpreting and the Law," Ramsey County Bar Association Barrister, February 2003, co-author Bruce T. Downing, Ph.D.
  • Speaker, Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Saint Paul, Minnesota (September  2000) "Interstate Enforcement of Child Support and Child Custody Orders"  
  • "International Custody Jurisdiction: The Hague Convention," Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Forum, Spring 2002, Volume 12, No. 3, co-author Thomas W. Tuft
  • Speaker, Lorman Education Services, Bloomington, Minnesota (August  2000) "Children's Records Law in Minnesota: Medical and Mental Health Records"  
  • "Preventing Parental Kidnapping: Jurisdictional and Enforcement Issues,"Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Forum, Spring 2002, Volume 12, No. 3, co-author Thomas W. Tuft
  • Co-Speaker, Tubman, Minneapolis, Minnesota (December 2013) "The Intersections of Family Law and Immigration Law"  
  • "Determining Child Custody Across Jurisdictions," Bench & Bar, December 1999, Volume LVI Number XI, co-author Thomas W. Tuft
  • Co-Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2013)Family Law Series: "Motions, Appeals, and Interstate and International Issues"  
  • "Parental Kidnapping and Child Safety: Current Case Law Trends," MILE Seminar, Bloomington, MN (April 1999), co-author Thomas W. Tuft
  • Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (May 2013) "Child Custody Procedures: Form by Form – Discovery" and "Child Custody Procedures: Form by Form – PreTrial and Trial"  
  • Speaker, Family Law Institute, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, St. Paul, Minnesota (March 2013) Family Law 50: "Interstate and International Cases"  
  • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2012)Family Law 50: "Interstate and International Cases"  
  • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 2012)Family Law Series: "Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues"  
  • Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (August 2012) "Complex Child Custody and Support Issues In Divorce"  
  • Speaker, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, US Chapter  (June 2012) Hague Symposium – "Role of the Lawyer: Representing the Left-Behind Parent"  
  • Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (April 2012) "Legal Guide to Interstate Divorce Proceedings"
  • Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (November 2011) "Child Custody and Support in Interstate Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA"
  • Speaker, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 2011) "Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues"  
  • Speaker, Strafford Publications, National Teleconference (October 2011) "Child Custody Jurisdiction Under the UCCJEA: Navigating the Complexities; Determining Where to Initiate or Maintain a Custody Action and Leveraging Enforcement or Modification Remedies"  
  • Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (July 2011) "Evidence Tactics in Divorce: Witness Testimony"  
  • Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (March 2011) "Child Custody and Support in Interstate Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA"
  • Speaker, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers International Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand (September 2010) "Defenses to Hague Convention Cases in the United States: Current Trends"  
  • Speaker, Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Saint Paul, Minnesota (April 2000) "Taming the Beast: The Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act"  
  • "Child Custody Procedures: Form by Form – Discovery," Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2013 NBI, Inc.
  • "Child Custody Procedures: Form by Form – PreTrial and Trial," Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2013 NBI, Inc.
  • Speaker, 35th Annual Family Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 2014) "5 Unresolved Issues for Same-Sex Couples"  
  • "Family Law 50: Interstate and International" Chapter, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, November 2012
  • Speaker, Anoka County Bar Association, Anoka, Minnesota (July 2010) "The UCCJEA: Navigating Family Law Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Issues"  
  • Manual: "Complex Child Custody and Support Issues in Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA," Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2012 NBI, Inc.
  • Speaker, Anoka County Bar Association, Anoka, Minnesota (July 2010) "The UCCJEA: Navigating Family Law Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Issues"  
  • Manual: "Legal Guide to Interstate Divorce Proceedings," Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2012 NBI, Inc.
  • Speaker, NBI, Inc., National Teleconference (May 2010) "The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction"  
  • "Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues," Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, October 2011
  • Speaker, Tubman, Minneapolis, Minnesota (March 2010) "Interstate Child Custody and the UCCJEA"
  • Manual: "Evidence Tactics in Divorce: Witness Testimony," Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2011 NBI, Inc.
  • Speaker, Dakota County, Apple Valley, Minnesota (December 2009) "International Divorce and Child Custody"
  • Manual: "Child Custody and Support Issues in Interstate Divorce: UCCJEA and UIFSA," Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2011 NBI, Inc.
  • Presented talk on international parental child abduction to a group of international visitors invited by the U.S. State Department to participate in the International Leadership Visitor Program., Speaker, U.S. Department of State’s International Leadership Visitor Program, Trafficking in Persons and Crimes Against Women and Children, Maplewood, Minnesota (July 2009)
  • "Innovations in Resolving International Family Law Cases in Tough Economic Times," Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Forum, Winter 2010/11, Volume 19, No. 1.
  • Speaker, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Institute, Saint Paul, Minnesota (March 2009) "Interstate and International Parental Child Abduction"  
  • Manual: "The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction," Continuing Legal Education for Professionals, 2010 NBI, Inc.
  • Speaker, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 2008) "Interstate and International Relocation"  
  • "Interstate & International Civil and Criminal Remedies to Parents of Children Who Have Been Kidnapped," Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Forum, Fall 2008, Volume 17, No. 1, co-author Scott Rodman
  • Speaker, Washington County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Stillwater, Minnesota (April 2007) "Third Party Custody"  
  • Speaker, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 2006) "Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues"
  • "Interstate and International Jurisdiction and Custody Issues," Minnesota Custody and Child Support Deskbook, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, September 2006, co-author Thomas W. Tuft
  • Speaker, Ramsey County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Saint Paul, Minnesota (January 2005) "Third-Party Custody and Visitation"
  • "International Parental Child Abduction," Bench & Bar, December 2004, Volume LXI Number XI, co-author Thomas W. Tuft

Educational Background:

  • University of Minnesota, Department of French and Italian, Minneapolis, MN, M.A. French (1992), Related Field: Art History  
  • University of Minnesota, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Minneapolis, MNDoctoral student in Second Languages and Cultures (1992 – 1994)  
  • Université de Savoie, Chambéry, France; Maîtrise de Lettres Modernes: certificat en linguistique (French Master's degree in linguistics)  , 1990

Industry Groups

  • AFCC-MN
  • American Bar Association
  • International Academy Of Family Lawyers
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Warren E. Burger Inn Of Court
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Office Location for Valerie A. Arnold

2626 East 82nd Street
Suite 355
Minneapolis, MN 55425

Phone: 952-955-8008

Fax: 952-955-8009

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