This Quarter AFCC-MN is proud to highlight Laura Sahr Schmit as our member in the spotlight. Laura serves on the AFCC MN Board of Directors and the AFCC MN Membership Committee as Chair.
As Membership Chair, Laura hopes to introduce professionals in the fields of law and mental health to the issues related to children and families going through family court. In Laura’s legal practice she has seen the difference in approach between individuals who actively participate in AFCC attending lunch and learns and conferences versus those practitioners who do not take a multidisciplinary approach.
It is her hope to continue to expand AFCC to better serve the families in Minnesota. Thank you, Laura, for your support of AFCC MN!
LAURA SAHR SCHMIT provides compassionate, highly skilled legal representation to her clients in the areas of divorce, domestic abuse, paternity, third-party custody, parenting time, child support, the division of property (marital and non-marital), and spousal maintenance (also called alimony).
Laura’s philosophy for families going through divorce or custody proceedings with children is the well-being of the children is paramount. Laura took a leave of absence from the practice of law to be a stay at home mom to her three children and has a unique sensitivity to the concerns of both working parents and stay at home parents. She also has an understanding of what it is like to return to work after having been out of the workforce for a period of time and the accompanying challenges. For those individuals divorcing closer to retirement, the issues are different Laura helps clients identify what they want their life post-divorce to look like and how to achieve it. Laura is both an advocate and a counselor helping clients through life transitions with dignity, wisdom, and empathy. Laura firmly believes her clients are best served by a negotiated settlement where the client has a voice in the final agreement as opposed to submitting the matter to the court to determine the outcome. However, Laura’s background in theatre and law make her a zealous advocate in the courtroom on behalf of her clients.
Laura received her Minnesota Bar Admission in 1988, after obtaining her JD from University of Minnesota Law School. She attended Hamline University for Rule 114 mediation training in 2011.
Married, and the mother of 3 adult children and one dog, Laura is passionate about directing high school musicals and plays, sailing, skiing, white water rafting, traveling and book clubs.
She is also active in many organizations, including Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Women’s Lawyers, Cooperative Practice Network, and Family Law League.