Author Archives: Steve Yasgur

Steve Yasgur

About Steve Yasgur

Stevan Yasgur is a Collaborative Family Law attorney practicing in Edina, MN. A 1980 graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law, he was active in the organized bar early in his career and drafted legislation amending the child support law. He has tried numerous dissolution cases and resolved hundreds of others without trial. For the last decade, his practice has emphasized assisting clients in the Collaborative process. He is also a qualified Rule 114 neutral on the Supreme Court's roster of qualified neutrals. He is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, a member and past-president of the Collaborative Law Institute of Minnesota, and a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

May 1, 2015

Appreciate the Good

Most of my work as a lawyer involves representing clients in Collaborative divorces, and most of those cases involve the use of neutral experts to advise the couple on finances, child development, and communication/relationship dynamics. The idea is to provide Continue reading…

January 16, 2015

It’s Going To Be All Right

As a confirmed New Yorker subscriber, I enjoy the cartoons as much as the writing. Indeed, the cartoons alone would justify my subscription. Earlier this year, there was a drawing of a customer addressing a florist. “I want some flowers Continue reading…

September 17, 2014

Finding Silver in a Silver Mine

As I listened to the appalling news out of Ferguson, MO, last week, I was especially struck by two things: First, a veteran police officer, a retired chief of a municipal department, shared an observation that his officers made during Continue reading…

July 16, 2014

The Bookcase

Categories: DivorceFamily LawMental Health

It was actually my wife’s idea. Lose the clunky stand-alone bookshelf on the second floor landing and build in a bookcase that wraps around the stairwell. Four years ago, her father called a buddy with a sawmill up north. The Continue reading…

July 1, 2014

Whose Life Is It, Anyway?

I seem to be going through a “mourner phase,” these days.  Last month, I attended four funerals.  This month, a couple.  Frequently, these events were labeled “a celebration of life.”  Sometimes they were; other times, not so much. It’s not Continue reading…

May 21, 2014

The Eulogy

Categories: Children in DivorceDivorceParents

After the service was over, my friend, Larry, came up to me and said, “When I die, I want you to do my eulogy!” “Then he’s going to have to spend a lot more time with you,” my wife chimed Continue reading…

May 14, 2014

The Great Mandala

Sometimes Life’s lessons are subtle and elusive.  Other times, they’re less so. In mid-March, my granddaughter arrived “in the usual way”, big dark eyes and a head full of dark hair that had all the nurses exclaiming.  My stepson was Continue reading…

January 29, 2014

Jenny McCarthy and The “Soul Contract”

Categories: Children in DivorceDivorceParents

Recently, I was watching The View on ABC. The panel was discussing forgiveness when co-host Jenny McCarthy brought up how her views about her Ex had changed. She and her husband, John Asher, had a son, but apparently there were Continue reading…

January 7, 2014

Learning to Forgive in Divorce

Categories: Collaborative LawDivorce

We were deep in the holidays, a time of love, a time of sharing, a time for forgiveness.  Heading home from work last week, I was brought up short by a stunning story of forgiveness that originated in the Twin Cities, Continue reading…

December 23, 2013

Once Upon A Time . . .

“It’s a little girl,” my friend Rick said, his voice shaking with excitement. “Everybody’s fine!” A little later he said, “You know what the best part of this is? I didn’t hear about it. I was there for it!” It was an especially poignant Continue reading…