Minnesota Divorce FAQs

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Divorce faqsHow do I file a divorce complaint?

The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is a form that you must file with the court clerk (the location varies based on your jurisdiction).


What forms do I need to file for divorce?

When you begin the filing process, you will need to file a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, which must be answered by your spouse. If both spouses agree on how to settle all issues in the divorce, they can sign a Joint Petition for Divorce.


What evidence do I need to garner for divorce in Minnesota?

Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state You must simply show that the marriage is irrevocably broken. If your spouse contests this, you may be obligated to enter mediation or go to trial.


Is it possible to get divorced without a lawyer?

While some couples find that they can end their divorce amicably without a lawyer, it is rare that the entire process can be completed without complaint. Most find that having a lawyer to represent their interests leads to more favorable outcomes in divorce proceedings.


Can I get spousal support?

Spousal support obligations follow a very complicated formula that considers the duration of the marriage, the “way of life” throughout the marriage, financial considerations for both parties, educational discrepancies attained during marital years, age, and a number of other factors. If any of these factors put you at a disadvantage compared to your spouse, you may be eligible for spousal support.


When can I file for divorce in Minnesota?

Minnesota law requires you to reside in Minnesota for 180 days prior to filing for divorce.


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