Getting a Divorce in Minnesota? Here’s What’s Ahead of You

Divorce is rarely easy. It's a major life event that can take an enormous toll on you in many ways. However, with good legal advice and counsel from knowledgeable St. Paul family lawyers, you can ease the pain and work through the process successfully.

To file for divorce, or as it's called in Minnesota, a dissolution of marriage, one of the parties must meet the basic residency requirement - 180 days living in the state. Also, since Minnesota's divorce law is based on a "no fault" system, one of the parties must believe that the marriage cannot be saved for the union to be dissolved.

Beyond those basics, the complexity of your case depends on your specific situation. Do you have children? Do you own property? Are you in debt? These and your answers to other questions determine how long it takes to settle your divorce.

As you might expect, a dissolution requires a lot of documentation. Here are some of the forms and other supporting paperwork you'll have to complete with the help of experienced divorce lawyers in Minnesota:

  • A Summons and Petition starts the course of action. One party writes and serves it on the other according to court-specified procedures.
  • Your partner's Answer dictates the next step. Depending on mutual agreement or disagreement, you'll have more work to do.
  • You may have to file a Motion for Temporary Relief that essentially requests intervention from a judge. For example, if you have children, the court may issue a Temporary Order for child custody.
  • When your case reaches a conclusion, the Final Divorce decree makes it official.

If you are contemplating a divorce proceeding, call the experienced attorneys at Bowden ♦ Cyr, PLLC. With over 35 years of combined experience, they can support and guide you through this often difficult and emotional process.