Q: This is my second divorce. My first was in Ohio. Does Minnesota have similar laws and processes? How do I find out what’s different?

A:    In the State of Minnesota a divorce is called a “Dissolution of Marriage.”  Getting divorced is a lot more complicated than getting married, and it can take several months before your divorce is final.

To get a divorce in Minnesota one of the spouses must have lived in Minnesota for 180 days before filing for divorce.

If there are children involved, then according to Minn. Stat. § 518.157 the divorcing couple must attend a parent education program within the judicial district for the purpose of educating parents about the impact that divorce, the restructuring of families, and judicial proceedings have upon children and families; methods for preventing parenting time conflicts; and dispute resolution options. 

For a comprehensive overview of the processes in Minnesota you will want to familiarize yourself with the information on this helpful website from the Minnesota Judicial Branch.


Your attorney can also help you wade through this information and help you focus on what is pertinent and most essential to get right.

Divorce in Minnesota Resources


Jessica Sterle