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.

http://www.mncourts.gov/help-topics/divorce.aspx

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

Jessica Sterle