What Does It Take To Get Divorced In Minnesota?

You want to separate from your spouse. You've examined the pros and cons, and while you may not know everything the future holds, you're fairly certain that divorce is your best option. What you may not realize is that, even though Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state, you'll have to convince the state of Minnesota that your marriage is "irretrievably broken" and a dissolution of marriage warranted.

At Restovich Braun & Associates, we have been cultivating the compassionate legal techniques needed to help people navigate the tricky legal aspects of emotionally charged family law issues for more than 25 years. We play hard, but we play fair — and we're devoted to ensuring that your divorce benefits you to the maximum possible extent.

Understanding Minnesota's Divorce Rules

Although the requirements for getting a divorce in Minnesota seem fairly straightforward, the process is rarely quite so simple in practice. Most couples who want to formalize their separation must first satisfy a few requirements, including:

  • Having had at least one person residing in-state for 180 consecutive days before the divorce filing
  • Having experienced an "irretrievable breakdown" of the marriage

While people can't enter valid legal defenses against divorce or separation petitions, the state has extensive laws regarding matters such as alimony (also known as spousal support or maintenance), child custody and asset division. Since getting divorced is about turning over a fresh new leaf, it's in your best interests to plan ahead with the help of an experienced lawyer.

Let Us Help You Prepare For A Smoother Divorce

Before filing for divorce, it's wise to have all of your other affairs in order. For instance, if you anticipate having to divide marital property, then you may benefit from creating a separation agreement so the court doesn't force you to accept a split that neither party agrees with.

At Restovich Braun & Associates, our attorneys make it easier for you to confront emotional, complex legal issues. Whether you're worried about what might happen to your kids or want to petition for alimony, we're confident in our ability to inform your decision-making with sound advice. Contact us online or call 507-218-2004 to find out how we can help you. From our office in Rochester, we help people throughout southeastern Minnesota.