There are different Minnesota divorce forms. These include forms for starting a divorce procedure, forms for responding to divorce proceedings, forms for temporary orders among others. All you need to do is get the right form and download it for free from our website. Before filing for a divorce in Minnesota, there are some legal requirements that you need to look in to.
For divorce proceedings to take place in Minnesota, one of the spouses must have been residing here at least 180 days immediately prior to the divorce petition.
The legal grounds for divorce in Minnesota require that the couple should have lived separately for at lest 180 days or there should be serious marital discord where one or both the parties has issues that affect his/her attitude towards the marriage.
One can file for legal separation and the court is the one that rules out if the spouses need it. One of the spouses must have been a resident here for at least 6 months before filing the petition.
It is easier when both parties file for the divorce jointly as this reduces paper work and saves time. There is no need for summons. The law in Minnesota allows for a joint divorce petition.
Where children are involved, joint or single custody can be acquired. The court looks at the best interest of the child first and sometimes, the wishes of the parents. There are many other factors that are considers such as the mental and physical health of the child, his preference if he is of age among others.
The legal requirement in Minnesota while dividing the property is that each spouse maintains his or her non-marital property. This is an 'equitable distribution’ State and therefore marital property is divided without regard to fault after some factors such as age, occupation and contribution of the spouses is considered. Alimony can also be awarded without a regard to marital fault.
(Forms were collected from Minnesota Judicial Branch official website)