The Divorce Process

Determining if Divorce is the Right Option

You and your spouse may determine that filing for divorce is the best solution for your family.  You may just be beginning to consider the option of divorce or maybe you are still coming to terms with the fact that your spouse served you with divorce papers.

No matter what stage you are at, you could be dealing with the divorce process in the near future, and it’s smart on your part to understand all that is involved.

Starting a Divorce

In Minnesota, a divorce does not commence when it is filed with the court. Rather, a divorce begins once one spouse (the Petitioner) causes the other spouse (the Respondent) to be personally served with the Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, typically through the use of a process server or service by mail to the spouse so long as the spouse being receiving the documents in the mail signs an acknowledgement of service by mail.

The requirements for divorce and court process in Minnesota are different than in other states, and sometimes depends on the specific rules in your county’s family law court. You will want to check with your county’s local court or a Minnesota divorce attorney in your area for specific details.

Speak with a Local Divorce Lawyer Today

If you are considering filing for divorce, you can learn more about what to expect and how to start the process by connecting with a Minnesota divorce lawyer today.  Set up a preliminary free consultation to learn more about the divorce process and get advice on what you need to consider during divorce. Call 952-856-0003952-856-0003 or fill out the form below to get in touch with a divorce attorney in Minnesota near you.

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Why Work with an Attorney During Your Divorce?

There are many reasons why it may make sense for you to retain a divorce lawyer during your divorce.

First, as simple as your goal is, the laws are often much more complex, and require attention to detail and formal procedures that may seem counter-intuitive to you.  There are also several different documents that must be filed and presented with the court, in order for the court to properly track and grant your divorce.  Knowing the requirements of each often requires years of legal experience.

Second, this period in your life can be an emotional and stressful time, even without the court requirements.  Dividing your property, finding a new place to live, and breaking the news to friends and family can be emotionally and physically draining, leaving you with little time and energy to think about all of the paperwork required for your divorce.

Third, the decisions made in your divorce can have serious and long lasting effects.  Whether or not you receive spousal support, known as spousal maintenance in Minnesota, or a claim to your spouse’s pension or 401(k) retirement can impact your financial situation for many years.  A divorce attorney in Minnesota can help you make these important decisions and understand their impact.

Finding experienced legal help is easy.  Simply fill out our divorce case review form or call 952-856-0003952-856-0003 to connect with a Minnesota attorney in your area today.

The Minnesota Divorce Process

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