Getting a divorce in Minneapolis
Contested divorces involving children require education course
No matter where you are in the process, we can help
We're very serious about helping people who either:
- are merely contemplating divorce--for any number of reasons--or
- have realized that divorce is the only legal route out of an unhealthy or otherwise untenable situation.
Read about state law
Before we get to the legalities of Minneapolis and Hennepin County, you should consider reading our two-part overview of what the state terms dissolution of marriage: "Divorce in Minnesota," Part 1 and Part 2.
As you will see from both parts, it may be the case that what you really need is counseling. Rest assured--if you sincerely want to prevent a divorce--talking to a compatible, experienced attorney may be your best, first step. In such a situation, it's never a bad idea to consult with a really good lawyer, who often can help with referrals for professional counseling. Plus, you can get a sense of what it would be like to proceed with a petition for divorce: costs, time involved, advantages versus disadvantages, child custody/child support, moving out of county/out of state, division of property, assignment of shared debt, and so on.
Deal with domestic violence, right now
On the other end of the spectrum--whether man or woman--you may be the victim of domestic violence, or domestic abuse. Again, see the preceding links for statewide resources. Experts and legal authorities advise that anyone dealing with such problems should seek answers and relief immediately. For Minneapolis and Hennepin County, following are some online resources:
- Minnesota Judicial Branch, Fourth District--Domestic Abuse Service Center;
- Hennepin County Domestic Abuse Service Center (same as preceding link, as of 08-21-11);
- FAQ on restraining orders;
- Emergency shelter resources;
- News story about the advantage of seeking help in Minneapolis instead of outlying areas of the county;
- Hennepin County Medical Center's page on domestic violence;
- Minneapolis Police Department, What to do page.
Hennepin County requirements
The main court page reiterates our state-overview pages, as far as residency requirements and child-from-the-marriage restrictions:
To file for divorce in Hennepin County:
- One of the spouses must have lived in Minnesota for at least six (6) months before starting the case, AND one of the spouses must now live in Hennepin County.
- Parties who have a child (or children) together and do not agree on custody or parenting time (visitation) must attend a divorce education program before the divorce will be granted.
Parties who are representing themselves can get help with divorce forms and procedures, and get referrals to resources at the Family Court Self-Help Center.
If you filed for divorce in Hennepin County, you can get copies of your divorce papers at the Family Court Records Center.
Divorce is tough, tough, tough
Many people who have gone through divorce proceedings report feelings akin to experiencing a death in the family. Don't let anyone kid you or mislead you. Even an uncontested divorce can leave you feeling drained and "washed up on the rocks." However, with appropriate counseling and competent legal advice, you can get through it and rebuild a new, vibrant life.
We can help. If you're ready to begin the search for a compatible, well trained, experienced divorce attorney, you can start with our free case evaluation. If you need more information, please browse our site, using the tabs at the top of the page.