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Minneapolis Divorce Lawyers

Divorce is a major life event that requires financial preparedness and sound legal advice. At Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C., our Minneapolis divorce lawyers aim to empower our clients through the process of dissolution by providing them with options so they can make the best decisions for themselves as they transition from married to divorced. We seek to educate our clients during the process and strive to come to an amicable resolution whenever possible.

Our qualified attorneys can help with all aspects of your divorce, including:

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FAQ About the Divorce Process


What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Minnesota?

Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state, meaning if you and your spouse feel that your marriage is irretrievably broken, you do not need to show fault to file for a divorce. You can state that an irretrievable breakdown lead to the divorce.

How Do I Begin the Divorce Process?

To initiate a divorce, one spouse must complete a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Minnesota. Within this petition will be important information, such as income, property, debts, and whether you have any children together. Once this petition is complete, it will need to be served to the other spouse. If you need help navigating how to file for divorce in MN or MN divorce laws, call a dissolution lawyer at our family law firm at (612) 712-3890.

What's the Difference Between Contested & Uncontested Divorce?

An uncontested divorce is where you and your spouse have reached an agreement about all matters in your divorce, including child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution.

In a contested divorce, you and your spouse disagree on one or more of these issues and require additional help to reach a settlement. This may happen during mediation or you both might have to go to court.

Is There a Waiting Period to File for Divorce in MN?

There is no waiting period to file for divorce in Minnesota.

What Are the State Requirements to File for Divorce?

The state requires that one spouse must have lived in Minnesota for at least 180 days prior to completion of the Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Also, you must file your court forms with the district court in the county where the spouse who resides in the state is currently residing.

Does It Matter Which Spouse Files for Divorce First?

The circumstances of each couple’s divorce proceedings vary. As such, it is difficult to determine whether one spouse may have an advantage over the other for filing for divorce first. To get a better idea of how this factor may impact your divorce, it would be best to speak with an experienced divorce attorney.

How Long Does the Divorce Process Take?

The amount of time it will take to finalize your divorce depends on a few factors, including whether you and your spouse can collaborate and reach a favorable outcome outside of court. More difficult divorce cases where both parties disagree about many marital issues can take years to resolve. The best way to get a quick divorce in Minnesota is to keep it uncontested. As each case is unique, the length of your divorce will be so as well.

How Much Does Divorce Cost in Minnesota?

It will cost you approximately $400 to file a petition to get divorced. Serving your spouse could cost you anywhere from $50 to $100. After, you will need to pay attorney fees, motion fees, courtroom fees, and other additional expenses. The more complicated your case, the more you may have to pay, which is why it is advisable to work with an attorney experienced in complex divorce proceedings.

Where Will I Live and How Do I Support Myself During a Divorce?

You can file a Request for Temporary Relief to help support yourself financially while going through a divorce. It is not uncommon to pursue such an order to cover living expenses during this time.

Why Choose Mack & Santana Law Offices?


Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C. is led by a talented team of attorneys with decades of combined legal experience. We are detail-oriented, strategic planners who put our clients first in everything we do. Both of our founding attorneys are Qualified Mediators under Rule 114, which provides our clients with a cost-effective option to work out the terms of their divorce cooperatively and without the expense of going to court. Whether your divorce can be amicably resolved through mediation or if litigation is the more appropriate course of action, our Minneapolis divorce lawyers have the skill and tenacity to help you reach the best possible result for you and your family.

Reach out online or call our firm today at (612) 712-3890 to learn how our Minneapolis divorce lawyers can assist you with your divorce. Hablamos Español.