If you are moving toward a divorce, you are facing a major transition in your life. The outcome of your divorce will significantly affect you and your children’s lives well into the future. As such, it is in your best interest to work closely with an experienced Stillwater divorce lawyer to help ensure that your rights are well protected and that you are well prepared to move forward with your post-divorce life.
Minnesota law refers to divorce as the dissolution of marriage, and these cases are decided in family courts. Ultimately, the court ends or dissolves a marriage when it enters the Judgement and Decree – the final divorce papers – into its records. The Judgment and Decree delineate the court’s final determinations regarding the important components of your divorce, including:
Minnesota is a no-fault divorce state, which means that neither of your needs to show that the other spouse is at fault for the dissolution of your marriage. Instead, you’ll need to show that your marital relationship has irretrievably broken down, which amounts to relaying that you will never live together as a married couple again. Generally, this involves having lived apart from one another for at least 180 days prior to filing for divorce – or showing that there is serious marital discord.
To obtain a divorce in Minnesota, at least one of you – you and/or your divorcing spouse – must have been a resident of the state for at least 180 days (6 months) before you can file. Your divorce forms must be filed with the district court in the Teas county in which at least one of you is living.
Regardless of where they’re stationed or deployed to, military personnel can file in Minnesota if they’ve retained their Minnesota residency.
If you are going through a divorce and the court has issued no orders in the interim, you and your spouse both retain the same rights that you had as a married couple regarding your children and your finances. If the court has issued orders regarding child support, custody and visitation, and/or anything else, those orders delineate your rights, and you are both required to adhere to them.
Divorce is never easy, and every divorce has its own unique complications. Further, if you’re facing a divorce, the consequences are far too great to leave to chance; you need an experienced divorce lawyer on your side. The dedicated divorce lawyers at Atticus Family Law in Stillwater are committed to working closely with you to help effectively and efficiently resolve your divorce issues and to help you obtain a divorce decree that works for you and your children. For more information, we invite you to contact our dedicated legal team today.
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