Divorce in Minnesota

Minnesota is nicknamed the Bread and Butter State and here divorce is called a Dissolution of Marriage.

To obtain a divorce in Minnesota, you or your spouse must have lived in the state (or stationed in the state of Minnesota as a member of the armed services) for at least 180 days before you can file for divorce.1

The state of Minnesota is exclusively a no-fault divorce state, and the only grounds for the dissolution of marriage are considered no-fault. The judge will grant you a divorce if s/he finds that there is an irretrievable breakdown of your marriage. There are no fault-based grounds in MN.2

Minnesota is an equitable distribution property state, and only property acquired during the marriage is subject to division following divorce. Minnesota divorce laws attempt to divide marital property equitably and fairly. The courts will also consider factors such as non-monetary contributions, and economic misconduct during the property division case.3

1Minn. Stat. § 518.07(1)

2Minn. Stat. § 518.06(1)

3Minn. Stat. § 518.58