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Roadmap to Divorce in MN

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When first approaching the divorce process, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and intimidated. At Meinerts Law we like to break down this legal process into three major phases so that clients understand the status of their case and what the purpose of each procedure is. For more information on your divorce options, contact our experienced Burnsville divorce attorneys today.

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Step 1. Gather Information

Once you choose a lawyer, the divorce process in Minnesota begins with gathering information such as names of the parties, birthdates, and addresses, along with detailed financial information.

To obtain full and accurate information, your lawyer will need to scrutinize tax returns and pay stubs, bank statements and retirement plan accounts such as 401(k) plans. If there is an allegation that a spouse is unemployed or underemployed voluntarily, your lawyer will also review earnings history. If your spouse is self-employed, business income and expenses will need to be reviewed. For liabilities, all credit card statements, loans and other debts will need to be scrutinized and evaluated.

This step will create a preliminary balance sheet to have an understanding of the marital estate as a whole. Discovery may be necessary to force the other side to produce information and documents.

Step 2. Initiate the Divorce

To initiate a divorce, two documents will be prepared:

  • Summons. This is a formal notification of legal action. It provides a time for the other party to respond and a basic restraining order that prevents both parties from disposing of assets, changing insurance or disrupting the status quo.
  • Petition for dissolution of marriage. The petition is specific to your circumstances. It notifies the other party of issues such as marital property division, child custody, child support and spousal maintenance. This document includes a recognition that the parties have lived in Minnesota long enough to divorce in this state. The petition will state that the reason for divorce is an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage relationship. Since Minnesota is a no-fault state that is all you have to say. The petition ends with a prayer for relief from the court.

Our firm will seek temporary relief for child custody and visitation, child support, monthly finances, spousal maintenance and, if appropriate, attorney’s fees while your divorce is in process.

Step 3. Marital Termination Agreement

In Minnesota, your divorce will be concluded by a document known as a Marital Termination Agreement. You and your spouse, with the assistance of your respective attorneys, will try to come to an agreement on issues such as marital property division, child custody and visitation, child support and spousal maintenance. If you and your spouse are unable to agree, a court will make a decision as to how the divorce terms are defined. That generally involves a trial.

Have more questions about your divorce options? Meinerts Law is ready to help. Contact us today to request a consultation.

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