Minnesota Divorce FAQ’s – Pro Se

This is about filing your own divorce in Minnesota, including how hard it is to file your own divorce in Minnesota, what divorce papers need to be filed, and what the filing fees are for divorce in Minnesota.

This information is from Maury D. Beaulier, the DivorceInfo Network Lawyer for Minnesota. Click here to visit his web site.

How hard is it to file my own divorce?

The answer depends on your issues and assets.  Minnesota State Bar Association and most counties provide forms which allow parties to file their own divorce.  The forms that are provided are of the fill in the blank variety and are very limiting.  Often this results in numerous problems after a divorce is granted.  In most case, the forms should be used when  the parties possess no real estate, have no children and have separated their debt obligations.

What are the papers that need to be filed?

In order to commence a divorce a party must file a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.  Before a divorce can be finalized, the parties must present to the Court an Admission of Service demonstrating that the non-filing party has received a copy of the Summons and Petition, a Marital Termination Agreement and a proposed judgment and Decree.

What’s the filing fee for a divorce?

The filing fee for a divorce or legal separation varies slightly from county to county . However, it is approximately $146 in most counties.

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