Minnesota Divorce Lawyer

Minnesota is a “no-fault” state.  A no-fault divorce allows a couple to divorce without either spouse having to prove the other did anything wrong such as infidelity or abuse.  Minnesota law defines “no-fault” divorce as an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship.”

A divorce generally involves a division of marital assets and debts and if there are children, a determination about custody and child support.  In some cases, there may also be the issue of spousal maintenance (alimony).

Divorce Attorney Minneapolis

In Minnesota, a divorce is initiated when one spouse serves the other with a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.   A Petition outlines what the initiating party wants, depending on their unique circumstances.   Once the Summons and Petition have been served, the responding party has 30 days to respond.  Whether you have been served with divorce papers or wish to initiate a divorce, it is advisable that you contact an attorney who is knowledgeable in divorce law to guide you through the process.

It is impossible to know how long any one divorce will take as there are too many variables involved.  Generally, the more contentious the situation, the longer the divorce will take.  This also obviously adds to the cost.  In most cases the timeline from start to finish is between four and twelve months.  There are a number of options available to assist people in resolving issues such as mediation and various kinds of evaluations, particularly when custody is disputed.

Contact the Law Office of Cynthia J Miller

If you or someone you know is in need of a qualified Minnesota Divorce Attorney, contact the Law Office of Cynthia J Miller today at (651) 336-4006. We offer two locations in Princeton and Minneapolis and provide free consultations.