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Dissolution By Agreement:
Joint Petition for Dissolution in Minnesota

It is a common complaint that dissolution of marriage (divorce) can become unjustifiably prolonged, expensive, and bitter. Families involved in a divorce usually benefit from a quicker process which resolves the issues so that the parties can move on with their lives.

Exploring ways to minimize unnecessary expense and conflict in divorce is one goal of the Hasselbrink Law Office.

Joint Petition for Dissolution of Marriage
Minnesota provides a special simplified procedure for parties who can agree on terms of their dissolution (divorce) and complete the necessary paperwork cooperatively. Can you benefit from this simplified procedure?

Children This procedure is limited to couples who have no minor or incapacitated children.
In addition, the wife must not be pregnant and must not have given birth
since the date of the marriage to a child who is not a child of the husband.
Property     The couple must agree on all property issues. This means you are able to reach
complete agreement about property issues, and do not need the court to make
any decisions. This includes property which each person had before the marriage
and property obtained during the marriage.
Debts The couple must be able to reach complete agreement about how to divide the debts.
Alimony Alimony must be agreed upon: does the couple agree to waive any claim by one
or the other; does the couple agree as to an amount to be awarded?
Insurance Can each person provide for his or her own insurance?
Other Issues     Can the couple identify and reach agreement on the other issues present in
their specific situation?

Simplified Entry of Judgment
The court can enter a judgment without any hearing, provided the parties have been able to resolve all their issues and reduce the details to writing. The court enters a general order requiring each party to perform the acts necessary to fulfill their obligations under the agreement they have filed with the court.

What About An Attorney?
Although this procedure can simplify the steps and paperwork, each party needs legal advice for these important matters.

An attorney will provide a very valuable service. The court documents must be drafted appropriately, after careful study. For example, each party needs to identify and understand the details to be covered, determine and evaluate the interests that are involved, develop options for dealing with the issues, and explore effective ways to structure the agreement so that it works well in the future.

The written agreements and court paperwork will also be somewhat lengthy, depending upon the couple's situation. In addition, the agreements will likely require that various documents be drawn up and filed with government offices and businesses; many agreements will also require further steps to enforce them.

The parties should also plan for their new situation. New wills, account names, and beneficiary designations, for example, should be part of every dissolution of marriage or other major life event.


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Never attempt to handle a dissolution without an attorney.


** ALWAYS HAVE AN ATTORNEY REPRESENT YOU IN THESE IMPORTANT AND COMPLEX MATTERS. **


GERALD HASSELBRINK, Attorney at Law
of the Minnesota Bar and United States District Court
Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Court Rule 114 for Mediation and Arbitration

INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENTIAL, LEGAL SERVICES
PRACTICING FAMILY LAW AND COOPERATIVE DIVORCE IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA
MEDIATION, ARBITRATION, AND OTHER PRIVATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION THROUGHOUT MINNESOTA


St. Cloud - St. Joseph, Minnesota
Phone (320) 251-0222 | (320) 363-0414

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