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Divorce (Dissolution of Marriage) in Minnesota

Dissolution of marriage (divorce) in Minnesota involves a court proceeding in which the judge will issue Orders dissolving the marriage, dividing assets and liabilities, and covering other matters involving the adults and children. If there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the relationship, then either party can request a divorce from the court.

If there are minor children, the orders generally establish times the parents spend with the children and cover insurance and financial obligations. Where necessary, the court can sometimes make special orders relating to personal contact, property or credit, and the like.

Children's well-being is important from the very beginning: as the parents are adjusting to a new lifestyle, are they finding ways to handle parenting responsibilities and payment of child-related expenses? Assets and obligations must also be allocated: do the parents agree how the property and debts and future expenses should be divided?

Divorce with Dignity is a non-technical term generally referring to an approach where the parties seek resolution of the issues with no or minimal resort to court hearings and contentious procedures. In my experience, many couples can benefit from this approach, and I often provide these services for clients.

Cost: It is very difficult to predict the overall expense of a dissolution. Filing fees alone typically exceed $250, and there are additional court costs for certified copies and other items. Attorney fees are generally based upon the number of hours required.

In general, an attorney can represent only one party. Occasionally, one spouse will retain and work with an attorney and the other will waive the right to legal counsel; even in this situation, however, the unrepresented party should have the terms of any agreement or other document reviewed by a second attorney, to ensure an understanding of the legal consequences.

Out-of-Wedlock Children and Step-Children. In Minnesota, special rules apply to these children. They must be provided for very carefully in any dissolution, estate planning, life insurance, or other overall plan for their care.

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Once you have thought through these issues, contact our office for a confidential, no-charge discussion of your situation. If it is a matter we can undertake, then we will send a worksheet for your use in organizing the important information, and arrange for a personal appointment.

With more than 20 years of family law experience, in central Minnesota and the Metro counties, we offer personal attention and a creative approach to these important matters.


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 AND THE TWIN CITIES
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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