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Additional statutes, regulations and opinions may apply to your specific situation.

Source:  Office of the Revisor of Statutes


Court Rules

General Rules of Practice

(with amendments effective July 1, 2011, unless noted otherwise below)

Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure (rules that govern the process of civil litigation).


What if I Can't Find My Spouse to Serve Papers?

What if I can't serve the papers because I can't find my spouse?

  • If you cannot find your spouse, you must get permission from the court to publish a notice of the divorce in the newspaper or post a notice in the courthouse.
  • This is called a Motion to Serve by Publication or Posting.




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