Legal Topics Directory
- Wherever the word "divorce" is used in the statutes, it has the same meaning as "dissolution" or "dissolution of marriage."
- Click on these links for Minnesota Statutes: Marriage Dissolution - Chapter 518, Maintenance and Support - Chapter 518A, index topic Dissolution of Marriage.
Additional statutes, regulations and opinions may apply to your specific situation.
General Rules of Practice
(with amendments effective July 1, 2011, unless noted otherwise below)
- Title I. Rules Applicable to All Court Proceedings (effective December 3, 2013): Adobe PDF
- Title II. Rules Governing Civil Actions (effective July 1, 2013): Adobe PDF
- Title IV. Rules of Family Court Procedure (effective January 1, 2014): Adobe PDF
- Title IX. Jury Management Rules: Adobe PDF
- Title X. Rules of Guardian Ad Litem Procedure
- Special Rules for the Pilot Expedited Civil Litigation Track: Adobe PDF
- Appendix of Forms
Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure (rules that govern the process of civil litigation).
What if I Can't Find My Spouse to Serve Papers?
- In a Dissolution of Marriage case, the Petitioner arranges to have someone else hand-deliver the Summons and Petition to the petitioner's spouse. This is called "personal service."
- In some cases, it is not possible to find the spouse, and the Petitioner must ask the judge to order the Summons and Petition delivered some other (alternate) way.
- The judge's order can say that the papers must be mailed to the spouse's last known address and/or mailed to another address (like a relative's home) where it is likely the papers will be given to the spouse.
- The judge can also order the Summons to be published in a legal newspaper. The cost of publishing the summons must be paid by Petitioner, unless Petitioner gets a fee waiver (In Forma Pauperis or "IFP") signed by a judge that specifically waives the service of process and publication costs.
Source: MN State Courts
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