Also See: Minnesota Marriage Laws
Statute: Minnesota State Divorce Code (Chapter 518): revisor.leg.state.mn.us
No-Fault Grounds: Irretreivable breakdown defined as living separate and apart for at least 180 prior to filing or serious marital discord
Residency: Either party must be a resident of the state for at least 180 days prior to filing
Legal Separation Recognized? Yes, but only if a petition for divorce has not been filed.
Counseling Requirements: Mediation may be ordered in cases where custody is perceived to be an issue.
Property Distribution: Minnesota relies on “equitable distribution” so the court will distribute the marital property “in an equitable manner” if the parties can’t agree on their own. Separate property (property acquired prior to the marriage, as a gift or through inheritance) is not included in property distribution.
Alimony: Alimony may be awarded to either party and is at the discretion of the judge.