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Minnesota Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Minnesota, you must make sure the District Court has jurisdiction over your case. The most common way spouses are eligible to use a specific court system is by meeting the residency requirements. Meeting the Minnesota residency requirements is typically only a concern for a spouse who has recently moved or is planning to move in the near future. The filing requirements are as follows:

No dissolution shall be granted unless (1) one of the parties has resided in this state, or has been a member of the armed services stationed in this state, for not less than 180 days immediately preceding the commencement of the proceeding; or (2) one of the parties has been a domiciliary of this state for not less than 180 days immediately preceding commencement of the proceeding.

The Dissolution of Marriage is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse lives. (Minnesota Statutes - Chapters: 518.07, 518.09)

Since dissolution of marriage is governed by state law, it is required that you meet specific residency requirements in order to file for a dissolution of marriage in the state of Minnesota. It is most common that people file for a dissolution of marriage in the county in which they live. You can also read more about the Minnesota residency requirements in the Minnesota state statutes located at: http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/. If you are unsure of whether or not you meet the Minnesota residency requirements you can try contacting the Clerk’s office of the domestic relations or family law division of your county courthouse.