Minnesota Grounds for Divorce

The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is the initial document filed with the Minnesota court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

The court shall grant a dissolution when it finds that there has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship. An irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship is characterized by living separate and apart for a period of 180 days or proof that serious marital discord adversely affecting the spouses and therefore the marital relationship. (Minnesota Statutes - Chapters: 518.06, 158.13)

Every dissolution of marriage case that is filed in the state of Minnesota must declare the grounds in which the dissolution of marriage is to be granted. The grounds for dissolution of marriage must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a dissolution of marriage, or agreeing to a dissolution of marriage, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Minnesota grounds, visit the Minnesota state statutes located at: