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What to Know About Uncontested Divorce in Minnesota

There are some circumstances in which a divorcing couple is able to process their divorce without a whole lot of conflict and court appearances. If you and your spouse are able to sit down, negotiate amicably and work out the terms of your divorce efficiently, you could seek an uncontested divorce.

The benefit of an uncontested divorce is that it saves a whole lot of time and money. Of course, it’s not always possible. For you to get an uncontested dissolution of marriage, you’d need to agree on all the key aspects of your divorce, such as:

  • Child custody and parenting time arrangements
  • Child support, healthcare, dental care, medical expenses, and child care
  • Spousal maintenance (also known as alimony)
  • How you’ll split tax deductions and exemptions
  • Division of all marital assets, debts and property
  • Any other issues that come up during your divorce

A summary dissolution of marriage is one of the ways for getting an uncontested divorce. It’s only available if you have no children, you’ve been married for less than eight years, you don’t own any real estate, you have few debts and relatively few assets, if domestic violence hasn’t been an issue and if you agree on issues related to alimony and benefits division.

You can also get an uncontested divorce through a dissolution by joint petition in Minnesota. You’ll have some more complicated issues to deal with, such as child custody, real estate and more expensive assets, but you still agree on all the terms of your divorce.

To learn more about how to seek an uncontested divorce in Minnesota, consult a knowledgeable attorney with Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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