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There are a lot of potential pitfalls in processes like divorce, even in "simple" divorces. It pays to do your homework. For anyone researching family law issues in the state of Minnesota we often recommend the Minnesota Family Law Practice Manual, 3rd ed. (Lexis, 2001) Reserve Room KFM5494.A6 D3 2001. It outlines family law issues in the text, and the footnotes will lead you the statutes and leading cases. Volume 2 contains forms. This book and other Family Law Treatises and titles written for Non-Lawyers are available at the Law Library, most county law libraries and some public libraries.

Statutes and Rules: (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.)

  • Minnesota Statutes. Chapter 518, Marriage Dissolution.
  • Minnesota Statutes index topic Dissolution of Marriage.
  • Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • General Rules of Practice Title IV.
  • Resources:

  • Court Forms, from the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
  • Divorce Basics, from the Self Help Center.
  • Divorce, Child Support, Custody & Family Law, from the Self Help Center.
  • Divorce (Dissolution), from LawHelpMN.org.
  • Divorce/Dissolution, from the Fourth District (Hennepin County) Courts.
  • Divorce Forms, from the Self Help Center.
  • Family Mediation: A How-To Guide, from the Mediation Center at Hamline University School of Law.
  • Forms unique to Hennepin County Family Court, from the Fourth District (Hennepin County) Courts.
  • Getting a Divorce, from LawHelpMN.org.
  • QDROs: The Division of Retirement Benefits Through Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, from the Employee Benefits Security Administration, United States Department of Labor.
  • Ramsey County Family Court FAQ's, from the Second District Courts.
  • Videos and Tutorials, including How to Start a Divorce in Minnesota and How to File a Motion in Family Court, from the Self-Help Center.
  • Self-Help Services for Family Court

  • Anoka County Law Library Family Law Clinic.
  • Family Court Self Help Center, fron the First District (Dakota County) courts.
  • Family Court Self-Help Center, from the Fourth District (Hennepin County) courts.
  • Family Court Self-Help Service Center Information, from the Second District (Ramsey County) courts.
  • Scott County Family Law Clinic.
  • Tubman Center.
  • Washington County Legal Advice Clinics.
  • Other Legal Advice Clinics & Self-Help in the Courts.
  • Other Referrals.
  • Appeals:

  • Family Law Appellate Mediation Program, from the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
  • Same-sex Marriage:

  • FAQs on Same Sex Marriage & Divorce, from the Self-Help Center.
  • Related Topics: Appeals; Arbitration and Mediation; Skills Center: Divorce Decree, copy of.


    DISCLAIMER:  As librarians and not lawyers, we can suggest resources but cannot give legal advice (such as which form to file), or legal opinions, (such as how a statute might apply to particular facts.)  To do so could be considered the unauthorized practice of law.  Even though we try to suggest materials that will be of help, further research is usually required to find a complete and correct answer.  For many questions, the best answer may be to consult an attorney.  For links to resources on finding an attorney click here.


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