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The followingcapsule summary of the law in this state related to divorce maybe helpful to you. These brief statements are not meant tosubstitute for legal consultation, but rather to highlight themain issues to consider.

Divorce Law


Grounds: None listed.

Residency: One party must haveresided in state for 180 days before filing.

Waiting Period: Decree enteredimmediately upon finding irretrievable breakdown, subject toappeal.

No Fault: Irretrievable breakdown.

Defenses: All abolished by 518.06

Code Section: 518

Uniform Child Custody Act:1977
Joint Custody:518.17
Grandparent Visitation:Yes, 257.022
Child's Wishes Considered:Yes
Code Section: 518.155

Community Property: No


Grounds: Lacking capacity to consent(mental, alcohol, drugs, force, fraud); no capacity toconsummate; underage; marriages within prohibited decrees andbigamous are void.

Time Limitation: None listed.

Legitimacy of Children: None listed.

Prohibited Marriages: Previouslyundissolved marriage; between ancestor and descendant, brotherand sister, uncle and niece, aunt and nephew, first cousins.

Code Section: 518.02


American Arbitration Association
Minneapolis Regional Office
514 Nicollet Mall, Ste. 670
Minneapolis, MN 55402-1902
Phone: (612)332-6545
Fax: (612)342-2334
James Deye, Reg. VP

First Call for Help (Minnesota)
166 E. 4th St., Ste. 310
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (612)224-1133
Diane Faulds, Coordinator

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Banking Division
133 E. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (612)296-2135
James G. Miller, Dep. Commnr.

Minnesota Department of Commerce
Insurance and Registration
133 E. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (612)296-6325
Patrick L. Nelson, Dep. Commnr.

Minnesota Department of Health
Section of Vital Statistics Registration
717 SE Delaware
PO Box 9441
Minneapolis, MN 55440
Phone: (612)623-5121
Responds to public inquiries for birth records dated from 1900and death records dated from 1908. For this same time period andprior dates as well, contact County Court Administrator (exceptfor city of St. Paul where certificates are filed with cityhealth officer). Fee for certified copy of birth record is $11,duplicate copy $5; death record $8, duplicate copy $2. Marriageand divorce records are filed with the County ClerkAdministrator. Central index for marriages since 1958 and centralindex of divorces since 1970 at State Section of VitalStatistics. For all inquiries, include self-addressed, stampedenvelope.

The Minnesota Divorce Revolution: APlain English Explanation of Current Minnesota Divorce Law
Regency Press, Inc.
222 S. 9th St., No. 3700
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612)339-7300
Jeanette A. Frederickson. 1989.

Minnesota Office of Child Support
Department of Human Services
444 Lafayette Rd., 4th Fl.
St. Paul, MN 55155-3846
Phone: (612)296-2499
Fax: (612)297-6244

Minnesota State Bar Association
514 Nicollet Mall, Ste. 300
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612)333-1183
Fax: (612)333-4927

Office of Child Support EnforcementRegional Representative (Minnesota)
105 W. Adams St., 20th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312)353-5926

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