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Minnesota Divorce Laws and Child Support and Alimony Laws

Minnesota Divorce Laws and Child Support and Alimony Laws

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Each state has unique grounds in which a dissolution of marriage may be granted by the court. It’s helpful to know what Minnesota considers grounds for divorce. This PDF covers Minnesota Divorce Laws & Child Support & Child Custody Laws & Alimony Guidelines.
Each state has unique grounds in which a dissolution of marriage may be granted by the court. It’s helpful to know what Minnesota considers grounds for divorce. This PDF covers Minnesota Divorce Laws & Child Support & Child Custody Laws & Alimony Guidelines.

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Published by: SecretDivorce on Feb 01, 2012
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Minnesota divorce laws and child support and alimony laws
First of all it’s helpful to know what Minnesota considers grounds for divorce
Each state has unique grounds in which a dissolution of marriage may be granted by the court. Whenchoosing the grounds for your dissolution of marriage, you should always remember that you must havesufficient proof to the court that your marital situation warrants a dissolution of marriage by the grounds youare requesting.
Grounds for Filing:
The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage needs to declare the appropriate Minnesotagrounds upon which the dissolution of marriage is being sought. The appropriate lawful ground will be thatwhich the parties agree upon and can substantiate, or that which the filing spouse desires to prove to thecourt of law.
The dissolution of marriage grounds are as follows:
1. An irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship. An irretrievable breakdown of the marriagerelationship is achieved by living separate and apart for at least 180 days or serious marital discordadversely affecting the attitude of the husband, wife, or both towards the marriage.(Minnesota Statutes – Chapters: 518.06, 158.13)
Minnesota Divorce Laws & Child Support & Child Custody Laws
Custody must be decided when minor children are involved in a divorce. Physical custody is where the childactually lives, while legal custody is the right of both parents to make decisions regarding major events in thechild’s life including religion and education. The spouses are encouraged to create a parenting plan thataddresses visitation rights, including where the child will spend major holidays and special occasions, andhow the parents intend to resolve disputes about the child. The court may have input on the parenting plan;it will consider these issues:the wishes of the parents and the child, if the child is old enough to voice their opinionthe relationship already established between the child and parent, including who was the primarycaregiver during the marriagethe relationship with siblings and where they livethe child’s adjustment to their home, school, and communitythe stability of the child’s current living situation and whether that should be continued, including if theylive in the marital homethe ability of the parents to show love and affection to the childcultural backgroundsand the willingnessof the parent to encourage the child’s relationship with the other parent.When considering joint custody, the court will determine if the parents are able to cooperate and settledisputes, if it is in the best interest of the child to have equal time with both parents, and any history of domestic abuse. In Minnesota, the court can require parenting classes at any time. Grandparents can begranted visitation rights when necessary if it is beneficial to the child.Minnesota uses the percentage of income formula to calculate child support amounts. The incomes of bothparents are combined and then the court calculates the percentage that each parent is responsible for. Adjustments are made for health insurance or child care costs.Other factors including when determining child support include: all financial resources of both parents,including income, property, or investments; any debts of the parents, especially those that were acquiredduring the marriage to support the family; any special needs of the child that could be costly; a reasonablestandard of living for the child; any other children the parents support; and which parent claims the child as a
dependent on tax returns. Both parents may determine amounts to contribute to an education fund for thechild’s future.
Alimony Guidelines.
The alimony order shall be in amounts and for periods of time, either temporary or permanent, as thecourt deems just, without regard to marital misconduct, and after considering all relevant factors includingthe following guidelines:
1. The financial resources of the party seeking alimony, including marital property apportioned to the party, and the party’s ability to meet needs independently, including theextent to which a provision for support of a child living with the party includes a sum for that  party as custodian;2. The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking alimony to find appropriate employment, and the probability, given the party’s age and skills,of completing education or training and becoming fully or partially self-supporting;3. The standard of living established during the marriage;4. The duration of the marriage and, in the case of a homemaker, the length of absence fromemployment and the extent to which any education, skills, or experience have becomeoutmoded and earning capacity has become permanently diminished;5. The loss of earnings, seniority, retirement benefits, and other employment opportunitiesforgone by the spouse seeking alimony;6. The age, and the physical and emotional condition of the spouse seeking alimony;7. The ability of the spouse from whom alimony is sought to meet needs while meeting thoseof the spouse seeking alimony; and 8. The contribution of each party in the acquisition, preservation, depreciation, or appreciationin the amount or value of the marital property, as well as the contribution of a spouse as ahomemaker or in furtherance of the other party’s employment or business.
State Abbreviation
May 11, 1858
State Capital
St. Paul
Number of Counties
State Population (2005)
State Quarter Issue Date
 April 4, 2005
State Flower 
Lady slipper 
North Star State, Gopher State, Land of 10,000 Lakes
State Flag

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