Q: Do you have minor children with your spouse?
: Under MN law, a divorce is considered to be with children if:
- you and your spouse have minor children together (under age 18 or still in high school);
- the Wife is pregnant OR gave birth to a child during the marriage (even if the Husband is not the father of the child). EXCEPT: Use the "without children" forms if paternity was established in the other man making him the legal father instead of the Husband.)
: A divorce is considered to be without
children if you do not have minor child together, the Wife is not pregnant, and the Wife did not give birth during the marriage to a child from another relationship.
Q: Do you and your spouse agree how to settle all issues?
: If you and your spouse can agree on all the issues
of your divorce AND
you can both sign and notarize the same document, you and your spouse can complete, sign and file a "Stipulation" form (agreement) to finish the case.
Do Not Agree
: If you do not agree with the requests in the Petition and you want to present your side of the case to a judge, you must complete and serve an "Answer and Counter-Petition" on your spouse. Click the link in the table below to download and print the Answer forms packet.
Later in the process, if you can reach an agreement with your spouse, together you can sign and file a "Stipulation" (agreement) form to finish the case.
IMPORTANT! Talk to a lawyer
about your legal rights and how an agreement will affect you before you sign anything. If you have been physically or emotionally abused by your spouse, be careful when trying to reach an agreement on the divorce. Your safety is most important.
Mediation resources are available at Settle Out of Court (ADR)
Click a link in the table below to create your divorce forms:
You can complete divorce forms using an online document assembly tool called I-CAN!, or you can download and print the forms to fill them out by hand.
Court Forms Review Service
: If you are representing yourself in a court case and you fill out court forms on a computer (in Word, PDF or I-CAN), the Self-Help Center can review your completed court forms before you file them with the court. Contact Us @ SHC
for more details.
You can also click Self-Help Services in the Courts
to find walk-in services near you. It is always a good idea to get legal advice
to proctect your best interests in any legal action, even if you have reached an agreement with the other party.
Pre-printed forms packet
If you cannot or do not want to download and print the forms, you can buy the forms packet at your local courthouse