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What to Expect: Divorce

  1. If you are starting a divorce, or you have been served with divorce papers and you need to respond,  you will watch a 30-minute video at the Family Court Self-Help Center before obtaining the forms. The video explains how to complete and serve the forms correctly. You may view the video between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  After watching the video, you will receive Part 1 of the divorce forms.  You may also watch the video online by clicking "How to Start a Divorce."
  2. After completing the Part 1 forms, you may schedule a one-hour appointment (one hour and 30 minutes if the divorce involves children) with a Family Law Facilitator.  At the appointment, the facilitator will review the completed forms, give you the Part 2 forms, and explain how to complete the divorce. (We regret we cannot hold your appointment if you arrive more than 10 minutes late.)
  3. You may schedule additional appointments for review of the papers needed to finalize the divorce.
  4. IMPORTANT! Before your divorce can be finalized, the Hennepin County District Court requires that parents of minor children who get a divorce in Hennepin County must attend a divorce education class. See Divorce Education Requirements for more details.

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