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Finding divorce forms
To start a divorce, you will need to find the right forms. You get these in person or online.

Online
Go to the Minnesota Judicial Branch Self-Help Center’s Forms to Start a Divorce page. Read about the four kinds of divorces and pick the one that applies to you.  You have the option to select I-CAN, which will allow you to fill out forms securely online, or print out a packet of forms.

In person
You can buy the packet for "Divorce with Children" or "Divorce without Children" at both Dakota County Law Library locations.  The “Divorce with Children” packet costs $15.  The “Divorce without Children” packet costs $12. 

Forms for Summary Dissolution, Joint Divorce with Children, or Joint Divorce without Children can be printed online.

For help filling out the forms, watch the Minnesota Judicial Branch video, "How to Start a Divorce in Minnesota."

Responding to served divorce papers
Go to the Minnesota Judicial Branch Self-Help Center’s Forms to Respond to Divorce Petition page. Read the information there to decide the type of divorce you are involved in.  Then click the link for your type of divorce, which will take you to a packet of forms. Print/download all forms grouped in the packet.

You have the option to select I-CAN if you agree on all issues. This allows you to fill out forms securely online.

Copies of divorce decree
You may obtain a copy of a divorce decree by mailing your request along with the name of the case, the file number, and the fee to the court location and county where the divorce was filed. For more information, go to the First District webpage for divorce decrees.

Mediation
Mediation can help resolve issues with a spouse during the divorce process.  To learn more, read about Early Neutral Evaluation.

Changing terms of divorce
If your ex and you want to change the terms of your divorce, complete the Minnesota Judicial Branch Amended Judgment and Decree form.

Changing alimony
To change the amount of maintenance/alimony that you pay or receive, start by downloading and completing the forms on the Minnesota Judicial Branch Motion to Modify Child Support and/or Spousal Maintenance page.

If a motion has been filed against you, complete the forms on the Minnesota Judicial Branch Response to Motion to Modify Child Support and/or Spousal Maintenance page.

Late or missed alimony payments
If your ex isn’t paying spousal maintenance ordered by the court, you can notify the court by completing the following forms from the Minnesota Judicial Branch:

Instruction Guide for Notice of Entry and Docketing of Maintenance Judgment 
Affidavit of Default of Maintenance Judgment

Last updated: 7/30/2013 6:27 AM