So We’re Getting a Divorce: What Happens Now?
First, getting a divorce in Minnesota is called a “Dissolution of Marriage”, or more commonly known simply as a “dissolution”, and it is a process that can take several months before it’s finalized.
Revenge Gets You Nowhere
A lot of people believe that the reason for their marriage’s dissolution will somehow help them in court and while this may be true in some cases, most of the time Judges do not concern themselves with it and will never allow themselves to be used as a tool of revenge for punishing the spouse. Cases are decided by the facts, and the Judge’s application of the law, not by either party’s misconduct.
Settle Your Case
The truth, is that if the parties of a dissolution can set aside their anger, the process can be handled much faster through settlement. Settling your case also allows you greater benefits, as the risks and costs associated with going to court are much higher. This is especially true in the way that Judges handle these cases, as they are typically presented with a very limited amount of information and have a very limited amount of options at their disposal. Settling your case also opens the door for mediation, a process that has made settling cases much swifter and much less expensive for the parties involved.
No Two Cases Are The Same
Every dissolution is different, and as a family law attorney for the past fourteen years, I can personally tell you that yours will be too. That’s not saying that there aren’t ways to gauge how your case may “play out”, but these are things that only your lawyer can really tell you, and only after they have read all of the facts of your case.