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A brief explanation of what a summons is and what role it plays in a dissolution of marriage case.

A summons is an official document that is issued by the court and serves as a notification to the other party in a marriage dissolution case. It informs them of the legal action that has been taken against them and gives them instructions on how to respond. In Minnesota, a summons must be served to the other party before a divorce or dissolution of marriage case can be started. You must respond to the summons within 20 days, known as an “answer,” or else you may face serous consequences. It also outlines any deadlines or other requirements that must be met by both parties. By understanding what is required of you, you can ensure that your rights are protected and that your case proceeds efficiently.


Receiving a summons in a dissolution case in Minnesota can be an intimidating experience. If you have been served a summons in a dissolution case, it is essential to know what is required of you and how to proceed with the legal process. Additionally, it is important to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process. Knowing what is expected of you when served with a summons can help ensure that your rights are protected throughout the dissolution process.

Contact a Family Law Attorney

When dealing with family law issues, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified family law attorney. An experienced attorney can provide you with the best advice and guidance when it comes to understanding your rights and obligations under the law. With their knowledge and experience, they can help you navigate through complex legal matters such as divorce, child custody, adoption, alimony, prenuptial agreements and more. A family law attorney can also help you understand your options and create a plan of action that is tailored to your specific needs. Contacting a family law attorney is the best way to ensure that all of your rights are protected and that you receive the best outcome possible.

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