Divorce considerations after a short marriage

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2020 | Divorce |

Sometimes, a marriage ends within months after it begins. If you are facing separation after less than a year, you may wonder how the length of the union will affect the process of divorce. 

These are the factors to consider when you file for divorce in Minnesota after a relatively short marriage. 

Home ownership 

When you purchased a house with your former spouse, the home falls into the category of marital property. Minnesota uses the equitable distribution standard, which means that the court will divide assets fairly when the couple cannot agree. Either one party will stay in the home and buy out the other party’s equity, or the couple will sell the home and divide the proceeds. 

When one person owned the home before the marriage, the court may ask the parties to split the equity gained during the marriage. However, with a short marriage, real estate equity may remain the same or even decrease over its lifespan. 

Uncontested divorce 

When you agree on all divorce-related issues with your spouse or you file for divorce but your spouse does not respond, you can ask the Minnesota court for an uncontested divorce. This streamlined process usually takes just a few months rather than up to two years in a divorce in which the couple disagrees on custody or property division.