“If you or your spouse has lived in Minnesota for six months or longer, you need to do three things to start your divorce:
You must have the petition and any other required documents officially delivered to (“served on”) your spouse. This lets your spouse know that a divorce action has been started and what you are asking for.
You must file some documents, including the petition for dissolution of marriage, with the district court office at the local county courthouse. The petition tells the court and your spouse what you are asking for in the divorce.
You must pay or be excused from paying the fees that are charged for filing a divorce petition. There might also be costs for having your spouse served.”