Family Court Actions shall be commenced by service of a summons and petition or other means authorized by statute upon the person of the other party. Commencement can be accomplished by the following means:
(1) Personal Service. The summons and petition may be served upon the person of the party to be served.
(2) Admission/Acknowledgment. Service may be accomplished when the party to be served signs an admission of service or acknowledges service as permitted in Minn. R. Civ. P. 4.05.
(3) Alternate Means. Service of the summons and petition may be accomplished by alternate means as authorized by statute.
(4) Publication. Service of the summons and petition may be made by publication only upon an order of the court. If the respondent subsequently is located and has not been served personally or by alternate means, personal service shall be made before the final hearing.
After a Family Law Action has been commenced, service may be accomplished in accordance with Minn. R. Civ. P. 5.
(1) No summons shall be required if a joint petition is filed to commence marriage dissolution proceedings. Proceedings shall be deemed commenced when both parties have signed the verified petition.
(2) Where the parties to a marriage dissolution proceeding agree on all issues, the parties may proceed using a joint petition, agreement, and judgment and decree for marriage dissolution.
(3) Upon filing of the "Joint Petition, Agreement and Judgment and Decree," and Form 11.1 appended to Title I of these rules, and a Notice to the Public Authority if required by Minnesota Statutes, section 518A.44, the court administrator shall place the matter on the appropriate calendar pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 518.13, subdivision 5. A Certificate of Representation and Parties and documents required by Rule 306.01 shall not be required if the "Joint Petition, Agreement and Judgment and Decree" published by the state court administrator is used.
(4) The state court administrator shall develop forms that may be used by parties to file joint petitions to commence marriage dissolution proceedings.
(Amended effective January 1, 2004; amended effective January 1, 2006; amended effective January 1, 2008; amended effective May 1, 2012.)
Parties to Family Court Actions shall be designated as petitioner (joint petitioners or petitioner and co-petitioner) and respondent. After so designating the parties, it is permissible to refer to them as husband and wife, father and mother, or other designations if applicable by inserting the following in any petition, order, decree, etc.:
Petitioner is hereinafter referred to as (familial designation), and respondent as (familial designation).
Appointment of a guardian ad litem for minor children is governed by the Rules of Guardian Ad Litem Procedure in Juvenile and Family Court (Rules 901 through 907). The guardian ad litem shall carry out the responsibilities set forth in the Rules of Guardian Ad Litem Procedure in Juvenile and Family Court. The guardian ad litem shall have the rights set forth in the Rules of Guardian Ad Litem Procedure in Juvenile and Family Court.
A guardian ad litem for minor children may be designated a party to the proceedings in the order of appointment. If the child is made a party to the proceeding, then the child's guardian ad litem shall also be made a party.
(Amended effective for guardians ad litem appointed in Minnesota's juvenile and family courts after 12 o'clock midnight January 1, 2005; amended effective May 1, 2012.)