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This office also handles Wisconsin cases.

Divorce isn’t something you plan for. When it happens, it can feel like you are suddenly going to lose everything that is important to you.

This isn’t a process you should ever have to face alone. Our Edina, Minnesota, attorneys are here to give you the legal support you need both in and out of the courtroom.

Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men

Our Edina attorneys take the time to listen to your concerns and will help you establish goals you want to achieve in court. They will work diligently to champion your rights and the rights of your children and are committed to being advisors and advocates for men before, during, and after divorce.

We know how critical the transition through divorce is. We will walk you through each step of the process and help you start the next chapter of your life.

Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights

Cordell & Cordell was founded in 1990 by Joseph E. Cordell and his wife, Yvonne. Ever since the firm has fought against the numerous stereotypes men and fathers face in the family court system.

Cordell & Cordell has grown to one of the largest family law firms serving men in the world with over 100 offices across the United States. The firm expanded internationally in 2015 by opening its first office in the United Kingdom.

At Cordell & Cordell, we understand the unique challenges military families face during divorce.

Frequently Asked Edina Divorce Questions

How long do I have to live in Edina before I can file for divorce?

Either the Mother or Father must have resided in the state for six (6) months prior to filing for divorce in Minnesota.

How long will a divorce in Edina take?

There is no mandatory waiting period before filing a divorce.

It is difficult to predict how long a divorce will take, as it is case by case. However, once the opposing party is served, that party has 30 days to file responsive pleadings or waive his/her right to file a response before the court can enter a final divorce decree.

How can I serve my spouse in Edina? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?

A party can serve the opposing party by sheriff of the county where service is to be completed or by a duly authorized person. The court can order a party be served by certified mail or publication.

A local newspaper that is qualified for legal advertisements in the area that the opposing party is believed to reside or, if unknown, in the county where the action is filed can be contacted for this purpose.

What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Edina?

To begin a dissolution you will need to file a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The court will require others forms as you go through the dissolution but these two will file a dissolution.

Where do I file for divorce in Edina?

A party residing in Hennepin County will go the Family Justice Center to file his/her divorce petition. The Family Justice Center is located at 110 South Fourth Street, Room 600, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55401.

A party residing in Ramsey County will go to the Second Judicial District Family Court, which is located at Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55102.

How much are divorce filing fees?

In Hennepin County, if a party is filing for a divorce only, the filing fee is $402. If the party files any other family law matter, the filing fee is $372.  If a party wishes to file a motion on an existing file, the motion fee is $100.

In Ramsey County, if a party is filing for any family action, the filing fee is $400. If the party is filing a motion on an existing file, the motion fee is $100.

Are there any Edina-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?

In Minnesota, most Judicial Districts have a set of specific local rules relevant to domestic cases filed within that particular jurisdiction. Consult with an Edina divorce lawyer for specific information on the rules and procedures of the local court.

Edina Client Testimonials


“Bridget was professional and knowledgeable. She responded quickly whenever I had a question or needed something. She made me feel confident that she had my son’s best interest in mind when helping with my case. She also made me feel at ease at a very stressful time in my life. Everyone at the firm was friendly and helpful from the moment I walked in until the very end. All was handled perfectly and I couldn’t be happier with the results!”


“Justin was fantastic! He was able to get back to me at a reasonable time. If I had any problems, he was on top of reaching out to the opposing counsel to tell them to stop. The entire firm is great. My son and I thank you to the fullest of our hearts.”


“[My attorney] has always gotten back to me on any question or concern I have had.  [My attorney] always keeps me informed of the status of my case and any changes thus [far].  [She] has always made suggestions or proposed strategies to help my case move along. She listened to my expectations and come up with solutions to best meet them. … The nationwide reach of this firm has served me well in my case. My attorney was able to get [answers] regarding laws in other states and how that affects my case.  My attorney … has always maintained outstanding communication with me regarding my case. Her level of service has far exceeded my expectations. She has always made me feel like my case is her top priority. She has a personal touch to her service that really helped me when I needed it most during this difficult ordeal I am going through.”