Legal Information: Minnesota

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about orders for protection, harassment restraining orders, and moving in and out of state with an order for protection.

State-specific information about custody in Minnesota.

This page addresses some general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent’s consent.

Basic information about divorce in Minnesota.

Your employer cannot fire you or punish you for taking time off of work to get an order for protection.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Minnesota and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.