Exclusions from Application of Other Laws

The following laws specifically exempt proceedings under the Domestic Abuse Act from their application.

Judicial Arbitration

The establishment of a mandatory, nonbinding arbitration system within a judicial district to assist the court in disposing of controversies may not be used to handle proceedings under the Domestic Abuse Act. Minn. Stat. § 484.73.

Minnesota Civil Mediation Act

The Minnesota Civil Mediation Act does not apply to proceedings under the Domestic Abuse Act. Minn. Stat. § 572.40.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Program

Minnesota’s alternative dispute resolution program for civil cases may not be required in proceedings under the Domestic Abuse Act. Minn. Stat. § 484.76.

Community Dispute Resolution Program

Minnesota’s community dispute resolution program does not apply to proceedings under the Domestic Abuse Act. Minn. Stat. § 494.03.

Conciliation Court Jurisdiction

Conciliation courts do not have jurisdiction over proceedings under the Domestic Abuse Act. Minn. Stat. § 491A.01.

Streamlined Marriage Dissolution Procedure

A couple may not dissolve their marriage through a streamlined procedure if either party has been a victim of domestic abuse by the other. Minn. Stat. § 518.195.


This and any related posts have been adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Domestic Abuse Laws in Minnesota – An Overview, written by legislative analyst Judith Zollar.

This post is also part of a series of posts on Domestic Abuse in Minnesota.