And according to this decision by the Supreme Court of Minnesota, you'd better do everything in the right order if you don't want to continue to be a Minnesotan. Pretty harsh.
Yes, I'm aware of this case and quite frankly the defendants were stupid to attempt what they did in claiming they were "part-time" residents in 2004.
They made multiple mistakes in not having clear records of living outside of the state's borders for at least 184 days in that calendar year, and worse they chose to claim homestead status for the purposes of how their former house was assessed for property taxes. That last move was just plain dumb.
When we leave later this year, we aren't planning on using one of these mail forwarding services to establish our residency in South Dakota. Rather we will be purchasing a smaller rural plot of land, improve it to the point of having electric service, a well and perhaps a septic system available.
In that way as actual property owners, our claim of domicile will be that much clearer.