Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Divorce is one of the most stressful ordeals a person may face in their lives. In 2007, there were 34,522 divorces in the state of Michigan alone. Of those divorces, nearly 3,000 were from Macomb County. This is only second to Wayne (5,509 divorces) and Oakland (3,899) Counties. During a divorce, many things may enter your mind such as what happens to the house, the car, the pets, and most importantly the kids. Michigan Law Services, PLLC in Sterling Heights specializes in getting the most favorable outcome possible for our divorce clients. Here is a brief overview of divorces in Michigan.

In order to get a divorce within the State of Michigan, you or your spouse must have lived in Michigan for at least the last six (6) months. The divorce must take place in the Michigan county where you or your spouse has lived for the last 10 days. Most people file where they live but you do not have to – you can file where your spouse lives.

There is no requirement in the state that you have to have a legal separation in order to file for divorce. You do not have to be separated for any period of time before you start your divorce. In actuality you can still be living in the same house with your spouse, as many of our clients do. Most have no choices in this because you may not have a place to go.

Michigan has a no-fault divorce system. This means that you do not have to prove adultery or cruelty or any other “grounds’ for divorce. In order to get a divorce, all you have to show is that your marriage has broken down and you cannot get back together. Which is really not much to show. No fault also means that even if you are the one who made your marriage break up, you can still file for divorce. No fault divorce also means that if you want to get divorced, your spouse can fight over other things involved in the divorce like child custody and child support and property. But if you want the divorce you can get it even if your spouse does not want it - and even if you made the marriage break up. But remember, the judge can look at fault in deciding how to divide up property or who should get custody of the children. For example, the judge may divide property with a favorable bias towards a non-cheating spouse over a cheating one.

If no children were born during your marriage and no child is expected, you still have to wait at least 60 days after you file for divorce before your divorce can be final. This is used as a “cooling off” period just in case you change your mind. If you have children from the marriage or one is expected, you have to wait at least six (6) months after you file for divorce before your divorce can be final. If you and your spouse are fighting over anything in the divorce, it can take a lot longer than the waiting period to get divorced.

When the divorce comes to court, the judge will also decide on child custody and visitation; on child support and spousal support; and on how property should be divided. This is where having a law firm such as Michigan Law Services becomes a huge advantage. Our divorce attorneys will fight for your rights and negotiate to get you the best possible outcome.

Remember, all divorce cases are different. There are many factors to take into consideration. Call Michigan Law Services, PLLC at (586) 991-1783 today for a free consultation and case evaluation. You have legal options, we can make them work for you!

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