The decision to file for divorce is never an easy one. The filing of a divorce complaint sets in motion a legal proceeding to dissolve the marriage and return each spouse to the legal status of being single. Michigan is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that, neither party needs to prove the other party at fault in order to obtain a divorce. However, depending on the circumstances “fault” may be relevant and something to be presented to the Court if a party is seeking more than a 50/50 division of assets and debts.
In Michigan a divorce may not be finalized sooner than 60 days from the date when the complaint for divorce is filed. When there are minor children the minimum waiting period is 180 days. Many divorces take longer than the minimum time period to complete. In an amicable situation you can agree to and implement the settlement terms prior to the waiting period being complete but your final decree will not be issued prior.
In the context of a divorce either party may request court orders related to the following:
- Parenting Time/Visitation
- Child Support
- Division of Assets and Debts
- Spousal Support
- Attorney Fees and Court Costs
Some of these Orders may be requested on a temporary basis while the divorce is pending and before “permanent” orders are either agreed upon in settlement or ordered by the court at trial. Depending on the circumstances of the case it may be important to request temporary orders right away.
There are many facets to a divorce case and it can be an emotional time for the parties involved and it is very important that you retain an experienced professional that understands the issues, the law and can aggressively and effectively advocate on your behalf to protect your rights and the rights of your family.
The attorneys at Gordon & Hess, PLC are experienced in all of these areas and have handled complex Divorce cases in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Holland, Muskegon, White Cloud, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Allegan, Van Buren, Hastings, Stanton, Ionia as well as other cities throughout West Michigan. We can help you.
Please contact Gordon & Hess, PLC now and schedule a free ½ hour confidential consultation to meet face to face and discuss the family law issue you are or soon may be facing and to discuss the best course of action. Start developing a winning game plan from the start. CALL NOW at (616) 272-3331.