How Do I File For Divorce In Michigan?
How you file for divorce in Michigan will depend on whether there are minor children or not as well as many other factors, including the financial situation of the parties, whether both are currently employed or not and the marital assets and debts that were accrued during the course of the marriage. First of all, in order to file for divorce in Michigan, you must meet the state’s residency requirements. This means that you must have resided in the state of Michigan for at least six months prior to filing a complaint for divorce.
If you have no minor children, then the biggest decision you will have to make usually involves the division of all marital property and debts, including both real and personal, and whether each party can support themselves independently from the other party or whether there is a need for spousal support or alimony. If the parties involved can agree on a fair division of marital assets and debts as well as any issues of financial assistance or support, then this can be reduced into a binding settlement agreement and ultimately the parties can sign a consent judgment of divorce that is accepted and entered by the court.
However, if the parties are unable to reach an agreement on the division of marital property, debts and spousal support then the court will be forced to make a decision and to issue a court order at a formal evidentiary hearing or a divorce trial. One of our experienced divorce lawyers at Gordon & Hess, PLC, can help you through this process.
Our Experienced Divorce Attorneys Can Help You
Our divorce attorneys at Gordon & Hess, PLC, are experienced in various divorce proceedings. We can help you negotiate a fair division of assets and debts outside of court, either with the assistance of a mediation attorney or not. We can also prepare to present your case and fight for your rights at a trial. If you must go to court to divide assets, debts and/or deal with issues of support for your spouse it can be helpful to know some factors that the judge may consider in making a decisions. These factors include:
- Length of your marriage
- Age of the parties
- Health of the parties
- Income of the parties or ability to work
- Quality of life and standard of living during the marriage
- Any pre-marital assets or debts prior to the marriage
- Any inheritances during the course of marriage
- Any issues of “fault” that may have led to the divorce
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Email us or call 616-369-7452 to speak with our divorce lawyers. We will carefully review these factors with you as well as many others that may apply. We will pinpoint your best arguments in court and explain all your options. We can assist you whether it is through negotiating a fair and reasonable resolution or through preparing your case for trial and advocating for you successfully.