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Birmingham Divorce Attorneys

Birmingham Divorce Attorneys

When a marriage has reached the point at which the couple can not reasonably hope to become a functional couple again, divorce is the healthiest option for all members of the household. Getting divorced can be a complicated, emotionally trying process, but it is a necessary path to take when you are in an unhappy, unhealthy marriage. Before you file for divorce, take time to educate yourself about the divorce process and Michigan’s specific divorce laws. Your Birmingham divorce attorney can help you understand this process and these laws better and tell you about options you might not realize you have.

Getting Divorced in Michigan

Every state has specific laws that govern divorces that occur within its borders, and Michigan is no different. In Michigan, the following rules apply to all divorces:

  • To file for divorce, you or your spouse must have lived in Michigan for at least 180 days;
  • You or your spouse can file for divorce in the county where either of you lives, as long as you have lived there for at least 10 days;
  • In Michigan, divorcing couples’ marital assets are divided according to the doctrine of equitable distribution; and
  • Michigan is a strictly no-fault divorce state. This means that the only ground for divorce a couple may cite in their divorce petition is the irretrievable breakdown of their marriage.

There are a few exceptions to Michigan’s residency requirement, such as when there is a reasonable risk that the couple’s minor children will be taken out of the United States by one parent. Your lawyer can explain these exceptions to you in detail.

Divorce-Related Issues We Handle

Our team works with couples going through the divorce process, which often means they are facing additional legal issues. These legal issues include:

Your divorce lawyer is your advocate and can continue to serve you in these areas after your divorce is finalized.

Ending Your Marriage with a Michigan Divorce Attorney

There are a few ways to complete the divorce process; your divorce does not have to be a drawn-out, contentious courtroom battle. Depending on your relationship with your spouse and other circumstances about your marriage, you might be good candidates for a collaborative divorce or to divorce through mediation. Your lawyer can walk you through both of these processes to help you determine whether either is a good choice for you or if you would be best served by a traditional courtroom divorce.

Work with an Experienced Michigan Divorce Attorney

Getting divorced is rarely easy. Working with the right divorce lawyer can make it a bit less stressful for you and increase your likelihood of reaching your divorce goals. Get started with our team of experienced divorce lawyers at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. today by contacting our office to set up your free initial consultation with us.

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