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Clinton Township Divorce Attorney

Clinton Township Divorce Attorney

People do not walk down the aisle expecting their relationship to break down, but some will be contemplating divorce over the course of time. If you are considering dissolving your marriage, you are understandably overwhelmed by the implications for your future, family, and financial situation. The Michigan divorce statute dictates the process, covering such issues as distribution of assets, alimony, and the needs of minor children. As such, you have important rights to protect when moving forward after the process concludes.

Because of the emotional components, complicated laws, and complex court rules that apply to the proceedings, it is wise to retain skilled legal counsel for assistance with divorce. Our team at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. is committed to serving your needs, as we have more than 45 years of combined experience advocating on behalf of families in Southeast Michigan. Please contact us today to set up a no-cost consultation with a Clinton Township divorce attorney, and read on for an overview of the relevant concepts.

Summary of Michigan Divorce Laws

Michigan is a no-fault state for purposes of divorce, which means neither spouse needs to provide proof to end the marriage. The person filing the petition must state that there has been a breakdown of the marriage and there is no likelihood of rehabilitating the relationship. During the proceedings, parties will address:

  • Property Division: Michigan follows the law of equitable distribution with respect to assets, so there is a two-step process for property division. The first is classifying items as marital or separate, since only assets acquired after the wedding are subject to being divided. The second step is dividing marital assets fairly, which may not mean a 50-50 split between the parties.
  • Spousal Support: There is no entitlement to alimony, but either party can request it in a divorce case. A court may order spousal support for a lower earning party or spouse that gave up employment opportunities to contribute to the household. There are numerous factors that impact the type, duration, and amount of alimony.
  • Children: When children are born to the marriage, parties must address custody, parenting time, and support. Custody involves decision-making, and it is usually joint through a co-parenting arrangement. Still, the child will usually primarily reside with one parent; the other will have visitation rights and the duty to pay child support.

How Our Michigan Divorce Attorneys Support Your Rights

Our Clinton Township divorce lawyers at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. are prepared to guide you through legal proceedings. We will handle such essential tasks as:

  • Consulting with you on objectives;
  • Discussing out-of-court options to resolve property division, alimony, and issues related to minor children;
  • Advising you during divorce mediation; and,
  • Representing you at a contested hearing on disputed issues.

Trust a Clinton Township Divorce Attorney to Protect Your Interests

 Divorce is never an easy process, but you gain an advantage when you have experienced legal representation on your side. To learn more about our legal services, please contact Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. to schedule a free consultation with a Michigan divorce lawyer. We can provide personalized advice after reviewing your unique circumstances.

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