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Everyone going through a divorce recognizes that it is going to be difficult for all parties involved. However, many individuals are unsure about the process, what the requirements in Michigan are for a divorce, and how long the divorce process will take. These are just a few of the concerns on the minds of people going through a divorce. If you are considering divorce, or the process has already begun, call our Shelby Township divorce attorneys today to discuss your legal options.
A divorce in Michigan may be uncontested or contested. An uncontested divorce is one in which both spouses agree to all terms including child custody, child support, property division, and more. On the other hand, a contested divorce is one in which the couple does not agree to all terms. When a couple disagrees on even one term of the divorce, they must get a contested divorce.
Divorce in Shelby Township does not happen right away. After one spouse has filed for divorce, they must wait at least 60 days before their divorce is granted. This only pertains to divorces that do not involve children. When children are involved in a divorce, a couple must wait at least six months before their divorce is finalized. The hope is that the two spouses will work out their issues, reconcile, and save the children from the divorce process.
Like the rest of Michigan, all divorces in Shelby Township are considered no-fault. This means that fault is not assigned to either spouse in the divorce process and neither spouse has to prove the other was at fault for the breakdown of the relationship. Instead, a spouse or couple wishing to get a divorce must only state that there has been a breakdown of the marital relationship and that there is little to no likelihood that the couple will reconcile.
Anyone going through a divorce is worried about the cost of the process. In Michigan, the average cost of an uncontested divorce is approximately $1,200 to $1,500, plus court costs and filing fees. Contested divorces typically start at approximately $5,000. Those costs can increase depending on the ability of the two spouses to come to an agreement and whether the divorce enters litigation.
If you are entering into a divorce, you likely have a lot of questions about the process and what you should expect. At Iafrate & Salassa, our Shelby Township divorce attorneys can help. We will advise on all aspects of the divorce and work hard to negotiate the fair settlement you deserve. If your divorce enters litigation, we will also fight to protect your interests and ensure your rights are upheld. Do not go through the divorce process on your own. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.