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Not every marriage is a “happily ever after.” When a couple faces conflict to the point that their relationship is no longer a healthy one, divorce is generally the healthiest option for every member of the household.
Getting divorced can be a complicated process. The best way to ensure that your rights are protected and your interests are promoted during your divorce is to work with an experienced divorce lawyer.
Every state has specific rules for the divorce process. These are Michigan’s divorce rules and requirements:
A divorce settlement is a set of court orders the couple must follow after the divorce is finalized. Depending on a couple’s circumstances, including how willing they are to work together to negotiate the terms of their divorce settlement, reaching a final settlement can be a fairly straightforward or drawn-out process.
Every divorce settlement includes a property division order. This is how the court divides a couple’s marital assets between them. In Michigan, marital assets and debts are divided according to the doctrine of equitable distribution.
If a couple has minor children, a child custody order and a child support order are part of their divorce settlement. A child custody order is a document that outlines the time the children will spend with each parent and each parent’s responsibilities toward the children after their divorce. Child support is the money one parent pays to the other to help with the expenses related to raising their children.
In cases in which one spouse opted out of the workforce or worked part-time to care for the couple’s home and children, a spousal support order may also be part of their divorce settlement.
Every divorce is unique. Although a close friend or relative can help you prepare for the divorce process by telling you about his or her experience with it, you cannot expect to have the exact same experience.
If you and your spouse can cooperate with each other, negotiating your divorce settlement out of court could be an option. In high-conflict situations and marriages where domestic violence and hiding assets are present, though, you are better off having the court handle your divorce.
When you know your marriage is over, start working on your divorce with an experienced divorce attorney. Contact our team at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. today to set up your free initial consultation in our office today.
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