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“Divorce” is not a bad word. Nor is it s personal failing. A divorce is simply an option that is available to couples who have reached the point in their marriages that there is nothing they can do to stay together in a harmonious, healthy relationship. Working with the court to complete the divorce process provides a legal framework through which the couple can determine how to move forward with their lives: how their assets will are divided, how they will raise their children, and whether one partner will receive spousal support from the other and if so, how much and for how long.
To file for divorce in Michigan, you must have been a resident of the state for at least 180 ways. You must also have been a resident of the county where you file for the divorce unless the following are all true:
Couples divorce for a variety of reasons. An issue that one couple may be able to survive through relationship counseling might drive another to divorce. Some of the most common reasons why couples divorce include:
In Michigan, you do not have to provide a “ground,” or a reason, for your divorce when you file your paperwork. All divorces in Michigan are no-fault divorces, which means that you simply have to state in your paperwork that your disagreements with your partner were too great for you to overcome and remain in your marriage.
During the divorce process, the couple works with the court to make determinations that are fair and within all involved parties’ best interests. In decisions regarding the couple’s children, the children’s best interest is given top priority. Issues that may be determined as part of a couple’s divorce settlement include:
Sometimes, it is necessary for a couple to revise the terms of their divorce settlement after the divorce is finalized because new circumstances have developed, such as a child developing special needs or a job loss that makes it impossible for a paying spouse to make his or her spousal or child support payments. A revision to a divorce settlement is known as a post-decree modification.
When you are considering a divorce, it is important that you first speak with an experienced divorce lawyer who can answer your questions and give you a better understanding of what to expect from the divorce process. He or she will guide you through each step of the divorce process and advocate for your interests.
If you are considering filing for divorce, speak with a member of our team of Washington Township divorce lawyers at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. to learn more about the process and all it entails. Contact our firm today to set up your free legal consultation with us. We are here to answer any questions you have and work with you to reach a fair divorce settlement.
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