Some people say that there are three most stressful events in a person’s life: moving houses, getting married, and losing a loved one. Lawyers would like to add more to this list, and one of these stressful things is getting divorced.
Getting divorced in Michigan, or anywhere else in the world, is one of the things that can cause you to lose a lot of hair and years of your life. Especially if you have a lot of property, children, or if the reason for divorce is bitter for both parties, getting divorced is a challenge.
With that, we have put together a quick guide on what you should know about getting divorced in Michigan. There is more information, and we would like to keep this brief.
To begin, let us talk about your eligibility to get divorced in Michigan.
Am I Eligible to Get A Divorce in Michigan?
If either you or your spouse are residents of Michigan, one or both of you may file for divorce. Residents of Michigan who have lived at least six months before filing for divorce may get divorced under Michigan Law.
You, or your spouse, may file your divorce in a circuit court where you have lived for at least ten days before filing. If both spouses live in Michigan, you may file in either of the counties of the parties.
What Do I Need To Prove If I Want To Get Divorced In Michigan?
In Michigan, the only thing you need to prove is that you no longer want to be married, and you need to be sure about it. Why? Michigan is one of those states which has no-fault divorce. This is one of the unique points of getting a divorce in Michigan.
What Are The Unique Requirements of Getting A Divorce in Michigan?
No-fault divorce means that there is no need to prove anything for the parties to get divorced. The spouses may get divorced even if they did something wrong that led to the end of the marriage.
No Agreement Between Parties
The party who is not seeking the divorce does not need to agree to the divorce even if the cheating spouse or the spouse at fault can file for the divorce.
No Other Requirements
The spouses also do not need to prove that they are legally separated or already living separately for a divorce to proceed.
So, what are the requirements to get a divorce in Michigan?
To get a divorce in Michigan, the only thing required is that one of the spouses, most of the time the individual filing for divorce, testify to the following, that:
“There has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.”
This means that the marriage has broken down and can no longer be worked together by the spouses.
What If I Do Not Yet Want A Divorce?
If you think that a divorce is not yet the right option for you or your spouse, you can always go for either an annulment or get legally separated.
An annulment is a decision of the court stating that the parties were not married in the first place. You can only get an annulment in some instances and there must be compliance with the strict list provided.
What are the grounds for an annulment? In Michigan, you may only get an annulment in certain situations such as age, the parties’ relationship, bigamy, incompetence, or when one of the parties was only forced to marry the other.
On the other hand, there is legal separation when you are still considered as married at the end of the proceedings, but you will be living separately as if you are not.
Effects of Getting Divorced
If you are already sure about getting divorced, you should know that it comes with severe effects on you and your family.
End of Marriage
Since you have claimed in your filing that there is an act or a circumstance that led to the breakdown of your marriage, getting a divorce means putting an end to that marriage.
Dividing Your Properties
Just like what you see in the movies, you will also experience getting your properties divided at the end of the marriage. Also known as the separation of assets, any property or debt you incur during the marriage will be divided between you and your spouse. Most of the time, you and your spouse would need to decide how you will divide your property, but a Southfield separation of assets attorney is more than happy to help.
What if you cannot agree on the property division? If the parties cannot agree to the property division, you would have to move your case in front of a judge. The judge is mandated by law to divide the properties as fairly and as equitable as possible.
Spousal Support (Alimony)
Just to give you a piece of brief information on it, spousal support is a necessary off-shoot of getting divorced, especially if one of the spouses depends on the other economically during the subsistence of the marriage. This can all be settled with the help of one of our Southfield spousal support lawyers.
Let Haque Legal Help You With Your Divorce
Now that you know the basics about divorce, it is time to get down to it. If you require a lawyer who can assist you with filing a divorce or if your spouse has filed for divorce in Michigan, it is essential to know that you also have a team that can help you out with your specific needs. Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that the law will protect those who are innocent and the full extent of justice will be used.
The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.
Let us help you out.
If you need assistance in the process, a Southfield divorce lawyer to help you during your proceedings, call us immediately. If you have any problem with the law or are seeking justice and truth, we are standing by to take your call.