Divorce and Separation:

The Macomb Attorneys understand that there may never be a more stressful, emotionally-charged time for you than the time between your decision to seek a divorce and the time a divorce decree is entered. Conflict at home can easily cloud your decision-making as you seek to decide what to do with the family home or other joint property. Moreover, you and your spouse may find yourself in a power struggle over your children, spousal and child support, and your financial savings.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in and out of Michigan divorce courts in resolving the conflicts that will have a lasting effect on your future. If you or someone you love is seeking a divorce, call 1-888-MACOMB-LAW to set up a free, comprehensive consultation to further discuss this important matter.

 


 

The following are some commonly asked questions about the divorce process.

Must there be grounds for a divorce?
No. Michigan is considered a “no fault” divorce state, meaning that spouses don’t have to provide specific proof or give reasons for the breakdown of their marriage.

How long does the divorce process take?
An uncontested divorce without children will take a minimum of 60 days to complete. The minimum time for a divorce with children is 180 days. Under certain circumstances, you can petition the court to shorten those time periods, but it is not the norm.

How long do I have to live in Michigan before I can file for divorce?
180 days (MCL 552.9). Also, you must live in the county that you file in for 10 days.

What if I can’t locate my spouse’s whereabouts?
After filing a divorce in circuit court, if a person can’t serve divorce papers on his/her spouse, a party can file a motion for alternate service.

What is legal separation?
Michigan does not recognize legal separation. Instead, the court action is called Separate Maintenance and is generally filed with the same forms used for divorce proceedings.

What is the difference between a divorce and an annulment?
Divorce ends a valid marriage and annulment voids a marriage considered invalid because of defects surrounding its legality. There are two kinds of annulments, Legal and Religious. A religious annulment is a voiding of a marriage from the perspective of a religious organization and has no legal foundation or effect on a person’s rights. A legal annulment is a legal declaration that no marriage ever existed because of factors or circumstances considered to have invalidated the marriage. Marriages where bigamy, incest, underage persons or mental incompetency are involved may be legally annulled by courts of law.

Please call 1-888 MACOMB LAW for a free initial consultation.

The Macomb Attorneys practice law in Armada, Armada Township, Bruce Township, Centerline, Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Eastpointe, Fraser, Harrison Township, Lenox Township, Macomb Township, Mount Clemens, New Baltimore, New Haven, St. Clair Shores, Ray Township. Richmond, Richmond Township, Romeo, Roseville, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights, Warren, Utica, Washington Township and many other Michigan communities.